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Kala Pierson (1977-     )

Kala Pierson, composerKala Pierson is a sound/media artist and composer. Her work is fluid, focused on gesture and momentum rather than steady rhythms. Its "seductive textures and angular harmonies" (Washington Post) are "intricately structured, both mathematical and lyrical" (Dnevnik). She studied at Eastman School of Music (with Joseph Schwantner, Augusta Read Thomas, David Liptak and Robert Morris), where she held a George Eastman Scholarship; Bard College at Simon's Rock, where she won the Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts; and Tanglewood Institute/BUTI. At Eastman, she also played in the Balinese gamelan, sang in the Eastman Chorale, and co-founded the new-music groups Ossia and Alarm Will Sound. Later, she co-founded the South Oxford Six composers' collective. She has taught, led workshops, read at conferences, and published in music journals in the U.S. and Germany; and for two years, she taught media design in Fordham University's journalism program at Lincoln Center. Her works have been performed and installed in 16 countries; in festivals including Musica Viva, ICMC, SEAMUS, Contemporanea (Citta di Udine), Spark, and Canaan Downs; and in venues ranging from a forest to a medieval fortress to the World Financial Center Winter Garden. As a finalist for the Kraft Media Prize, she had sound-art work performed at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Gallery and The Phillips Collection. U.S.-born and primarily NYC-based since 2000, she focuses on multi-country projects and collaborations. Since 2004, her Axis of Beauty project has collected texts by living Middle Eastern writers, combining these texts with both notated music and audio/installations, in an ongoing response to "Axis of Evil" wartime propaganda. In 2012, her site-specific audio installation series Singing Stones will travel in Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. She co-founded Summer in Sombor, an international composition seminar held each July since 2007 in northern Serbia. She has been an Artist in Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center and a resident composer in the Composers and the Voice series at American Opera Projects.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Kala Pierson Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
[under construction]
Axis of Beauty, multimedia work (2004) [in collaboration with instrumentalist Sukato]
Gather These Mirrors, [????] (2008?)
Singing Stones, sound installation (2008?)
Liberty Flickering, [ensemble] (2008?)
Chilling Effects, tape (2008?)
Stunning Sun, [voice and string quartet] (2008)
Torno al Foco, [chorus?] (2008?)
Floating Point, violin and cello (2008?)
Remember Water, fixed electronic media (2009?)
Shahida, tape (2009?)
A Little Piece of the Sun, incidental music, tape (????)
Chikatilo Arc, [tape] (2009?)
Circle of Ice, [soprano and piano] (2010?)
Esam Pasha, [chorus?] (2010?)
Metallic Focusing, [????] (????)
Nada ansío de nada, [video score] (????)
Cumulus, cello (????)
Three Ripples, for soprano and piano (????)

and online collaborations with author Christine Boyka Kluge and artist/designer Rick Mullarky


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Kala Pierson Links     ~ top of page ~
[under construction]
Dramatic/Theater

Orchestra

Band

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra

Chorus w/Orchestra

Choral
The Turning Earth, [chorus?] (2009?)

Chamber

Solo Instrument

Piano

Vocal

Incidental/Film

Electronic/Multimedia


KALA PIERSON  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
[under construction]

Composer's website    . . .   contact Kala Pierson:  
Composer's Blog

Kala Pierson @ American Opera Projects
Kala Pierson @ ArtSlant
Kala Pierson @ CCi (Composer Collaborative, Inc.)
Kala Pierson @ Cultural Centre of Novi Sad (in Serbian)
Kala Pierson @ Facebook
Kala Pierson @ Greg Smith Singers
Kala Pierson @ International Alliance for Women in Music
Kala Pierson @ Silver Sounds/The Sound Artists
Kala Pierson @ 60x60 VermilionMix
Kala Pierson @ South Oxford Six
Kala Pierson @ Syracuse University    also    here
Kala Pierson @ Vox Novus

Publisher
Kala Pierson @ [????]

Streaming Audio
Kala Pierson @ Silver Sounds/The Sound Artists

Recordings
[none at the moment?]

Video
Kala Pierson @ YouTube
Kala Pierson @ Google Video
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