Marta Tiesenga


October 26 | 1:30 | Tower Theatre

Vik is an interdisciplinary, exploratory approach to the musical score, envisioned in animated film to be interpreted in live musical performance. Through the project, forms are animated and complied indexically through the medium of a performative graphic score for saxophone and electronics, sculpting sound from visual directions to create an encompassing experience. The subject of the animation is Vik i Myrdal, located in southern Iceland. Iceland’s natural landscape is remarkable in how unchanged it has remained throughout time – and how it takes precedent in the experience of the one(s) traversing it. Landmarks, lines, forms, and elevations are distilled from their original state into encompassing visual symbols for synesthetic elements. To create symbols, each realized as a hand drawn animated loop cycle, Tiesenga draws shapes, counters, and gestures that have congeneric and extra generic relation to both the landscape of the area itself and to familiar musical notation. Cataloguing sensory input, compiling it to symbol, and expanding it again to gesture play with our hierarchies of strict categorical understanding of the senses as distinct experiential entities.

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October 26 | 1:30 Vik

Marta Tiesenga is an interdisciplinary artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and animator. In her work, she explores and experiments with intersections between music cognition, music theory, repetition, composition, language and nonverbal communication, transience, and experience. She works with images/sound/performance and strives to find an encompassing synthesis between media with inter-sensory art. To do this, she pushes the boundaries of score-making and interpretation. Marta draws shapes, contours, and gestures that have congeneric and extrageneric relation to both the topography of spaces and to familiar musical notation. They explore how atypical instructions are interpreted by performers negotiating this interpretation in real time.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Marta is an active performer, improviser, and proponent of new music and interdisciplinary collaborations, performing in LA venues ranging in diversity from The Echo to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Notable collaborations include working with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago with coachings conducted by members of Eighth Blackbird, the New Century Players, ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Yale University, and California Institute for the Arts, as well as soloists from around the world.

She is an MFA candidate in Composition – Experimental Sound Practices and Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts, she studies with Michael Pisaro, Eyvind Kang, Sara Roberts, and Ulrich Krieger. Originally classically trained in saxophone performance, Marta earned her BM from the Eastman School of Music, studying under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Marta has performed as a founding member of Eastman Saxophone Project and in masterclasses led by Claude Delangle (Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris), Lars Mlekusch (Konservatorium Wien University), Otis Murphy (Indiana University), and Carrie Koffman (The Hartt School, University of Hartford).