Hae Voces – A Musical Collaboration with Sonya Rapoport

The Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust is pleased to announce Rapoport Remembered: One, a multi-part, interactive multimedia performance by Bay Area musician/composers Hae Voces Majel Connery and Kristina Dutton – that draws on Sonya Rapoport’s computer mediated “audience participation performances” Objects On My Dresser (1979-2015) and Shoe-Field (1981-1987).

Hae Voces – Majel Connery (top), Kristina Dutton (bottom) with Sonya Rapoport’s “Nu-Shu” stencils.

Shoe-Field and Objects On My Dresser explore human psychological relationships to domestic objects. Hae Voces’ response to these works is a series of musical portraits based on past and present audience data and quotes. Each portrait is composed using live processing, pre-recorded sounds, and loops. The performance will begin in the center of the space on a grid of floor tiles from Rapoport’s Shoe-Field. Each portrait is signaled by changes in position, sound source, and lighting.

Violin and voice are instruments classically understood to speak directly to the listener. Hae Voces amplifies the latent lyricism in Rapoport’s work, giving her viewers an experience of emotional directness.

At the heart of this performance are questions about the nature of community, and the inquisitive approach to technology that is a hallmark of the Bay Area. Rapoport saw her viewers as intelligent, independent agents. Her artistic research into computing and the subjective qualities of domestic objects strived to connect humans and technology. This work is strikingly relevant in today’s world, where personal preferences have become big business, and the relationship between humans and computers is increasingly complex.

Save the Date!

The performance will premiere June 1-2, 2018 at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, which presented Sonya Rapoport’s Retrospective Exhibition Pairing of Polarities (2011). Details including showtimes and other performances will be announced here soon!

In keeping with her own practice of continually returning to and reinventing her older works, Sonya Rapoport expressed the desire to continue collaborating with other artists and thinkers – this is the SRLT’s inaugural effort to honor her wish.

The composer/musicians:

Majel Connery is a vocalist, composer, musicologist and director of Opera Cabal, a think tank of artists, scholars and makers rewriting the story of opera for the 21st century. As 2016-17 Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University, together with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Connery commissioned and performed Pulitzer-winner Caroline Shaw’s “Contriving the Chimes” with opera director Christopher Alden. Current projects include “The Sea” with Grammy-nominated A Far Cry, and two albums on Naxos/Vision Into Art Records with her composer collective, Oracle Hysterical. Connery was recently named one of KQED’s Women to Watch.

Violinist/composer Kristina Dutton works in a wide range of musical settings, moving freely between interdisciplinary collaboration, new music, and improvisation. Conservatory trained, she has performed on more than 30 albums of various genres, appeared with numerous orchestras, and a handful of internationally acclaimed rock groups. In recent years her interest has focused on composition inspired by science, the natural world, and visual works. Her current work includes collaborative projects nationally and locally on film scores and live performances with videographers, filmmakers, visual artists, and scientists.

Sonya Rapoport, Shoe-Field, documentation of installation at Media Gallery, San Francisco, 1986. Photo by Marion Gray.