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Two large scale choral compositions recorded at New York City's Park Avenue Armory and at South London Gallery: ""Teenage Lontano" re-envisions composer Gyorgy Ligeti's 1960s orchestral work, using an immersive sound environment and the collective voices of an ensemble of teenagers; in "roygbiv&b" a teen ensemble in London riff off of mis-hearings of the acronym "ROYGBIV".
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Catalog ID: RM 4121LP
Squidco Product Code: 31464
Side A recorded at the Park Avenue Armory , in New York, New York, on March 8th, 2008.
Side B recorded at South London Gallery, in London, UK, on June 11th, 2014.
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• Show Bio for Marina Rosenfeld
"Marina Rosenfeld is a composer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her works explore acoustic architectures and experimental forms of participation and sociality in sound installation and performance.
In 1993 she mounted her first all-woman Sheer frost orchestra as a student at CalArts in Los Angeles. Subsequent works in the 90s and aughts explored the staging of sound in complex sites, with attention to perception and the (female) body. In the late nineties she also began to create dub plates, developing an improvisational practice as a turntablist with a distinctive palette of sounds drawn from her studio practice. From 2008, with Teenage Lontano, she turned her attention increasingly to the diffusion of the voice within complex systems, with works for choir and the notable collaboration P.A./HARD LOVE with Annette Henry, aka Warrior Queen. Her music has continued to experiment in the areas of performance and notation, staging and concept, and in recent works, image and object.
Rosenfeld has collaborated with a core group of artists and interpreters, especially Okkyung Lee, Marino Formenti, George Lewis, Christian Marclay, Greg Fox, Eli Kezler, and Ben Vida. Between 2004 and 2008, she performed frequently with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and in recent years, created scores for choreographers Ralph Lemon (Scaffold Room, 2014-2015) and Maria Hassabi (PLASTIC, 2016, STAGED?, 2017, and STAGING, 2017-2018).
Rosenfeld's work has been presented by the Park Avenue Armory, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kitchen, the Whitney and Guggenheim museums, the Fondacion Serralves, Western Australia's Midlands Railway Workshops, and festivals and institutions throughout Europe, the US, Canada and Australia. She has mounted solo exhibitions in recent years at Portikus Frankfurt, the Artist's Institute and, upcoming in 2021, at Kunsthaus Baselland in Basel, Switzerland. Her work has been included in two Whitney biennials, two PERFORMA biennials, the Montreal Biennial, Liverpool Biennial, and international surveys such "Every Time A Ear Di Soun" ( for Documenta14), and Tasmania's "Dark Mofo" in 2019. In the contemporary music field, she has created works for the Holland, Borealis, Wien Modern, Time:Spans, Maerz Musik, Vancouver, Pro Musica Nova, Donaueschingen, Musica Strasbourg and Ultima festivals, among many others.
Rosenfeld has been the co-chair of the MFA in Music/Sound at Bard College since 2007, and has been a visiting professor in sound, sculpture and performance at Cooper Union, Harvard, Yale School of Art, and Brooklyn College. In 2019 she was Inga Otto Maren Fellow of the Watermill Foundation, and she is currently a research artist with Experiments in Art and Technology at Bell Labs Nokia. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY."-Marina Rosenfeld Website (https://www.marinarosenfeld.com/about)
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1. Teenage Lontano 21:09 SIDE B
1. roygbiv&b 16:28
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"Teenage Lontano" and "roygbiv&b", from 2008 and 2011 respectively, comprise two key works by composer and artist Marina Rosenfeld. Both works are choral compositions imagined for and enacted by teenagers.
Premiered in New York's immense Park Avenue Armory, "Teenage Lontano" is Rosenfeld's groundbreaking "cover version" of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti's 1960s classic for orchestra. Teenage Lontano is reimagined as an immersive sound environment bisected by a column of teenagers in headphones. Beneath a loudspeaker rotating at the phonographic speed of 33 1/3 rpm, the teens' collective voices produce a hauntingly vulnerable account of Ligeti's dissonant polychords. "Teenage Lontano" has been performed on three continents, including a French premiere in 2020 as part of Musica Strasbourg.
In "roygbiv&b", asynchronous, sometimes raucous incantations of song fragments swell and dissipate, loosely organized around a purposeful mis-hearing of the acronym ROYGBIV: in Rosenfeld's version, "r" evokes "are" (as in, "Are you that somebody..."); o is "oh" ("Oh, oh, oh?"); y becomes "why" ("Why should my heart...); g is "je (sus)", and so on. The extra "b" in the work's title pays homage to the "blue(s)" of r&b. Rosenfeld's punning, spectral composition had its debut performance at the Museum of Modern Art in 2011. The recording featured on this edition took place at the South London Gallery in 2014 realized by local south Londoners, the recording highlighting their style and genre affiliations. Both works have remained unpublished until now."-Room40
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