Yvette Janine Jackson

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Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer and sound installation artist focused on bringing attention to historical events and social issues. Her works have recently been featured at Fylkingen; Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier Tonspur Passage; International Festival of Computer Art in Maribor; the Fridman Gallery in New York; Cube at Virginia Tech; Tonband Fixed Media Festival at Audiorama; Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park; the San Diego Art Institute; San Francisco International Arts Festival; Stockholm’s Kulturnatten; the Borealis Festival; and in residency at Elektronmusikstudion.

Recent commissions include Lot’s Wife, for ensemble and electronics, by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Remembering 1619 for violin and tape; Atlantic Crossing read by the Naples Philharmonic with support from the American Composers Orchestra; and Cannot Be (Unrung) for carillon and electronics co-commissioned by the University of Chicago and University of Michigan for Tiffany Ng.

Yvette is an assistant professor in Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry in the Department of Music and teaches for the Theater, Dance, Media program at Harvard University. Yvette's chapter "Narrative Soundscape Composition: Approaching Jacqueline George's Same Sun" is in the new book Between the Tracks: Musicians on selected electronic music edited by Miller Puckette and Kerry L. Hagan for MIT Press.

Yvette Janine Jackson draws upon her own works Invisible People (A Radio Opera) and Swan to exemplify how radio drama and electroacoustic music intersect into a practice of composing theatre. Jackson presents a brief survey of dramatic transmissions from Clément Ader’s 1881 Théâtrophone invention, which transmitted live performances into the homes of subscribers, to the 1939 broadcast of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, the “first” opera to be commissioned specifically for radio, to Jackson’s current practice of using radio opera as a means of engaging audiences in sometimes difficult conversations by focusing on historical events and contemporary social issues.

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Saturday, September 26 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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