In her performances, Elise Kermani combines sound poetry with real and imagined words, extended voice with live electronic processing and movement, many times to create a "warm" technology. Her most current work revolves around a handful of women characters, each displaying a separate range of human emotion through the mythical stories they tell with their bodies and voices in an abstract yet clear supernatural language. Kermani performs solo or in collaboration with video artists, computer programmers and designers to stage her multi-disciplinary works. She is also a creative force in the new music ensemble Trousers. For Kermani, we. as artists, "must strive to be scientists by discovering a new world and a new language. We have a social responsibility to incorporate the use of new technology into our work, just as modern science, business and education has - not as a defensive reaction to our changing technology, but as an integrated leader."
A sound artist and technical engineer, Kieltyka has worked as chief engineer and production consultant with a wide variety of artists on film, album, radio and theater projects. She has composed radio sound art pieces for New American Radio in 1988 and 1989. Kieltyka teaches sound theory and audio production for film at the School of Visual Arts, engineers and produces soundtracks for video artists at Studio Pass, NYC, is Sound Designer for Squat Theater in the US and Europe and is a freelance sound engineer.
Jin Hi Kim
A composer and Korean komungo virtuoso, Kim is a rarity: a musician fully trained in the complexities of Korean traditional music who has been able to integrate her Asain skill and sensibilities with the demands of the Western avant-garde. After she completed her study of Korean traditional music at National High School of Traditional Music and Seoul National University, she came to America for further study and received an M.F.A. degree in electronic music/composition at Mills college. Her music retains the timbral and microtonal subtleties of her Korean heritage while incorporating the similar concerns of experimental music. Whether she is working with electronics or with western or Korean instruments, she strikes a balance of delicacy and power that is unique and evocative. Increasingly well-regarded on the international new music circuit, her music has been performed worldwide, most prominently by Kronos Quartet and by leading chamber music ensembles such as Relache, the Fidelio Trio, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the California E.A.R. Unit, as well as by outstanding solo performers.
Knowles first introduced her work internationally through the Fluxus group in the early sixties. She has worked continually since then as a visual artist, doing sound works for radio, performances and installations. She has authored a number of books and articles. As poet and writer, she continues to expand the spirit of Fluxus in her recent work. Much of her studies concern food - beans, for example. Joshua Selman has collaborated with her on several sound art projects including Frijoles Canyon, Setsubun and Northwater Song. Recently published are her books, Spoken Text and Bread and Water.
Born in 1940 in New York, Kostelanetz has published many books of poetry, fiction, criticism and cultural history , including John Cage (1970), Conversing With Cage (1988), On Innovative Music(ian)s (1989). Merce Cunningham (1992), Writing about Cage (1993), John Cage: Writer(1993) and A Dictionary of the Avante-Garde (1993). He recently edited Nicholas Slonimsky: The First 100 Years (1994) and A Portable Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (1995). He has been working with audio since 1975, video since 1976, film since 1977, holography since 1978, and his personal computer since 1982. His audio tapes and audio-videotapes have been broadcast and exhibited around the world.