Designing + Customizing Instruments for Performance and Recording
Laurie Anderson will talk about her ever-evolving development of new instruments and interfaces for her productions and performances, and her “new rig,” which finally allows her to travel with a suitcase of her custom configuration of instruments. She will be joined by her software and hardware collaborators Konrad Kaczmarek, Liubo Borissov, and Shane Koss. She will also discuss her new work with the Kronos Quartet, which premieres in March as part of the inaugural performances of the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford.
The theater at this point is entirely reserved, however we will be live streaming the talk from the theater to the concert hall and all will be accommodated. You do NOT need a reservation for the concert hall viewing and it is also FREE. At the conclusion of the talk Ms. Anderson will stop in the concert hall to say hello.
Tickets for those with reservations will be available for pick-up starting at 5PM the evening of the performance; they must be claimed by 6:45PM or they will be released.
One of America’s most renowned performance artists, Laurie Anderson’s genre-crossing work encompasses performance, film, music, installation, writing, photography, and sculpture. She is widely known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings and has numerous major works to her credit, including United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), Stories from the Nerve Bible (1993), Songs and Stories for Moby Dick (1999), and Life on a String (2001), among others. She has had countless collaborations with an array of artists, from Jonathan Demme and Brian Eno to Bill T. Jones and Peter Gabriel.
Anderson has invented several technological devices for use in her recordings and performance art shows, including voice filters, a tape-bow violin, and a talking stick. In 2002, she was appointed NASA’s first artist-in-residence, and she was also part of the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She has published six books, produced numerous videos, films, radio pieces, and original scores for dance and film. In 2007, she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts. She lives in New York City.