LAURA CETILIA IMMERSIVE CELLO CONCERT
Renowned cellist and composer Laura Cetilia will come to Albany to perform original works inspired by Albany Museum of Art spaces. She will be in concert at the Belk Building, the AMA’s future downtown home at 140 W. Broad Ave.
This event is free and open to the public, but those who wish to attend are asked to register so that adequate seating may be provided. You can register HERE.
“I am so looking forward to sharing with the Albany community a unique and immersive listening experience that I have composed specifically for the acoustic properties of the Belk building,” Cetilia said. “Along with live cello and voice, the music will consist of a diffusion of sound through an array of small wireless speakers placed throughout the cavernous space of the former department store. Despite the raw and unfinished surroundings, my hope is that listeners will be transported to a sound world that conveys an ethereal yet intimate atmosphere.”
Cetilia’s work encourages listeners to make connections, to be present in the moment, and to make patient explorations within themselves and the music. As a daughter of mixed heritage, Mexican-American cellist Cetilia is at home with in-betweenness, straddling the worlds of performer/composer, acoustic/electronic, and traditional/experimental sound practices. Her music has been described as “unorthodox loveliness” (Boston Globe) and hailed as “alternately penetrating and atmospheric” (Sequenza 21). She has created site-specific sound installations for the Bennington Museum and Ben Ari Museum for Contemporary Art.
The Grove Dictionary of American Music describes her electroacoustic duo Mem1 as a “complex cybernetic entity” that “understands its music as a feedback loop between the past and present.” In the performer/composer collective Ordinary Affects, she has collaborated with, commissioned, and premiered works by composers such as Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Michael Pisaro, Jürg Frey, Eva-Maria Houben, and Magnus Granberg.