Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Illuminating » Margaret Noble and Susan Narucki

Sushi Contemporary Performing and Visual Arts
390 Eleventh Ave. (at J St), San Diego, CA 92101
Reservations: 619-235-8466
$15.00 / $10.00 students
8PM - Map

Margaret Noble, electronics

Using a variety of acoustic instruments, analogue synthesizers, and voice, this multi- channel performance will push against tensions facing the solo performer in the electro-acoustic genre. Most notably challenging for this project are the dualities of prepared vs. improvised, pop vs. experimental, and acoustic vs. electronic. The experience of a music performance is ideally interactive in feel between audience and performer. The tensions used in this work are designed to bring forward a new sound experience that is challenging and yet still accessible.

Susan Narucki, soprano

Narucki calls her set "Bending the Voice” - it explores the edges between speaking and singing, bending narratives, and the perception of time. The set includes works by John Cage, a piece for voice/electronics and an experimental work about narrative that Narucki is creating.

Margaret Noble

Margaret Noble started her career in the sound-arts as an electronic music DJ in the underground club community of Chicago. From 2003 to 2004, she traveled as performance DJ throughout the United States and Mexico. In 2004, she branched out from dancefloor DJing into more experimental interests and created a monthly sound arts showcase in Chicago called, “Spectacle.” Throughout this period she received multiple write-ups in UR, Newcity, The Sun Times, The Reader, The Chicago Tribune, and Vogue. From 2005 to 2007, she completed an MFA in sound art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She now performs locally and nationally as an experimental composer in solo and in collaboration. Her collaborative works include sound for film, theatre, dance, and installation which have screened in a variety of festivals and art openings nationally and internationally. In 2007, she received the Hayward Prize and International Governor’s Grant both for sound work. Her recent artist residencies include the MAK museum of Vienna, Austria and the Salzburg Academy of Fine Art.


Susan Narucki

Susan Narucki is recognized as one of today's leading interpreters of contemporary music. Her recent engagments include Elliott Carter's Tempo e Tempi with James Levine and MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Stravinsky's Les Noces with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gerard Grisey's L'icône paradoxale with the Orchestra of Radio France at the Cité de la Musique, and Liza Lim's Mother Tongue with the ELISION Ensemble at the Maerzmuzik Festival in Berlin. Her portrayal of "Mama" in Elliott Carter's opera What Next? (directed by Christopher Alden) was praised by the New York Times as "compelling and luminous." Ms Narucki has earned both Grammy and Cannes awards for her recordings of the works of George Crumb and a 2002 Grammy nomination in the Best Classical Vocal Performance for Elliott Carter's Tempo e Tempi, all on Bridge Records. Her extensive discography includes Louis Andreissen's Writing to Vermeer on Nonesuch, and the Netherlands Opera production of Claude Vivier's Rêves D'un Marco Polo on Opus Arte DVD. She serves on the faculty of the University of California at San Diego as Professor of Voice.