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Laetitia Sonami at Constellation
October 19, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Laetitia SONAMI presents POLAR ATTRACTIONS, two works performed on the Spring Spyre, her new electronic invention now eclipsing the lady’s glove – PERIPHERAL VISION, a solo work in progress recounts the merging of three characters and their unique gestures; OCCAM IX was composed by Eliane RADIGUE for Sonami’s Spring Spyre.
“Experimental music is rarely this visceral and engaging” – Los Angeles Times
“Working since the 1980s, Laetitia Sonami continues to serve as an important figure for female artists working with technology. Her lady’s glove made her a well-‐known name within the performance art scene, particularly because she was one of a few women experimenting with sound and technology.“ – Complex Mag
Laetitia Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in live electronic music. She studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman.
Sonami’s sound performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised new gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place and objects.
Best known for her unique instrument, the elbow-‐length lady’s glove, which is fitted with an array of sensors tracking the slightest motion of her hand and body, she has performed worldwide and earned substantial international renown.
Recent projects include the design of a new instrument, the Spring Spyre, based on the application of neural networks to real-time audio synthesis; an improvisation duo, Sparrows and Ortolans, with James Fei; and Le Corps Sonore, a fully immersive sound installation on six floors of the Rubin Museum, NYC in collaboration with Eliane Radigue and Bob Bielecki.
Sonami has received numerous awards among which the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards.