Powering Up / Powering Down 1/30/04-2/1/04
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Kristin Nordeval

“No, no, she's fine”

for voice and live computer processing (Max/MSP)
excerpt from I Sing The Body Electric commissioned by Den Anden Opera

I Sing The Body Electric is a music theater piece commissioned by Den Anden Opera and created in collaboration with Line Tjørnhøj and Carl Unander-Scharin, both singer/composers who work with technology. Inspired by Walt Whitman's poem of the same name, and by a short story by Ray Bradbury, the work takes on the themes of our present ability to stand at the edges of life through medical technology. It will be premiered in March, 2004 in Copenhagen at Den Anden Opera. The wireless trigger system which will be used in the piece was developed by the DIEM studio in Aarhus, Denmark.


Kristin Norderval is a classical singer, improviser and composer. She received her Bachelor of Music in composition from the University of Washington, and her Master of Music and Doctorate in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. Profiled by The New York Times in “Downtown Divas Expand their Horizons”, and hailed as one of “new musicís best” by the Village Voice, she has performed at festivals throughout the world, and her collaborations have included work with choreographers, sculptors, filmmakers and installation artists. Her credits include performances with the Netherlands Dance Theater, Oslo Sinfonietta, the San Francisco Symphony and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Inspired by her work with directors such as Robert Wilson, Martha Clarke and Victoria Marks, she has focused her efforts on exploring new theatrical and musical contexts for the use of the classically trained voice. She received artist-in-residencies at Harvestworks Digital Arts studio and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002 to work on the intersection of voice with electronics through a real-time computer processing system. Upcoming commissions include works for Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen and for jill sigman/thinkdance in New York. Norderval is one half of the duo Zanana.

“Powering Up/Powering Down” is sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), and the UC San Diego Department of Music in connection with the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Literature at UCSD along with the UC Riverside and Los Angeles campuses.