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Kristin Norderval (1957-     )

Kristin Norderval, composerKristin Norderval, soprano, is a performer, composer and improviser who performs a repertoire that spans the renaissance to the avant-garde. Profiled by The New York Times in "Downtown Divas Expand their Horizons", and hailed as one of "new music's best" by the Village Voice, she has performed at festivals throughout the world, and her collaborations have included work with choreographers, sculptors, filmmakers and installation artists. Music for dance, theater, film and performance has figured prominently in Norderval's compositional work. In 2002 Norderval received artist-in-residencies from Harvestworks Digital Media Arts and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Create@iEAR to develop a wireless midi-glove interface for her live computer processing system. This system was used in I Sing the Body Electric, a collaborative work created for Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen (March 2004) and jill sigman/thinkdance's Pulling the Wool, an installation-performance in New York, New York (June 2004), and continues to be developed. Norderval holds a Bachelor of Music in composition from the University of Washington, a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, and a Doctorate in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2003-04 she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the Performance Studies department, and in 2004 and 2005 she was the recipient of a Norwegian Artist's Stipend (Statens kunstnerstipend) for the creation of new work. More recently she was awarded a Henry Cowell grant by the American Music Center (2005) which "supports, encourages, and recognizes composers who exemplify the great American composer Henry Cowell's spirit of innovation and experimentalism in their work" and an American Composer Forum's Jerome Composer's Commissioning Program grant (2006) for a song cycle for the viol quartet Parthenia, with soprano soloist and live electronics. Norderval was formerly Artistic Director for the Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrikstad, Norway, and a Research Fellow at the University of Østfold in Halden, Norway (2006-08), focusing on the creative process within inter-cultural and cross-disciplinary performing arts.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Norderval Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Passenger of Infinity, chorus and piano (1984) [text: Emily Dickinson]
Inner Vision, soprano, narrator and woodwind trio (1996)
Aura, trombone (1998)
Warum kuessen die Menschen?, multi-media concert opera (1999) [w/Hanna Hänni; video: Suzanne Castelberg]
Lydavtrykk: Urban Sound and Sites, sound installation/improvisations (1999) [w/Hege Rimestad, Margit Schoberleitner]
Amorous Anagrams, 2 sopranos, bass clarinet and double bass (1999) [text: Unica Zürn]
Sub, film score (1999) [for short dance film by Kjersti Martinsen, ULTIMA festival, "Dans for Kamera"]
Proud To Be Here, dance piece (2000) [choreography by Katharina Vogel]
Tonspion - City, portrait in sound, voice, violin, cello and electronics (2000)
Monarken, short animated film score (2000) [film by Sidsel Pape, Animerte Dager i Fredrikstad]
TAXI! A musical roundabout (2001) [collab. w/Hege Rimestad, Margit Schoberleitner, Anna Widén, Kjersti Martinsen, Kaia Means]
She Speaks: The Weird Sisters, dance piece (2001) [choreography by Linda Shapiro]
Cellular Memory, Part 2, soprano and sampled sounds (2001)
Not driving, not riding, soprano and live electronics (2001)
Doorjam, voice and trombone (2002) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté]
Ghost Dog, voice and trombone (2002) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté]
Gasholder Duet, voice and trombone (2002) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté]
Flags, 2 voices and trombone (2003) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté and Barbara Barg]
Title X, voice and trombone (2003) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté]
What a Pretty Dog, 2 voices and trombone (2003) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté and Barbara Barg]
I Sing the Body Electric, chamber opera (2004) [text: Whitman, Bradbury, etc]
Pulling the Wool: An American Landscape of Truth and Deception, dance piece (2004) [concept, perf., installation: Jill Sigman]
Anthem, voice and laptop (2005)
God in the Machine, film score (2005) [music featured in the full-length film by Kathleen Harty, Anthology Film Archives]
RED, dance piece [voice, laptop and hemispherical speakers] (2006) [choreography by Carrie Ahern]
Rupture, dance piece [voice and laptop] (2007) [choreography by Jill Sigman]
Welcome to Paradise: A Requiem, interdisciplinary performance-installation (2008) collab. w/Christoph Theiller & Amund Sveen]
Sub/veillance, a trombone, a soprano, a video artist, 3 laptops and tools for surveillance ... (2008) [w/Liberovskaya & Buzzarté]
Now!  … and then?, telematic work for ensembles in three different locations (2008)
Nothing Proved Can Be, song cycle, soprano, viola da gamba quartet and laptop (2008)
Our Lady of Detritus, a mobile collab. interdisciplinary performance & installation (2009) [w/Jill Sigman, choreographer]
My Inner Sole, sculpture and video installation (2009) [w/Zuzka Kurtz; Liz Magic Laser; Steven Kimelman]
Elegy: for Gaza, soprano, violin, trombone, accordion and sampler (2009)
The Wall, video, voice and electronics [proposed 2009; unrealized - replaced in performance with solo voice version of "Passenger of Infinity"]
Fowl Play, dance piece (2010) [choreography by Jill Sigman]
A Remarkable Failure, recorded narrators, soprano, trombone and digital audio (2010)
Tattooed Ghosts, voice, interactive audio and images (2010) [w/Katherine Liberovskaya, and writer Dina Von Zweck]
m/y much desired one, video score (2010) [music DVD, created with video artist Katherine Liberovskaya]
HUT #6:MiniBo, durational installation/performance (2011) [collab. w/Jill Sigman and Amund Sjølie Sveen]
Echo Systems, soprano, bass flute and live electronics (2011)
Papoose, film score (2011) [for independent dance film by Jill Sigman]
Georgy, film score (2011) [for independent dance film by Christina Briggs Winslow and Francesco Martinelli]
What on Earth Is going on?, video doc. short (2011)[Rondi Størseth: voice/sound/pf improv; K. Norderval: vocal improvs]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Norderval Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Warum kuessen die Menschen?, multi-media concert opera (1999) [w/Hanna Hänni; video: Suzanne Castelberg]
I Sing the Body Electric, chamber opera (2004) [text: Whitman, Bradbury, etc]

Performance-Installations
Lydavtrykk: Urban Sound and Sites, sound installation/improvisations (1999) [w/Hege Rimestad, Margit Schoberleitner]
TAXI! A musical roundabout (2001) [collab. w/Hege Rimestad, Margit Schoberleitner, Anna Widén, Kjersti Martinsen, Kaia Means]
Welcome to Paradise: A Requiem, interdisciplinary performance-installation (2008) collab. w/Christoph Theiller & Amund Sveen]
Sub/veillance, a trombone, a soprano, a video artist, 3 laptops and tools for surveillance ... (2008) [w/Liberovskaya & Buzzarté]
Our Lady of Detritus, a mobile collab. interdisciplinary performance & installation (2009) [w/Jill Sigman, choreographer]
My Inner Sole, sculpture and video installation (2009) [w/Zuzka Kurtz; Liz Magic Laser; Steven Kimelman]
HUT #6:MiniBo, durational installation/performance (2011) [collab. w/Jill Sigman and Amund Sjølie Sveen]

Dance
Proud To Be Here, dance piece (2000) [choreography by Katharina Vogel]
She Speaks: The Weird Sisters, dance piece (2001) [choreography by Linda Shapiro]
Pulling the Wool: An American Landscape of Truth and Deception, dance piece (2004) [concept, perf., installation: Jill Sigman]
RED, dance piece [voice, laptop and hemispherical speakers] (2006) [choreography by Carrie Ahern]
Rupture, dance piece [voice and laptop] (2007) [choreography by Jill Sigman]
Fowl Play, dance piece (2010) [choreography by Jill Sigman]

Choral
Passenger of Infinity, chorus and piano (1984) [text: Emily Dickinson]

Chamber
Inner Vision, soprano, narrator and woodwind trio (1996)
Amorous Anagrams, 2 sopranos, bass clarinet and double bass (1999) [text: Unica Zürn]
Tonspion - City, portrait in sound, voice, violin, cello and electronics (2000)
Now!  … and then?, telematic work for ensembles in three different locations (2008)
Nothing Proved Can Be, song cycle, soprano, viola da gamba quartet and laptop (2008)
Elegy: for Gaza, soprano, violin, trombone, accordion and sampler (2009)
A Remarkable Failure, recorded narrators, soprano, trombone and digital audio (2010)
Echo Systems, soprano, bass flute and live electronics (2011)

Solo Instrument
Aura, trombone (1998)

Vocal
Inner Vision, soprano, narrator and woodwind trio (1996)
Amorous Anagrams, 2 sopranos, bass clarinet and double bass (1999) [text: Unica Zürn]
Tonspion - City, portrait in sound, voice, violin, cello and electronics (2000)
Cellular Memory, Part 2, soprano and sampled sounds (2001)
Not driving, not riding, soprano and live electronics (2001)
Doorjam, voice and trombone (2002) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté]
Ghost Dog, voice and trombone (2002) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté]
Gasholder Duet, voice and trombone (2002) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté]
Flags, 2 voices and trombone (2003) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté and Barbara Barg]
Title X, voice and trombone (2003) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté]
What a Pretty Dog, 2 voices and trombone (2003) [co-composed w/Monique Buzzarté and Barbara Barg]
Anthem, voice and laptop (2005)
Now!  … and then?, telematic work for ensembles in three different locations (2008)
Nothing Proved Can Be, song cycle, soprano, viola da gamba quartet and laptop (2008)
Elegy: for Gaza, soprano, violin, trombone, accordion and sampler (2009)
A Remarkable Failure, recorded narrators, soprano, trombone and digital audio (2010)
Tattooed Ghosts, voice, interactive audio and images (2010) [w/Katherine Liberovskaya, and writer Dina Von Zweck]
Echo Systems, soprano, bass flute and live electronics (2011)

Film
Sub, film score (1999) [for short dance film by Kjersti Martinsen, ULTIMA festival, "Dans for Kamera"]
Monarken, short animated film score (2000) [film by Sidsel Pape, Animerte Dager i Fredrikstad]
God in the Machine, film score (2005) [music featured in the full-length film by Kathleen Harty, Anthology Film Archives]
The Wall, video, voice and electronics [proposed 2009; unrealized - replaced in performance with solo voice version of "Passenger of Infinity"]
Tattooed Ghosts, voice, interactive audio and images (2010) [w/Katherine Liberovskaya, and writer Dina Von Zweck]
m/y much desired one, video score (2010) [music DVD, created with video artist Katherine Liberovskaya]
Papoose, film score (2011) [for independent dance film by Jill Sigman]
Georgy, film score (2011) [for independent dance film by Christina Briggs Winslow and Francesco Martinelli]
What on Earth Is going on?, video doc. short (2011)[Rondi Størseth: voice/sound/pf improv; K. Norderval: vocal improvs]


NORDERVAL  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Jill Sigman and Kristin Norderval on "Pulling the Wool: An American Landscape of Truth and Deception" (thinkdance.org)
New Music on Old Instruments (Rosemarie Fruehauf, Epoch Times)
Queeries for Composer/Soprano Kristin Norderval (My Big Gay Ears)

Composer's website    . . .   contact Kristin Norderval: here

Norderval @ American Music Center
Norderval @ AND (Artists Network Database)
Norderval @ Bach Cantatas
Norderval @ CODA/Oslo International Dance Festival
Norderval @ Deep Listening Institute
Norderval @ Electronic Music Foundation Productions
Norderval @ ensemble pi
Norderval @ The Field Guide
Norderval @ HarvestWorks
Norderval @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Norderval @ InstantEncore
Norderval @ International Computer Music Conference
Norderval @ LinkedIn
Norderval @ MySpaceMusic
Norderval @ The New York Times
Norderval @ Norway.org (via Google Advanced Search)
Norderval @ jill sigman/thinkdance
Norderval @ SoundClick
Norderval @ Vaudeville Park
Norderval @ Wuornos Opera
Norderval @ Zanana

Publisher
Norderval @ Composer's website

Streaming Audio
Norderval @ Composer's website
Norderval @ last.fm
Norderval @ MySpaceMusic
Norderval @ Rhapsody.com
Norderval @ SoundClick
Norderval @ SoundCloud

Recordings
Norderval @ Composer's website
Norderval @ Amazon.com
Norderval @ ArkivMusic    also    here
Norderval @ CD Universe
Norderval @ ClassicsOnline
Norderval @ Discogs
Norderval @ DRAM Online    also    here

Video
Norderval @ YouTube
Norderval @ Google Video
Norderval @ Vimeo
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