Reembodied Sound 2024 Concert Artists

Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, and sound installation artist who has developed a wide body of work that explores the relationships between sound and sound production, materiality, and listener. His diverse creations, ranging from immersive sound installations to large-scale microtonal and spatial compositions to open improvisations, have been featured throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Turkey, and have received numerous awards and honors including the Berlin Prize in Music Composition, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and a Fulbright Grant. A lifelong teacher, he is Assistant Professor of Music Composition in the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

Stuart Jackson is a percussionist and uilleann piper from Virginia, now living in Montreal, Canada. He has presented solo percussion concerts at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) and Ausgang Plaza in Montréal, and performed as an uilleann pipe soloist with the Soho Rep Theatre and the Wordless Music Orchestra. His current research project which focuses on an elusive vibraphone solo by Pierre Boulez has received support from the Fonds de recherche du Quèbec and the Paul Sacher Stiftung. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at McGill University under the supervision of Fabrice Marandola and Robert Hasegawa.

Seth Cluett is a composer and visual artist. The recipient of grants from NYSSCA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund, and Meet the Composer, his work has been presented internationally at venues such as The Whitney Museum, MoMA/PS1, Moving Image Art Fair, GRM, and STEIM. Cluett is Artist-in-Residence at Nokia Bell Labs and Director of the Computer Music Center at Columbia University where he is faculty in the Music Department and Assistant Director of the Sound Art MFA Program.

James O’Callaghan is a Canadian composer and multimedia artist based in Berlin. His work has been described as “very personal… with its own colour anchored in the unpredictable” (Goethe-Institut). It spans chamber, orchestral, live electronic and acousmatic idioms, audio installations, video-music, site-specific performances, and electronic dance music. His most frequent collaborators include Ensemble Paramirabo, Standing Wave, Esprit Orchestra, and Sarah Albu, as well as choreographer Édouard Lock and artist Lois Brown. His music has been performed in 27 countries and is available on recordings from empreintes DIGITALes and Ravello Records. Active as an arts organizer, he co-founded and co-directed the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab.

Sara Constant is a musician and artist working in various forms of contemporary/experimental music and sound. Trained as a flute player and active as a soloist, improviser, sound artist, and ensemble musician, Sara’s work involves interpretations of composed music for flute, improvisations with instruments and electronics, and sound installation, exploring ideas around listening, resonance, and place. Sara has performed with Paris-based contemporary music ensemble Semblance, medieval/improvised band Jelly Ear, FAWN, the Canadian Composers Orchestra, and in solo projects across Canada, Europe, and the United States. Sara is currently based in Tkarón:to/Toronto, where they work as a flutist, artist, writer (Musicworks), and curator (Music Gallery).

Japanese composer Keita Matsumiya was a resident artist at Casa de Velazquez in Madrid, sponsored by the French government. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in sound design at Kyushu University while also serving as a Lecturer of Composition at Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture. Previously, he participated in the Cursus de composition program at IRCAM. He earned his master's degree in composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He has been presenting mixed music works, predominantly featuring electronic acoustics and instruments.

Moon Ha is a creative practitioner and performer-researcher who leverages both new and obsolete technology to address sustainability challenges in his music-making. His research involves physical computing and the engineering of handmade sound objects, culminating in the creation of Music Interaction (MI) interfaces crafted from repurposed items, with a focus on emphasizing long-term sustainability as a creative endeavor. Currently, he teaches music at New York University and serves as the Artistic Director/CEO of ensemble mise-en. His research and works are available at ​​

Cathy van Eck (1979 Netherlands) composes relationships between everyday objects, human performers, and sound. She is interested in setting her gestures into unusual, surprising or poetic relationships with sounds, mainly by electronic means. The result could be called performative sound art, since it combines elements from performance art, electronic music, and visual art. She has a teaching position at the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. Her book Between Air and Electricity – Microphones and Loudspeakers as Musical Instruments was published in 2017. She lives and works in Zurich.

Gadi Sassoon is a Milan-based composer, multi-instrumentalist and sonic artist. His latest work Fusion, a large-scale experimental ballet production staged at the Leipzig Opera House, surprised the classical world by receiving enthusiastic public reception and widespread international accolades. His studio albums (Multiverse, Chaos & Order) explore the interplay between synthesis, orchestras, and algorithmically modeled impossible instruments, created in collaboration with physicists and mathematicians.

Described as "mesmerizing" by Classical Voice North America, Alyssa Wixson’s music is a curiosity-fueled exploration of the sonic potential inherent in objects and environments. Employing technology, improvisation, field recordings, and found objects, they construct evocative and immersive pieces that are often informed by the sounds and processes of the natural world. Their music challenges the listener to attend deeply to sonic detail, and to find interest and beauty in sounds that are often otherwise overlooked. They hold an MA in composition from Stony Brook University, and are currently pursuing a PhD in integrated composition, improvisation, and technology at UC Irvine.

Energetic and sincere, June Cummings (she/they) is a percussionist, improviser, and educator based in Long Island, NY. As a performer, she brings the immediacy and materiality of her percussive sound to her repertoire of contemporary works and her collaborations and premieres of electroacoustic works. As an educator, she leads the undergraduate percussion studio at Stony Brook University which strives to promote student collaboration through experimental music practices and improvisation. She is currently studying for her master’s degree from Stony Brook University and received her bachelor degree from James Madison University.

Events and Residencies

Saturday / February 3, 2024 at 7:00 pm

EMPAC, Arts Department

Reembodied Sound 2024
February 2–3, 2024

EMPAC, Arts Department

A festival and symposium of transducer-based music and sonic art