Mouthpiece I, II, IV und VI
Erin Gee

USA, Austria

Wednesday, 13th ° 10.00 pm
Thursday, 14th ° 10.00 pm

The pieces performed and written by Erin Gee come from the series Mouthpiece. Mouthpiece I, II, IV are pieces for solo voice with two microphones and headset microphone.

These pieces work with layering mutations of Sanskrit phrases through vocal manipulation, Morse code transliteration and sign language translations. Phonemes from a Sanskrit text from the "Rig Veda" (first mandala, hymn 164, verse 39) have been extracted and mutated, while the original order of the sounds has remained largely unchanged. Mouthpieces V and VI, originally composed as ensemble pieces, will also be performed as solo works. Here, the text was constructed from an interpolation of the mutated Sanskrit text and a mapping of the consonant/vowel pattern of each Sanskrit syllable onto a newly constructed set of 'consonants' and 'vowels'.

Accordingly, a net of layering meaning units originates, and makes their transmission a subject of discussion.

Erin Gee (1974) was born in California and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano and composition, respectively, from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Réne Lecuona, Lawrence Fritts, andJeremy Dale Roberts. Most recently, she has studied as a postgraduate with Beat Furrer in Graz, Austria. She has had performances at the MATA Festival (New York), the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), the R.A.T. conference (Novi Sad), at Akademie Schloss Solitude by Ensemble Surplus, at the Kunsthaus Bregenz with artist Tone Fink, in Musik Protokoll by Klangforum Wien, by Szene Instrumental and others. In 2004 she was one of the winners of the Impuls competition and has received commissions from ensembles and festivals such as Klangforum Wien, Bludenz Tage der Zeitgmässe Musik, Duo Contour, and Piktogramm.
Her CD of works for solo voice will be appearing on the kleine idiomatische Reihe in the spring of 2005.