Elise KERMANI (USA)
Elise Kermani (1960, Michigan City, Indiana, USA) Ц composer, lingua-artist, media-artist. Studied Composition at the DePauw University (¬ј, Greencastle, 1983). Later she took a course of Interdisciplinary Arts Studies at the Columbia College (ћј, Chicago, 1986), at the same time studying basics of Electronic Musical Composition at the Roosevelt University (1983) and California State University Northridge (1985) and Literature at the University of California (Los Angeles, 1986). She is the founder and art director of the MiShinnah Productions (since 1985) Ц a project that involves production of various experimental audio and video products (at her own recording studio Ishtar Records), releasing and producing of theatrical performances. She is the author of a number of compositions in the area of vocal and improvisational technique, and lingiua-art, including the following ones: Shoulder Blades (Manifestation II, Aweful Records, 1991), Spiral (The Aerial Sound Journal #4, Santa Fe: Nonsequitor Foundation, 1991), PriscillaТs Call (Ishtar CD 001, 1993), Anonymous Love Song (Ishtar CD 002, 1996), TROUSERS (Celler CD, 1997), DREADmonad (Ishtar CD 101, 1997), Elor and Wrap it Up (Musing 4.0, Ishtar CD 201, 1999), Solos for Air (Ishtar CD 301, 1999), Asian Bad Reign (Pakistani Space Mission Project, Snowdonia Ed., 1999) and others, and also of the vocal-improvisational productions: Osculation (jointly with D. Malone, Heuristic Musings, 1992), Verge (jointly with D. Malone, Heuristic Musings, 1996) and 4x4 (for the radio series Sounds of Chicago, Experimental Sound Studio, 1990). Kermani is actively collaborating with representatives of related artistic trends, composing music for the theatre, choreographic performances and TV. Among her productions created for the theatre in the 1990s are the following ones: Voices in the Dark (Nat Horne Theatre, New York, 1992), TWISTERS (Nat Horne Theatre, New York, 1992), The Black Starcase (Circle Rep, New York, 1993), 123sumthing (One Dream Theatre, New York, 1997), Women in History (Asphalt Green Theatre, 1998) and others, for the choreographic performances: ROOMS (DiverseWorks, Houston, 1992), ItТs Not What You Think (DIA Center for the Arts, New York, 1994), Sacred Spaces Ц 2 (Madame Walker Theatre, Indianapolis, 1998), etc. She has participated in art exhibitions, presenting audio installations, video projects and peformances: Private Eye / Public Hand (Cleveland State University Gallery, Cleveland, 1995), EarArt Sound Media Exhibit (1078 Gallery, Chico, 1997) and others. As a vocalist and composer she performs with the trio УTrousers,Ф with the duet УDREADmonad,Ф and also with the video group У77 Hz.Ф Kermani conducted numerous solo and participated in group performances in various cities in the USA, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic; the artistic reviews have been published in the The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Reader, Option, P-Form Magazine and many others. She is the organiser of the УSonic Works New Music FestivalФ (Houston, 1992), author and initiator of the series of topical CD-releases Уdice ProjectФ (1993), of the collective chronicle of North American women-composers. Since 1996 Kermani has been executive director of the program Electronic Arts Performance Series (iEAR Studio, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). She lives and works in Delmar (New York, USA).