Set 1: Stephanie Pan - Our Lady of Late for voice and wine glass
Tuesday September 22, 2009
Stephanie Pan (US/NL)
Stephanie Pan is a singer and performance artist currently based in The Hague, the Netherlands. She performs in experimental music, new music, experimental theater and early music, specializing in extended vocal techniques and live improvisation. At the root of her work is the notion of pure communication; finding a form of contact with the audience which is stripped of social expectations and distractions, that speaks beyond the conventional and social limitations and constructs of language.
As a soloist she has performed in the US and in Europe, premiering works by composers including John Thow, Martijn Padding, Trevor Weston, Barbara Ellison and Jasna Velickovic. In theater, she performs with groups such as de Veenfabriek and the Belarus Free Theatre. She is one-third of Computer Aided Breathing, a trio for voice, organ and live electronics devoted to live improvisation, which she co-founded in 2006. The group released its first CD, Fukuoka Method, in 2007 on SevenInchRecordings. As a Medievalist, she has recorded with Sequentia and is a founding member of Scivias Chor and Ars Choralis Coeln.
Ms. Pan holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Music and Applied Mathematics and a First Phase Diploma, with distinction, in Classical Singing from The Royal Conservatory, The Hague, where she studied with Lenie van den Heuvel, Jill Feldman and Barbara Pearson. She is currently a participant in the post-graduate experimental theater program DasArts.
Our Lady of Late is a study on the use of the voice as a pure and primitive expressive instrument, stripped of the layers and conventions established by culture and society that mask our attempts to communicate.
The performance incorporates both improvisations inspired by and excerpts from the 16-movement piece by Meredith Monk of the same name, written in 1972.