Evolving over the last seven years, A Solo Voice by Odeya Nini is an investigation of extended vocal techniques, resonance and pure expression, exploring the relationship between mind and body and the various landscapes it can yield. The work is a series of malleable compositions and improvisations that include field recordings and theatrical elements, aiming to dissociate the voice from its traditional attributes and create a new logic of song that is not only heard but seen through movement. Through multi-dimensionality that serves to both provoke and soothe in abstract communication, the voice is presented in its spectrum of natures as it travels through cultures, ages, emotions and colors, like photographs, with tender intimacy and bold aberrance.
Presented by Vermont Dance Alliance and the Middlebury Dance Department.
Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interests are performance practices, textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds, in works spanning chamber music to vocal pieces and collages of musique concrète. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. Odeya has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artist, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with artists such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris, Lucy & Jorge Orta, The Industry & Wild Up.
Odeya's work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as Resonant Bodies Festival, The LA Phil, The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, The Kitchen, MONA and Art Basel Miami, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Australia, Mongolia, Madagascar and Vietnam. She has lectured on contemporary vocal techniques and composition and leads vocal sound baths, workshops and retreats exploring the creative and healing qualities of sound, voice, and movement. Odeya holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts. Her debut album Vougheauxyice (Voice), for solo voice, was released in April of 2014 on pfMENTUM records.
October 27, 2018
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