matralab explore : Terri Hron’s Portrait Collection


March 09, 2016

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

How do virtual forms of interaction challenge established notions of physical presence within collective improvisation?

Crossing temporal and physical boundaries redefines what playing with someone means. I am seeking different approaches and technologies that reflect on connectedness and individuality in musical creation. Portrait Collection is one example, where I attempt a translation of idea of portraiture to sound works, and in which I ask a set of musicians to improvise with mediated versions of themselves and each other. I am interested in what makes agency believable and the feeling of interaction possible. I am developing a short list of questions to put to these musicians and need advice and feedback. I am especially interested in how my questions intersect with the mandate and experience of Bhagwati’sNative Alien.

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Recorder player and composer Terri Hron mostly makes music in collaboration with others. Currently she directs NESTING, a performance integrating musical, visual and embodied practices and Portrait Collection, a band of unique performer-composers working with electronics. Her collaborators include Monty Adkins, Luciane Cardassi, Marie-Hélène Breault, Katelyn Clark, Camille Hesketh, and Cléo Palacio-Quintin. She studies ways to encourage and notate collaborative practices in the creation of electroacoustic music for specific performers as well as how multimedia influences musicians in performance.