Parts to Sing Empty
Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarket, demolition district, and the dark. Her work reconfigures the everyday to retune habits of our ears through sound, text, light, image, and movement. For a decade her studies of the guqin, the Chinese seven-string zither traditionally played for private meditation in nature, has informed her thinking on listening in social spaces. Recent projects include a marble chase and commissions for Klangforum Wien and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The work has been presented in 24 countries and described by the New York Times as “the evening’s most consistently alluring… a quiet but lush meditation.” It has been supported and commissioned by Impuls, MATA, Fulbright, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships, Stanford University Sudler Prize, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, ASCAP, Emory Planetarium, and Machine Project at the Hammer Museum. Recordings are available on Perishable, the wulf., and Quakebasket. She earned a PhD in music from the University of California, San Diego, and an MA in Modern Thought and Literature and BA in music from Stanford University, with an honors thesis on free improvisation and radical politics.
Carolyn Chen; Parts to Sing Empty. CR: The New Centennial Review 1 July 2018; 18 (2): 35–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.14321/crnewcentrevi.18.2.0035
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