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Amanda Schoofs amandaschoofs@gmail.com

Composer /Experimental Vocalist amandaschoofs.com

Resume for MATA Festival 2015 – Call For Scores Composer, vocalist, improviser, and visual artist Amanda Schoofs creates visceral works that emphasize timbre and intimacy while exposing the raw, vulnerable, and violent nature of the human spirit. Trained in contemporary music composition and theory, her work extends through the experimental music tradition and exists in the space between diverse artistic practices. She superimposes, cuts-up, and collages elements of music composition, vocalization, painting, printmaking, poetry, performance art, and authentic movement, creating provocative works that are uniquely interdisciplinary. Her traditional and improvisatory compositions have been commissioned and performed throughout the United States and Canada by prominent new music ensembles and festivals including: Present Music, New Keys, Dal Niente, Unruly Music Festival, Zeitgeist, Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra, and Wild Space Dance Company, among others. Her work has been performed at prominent institutions such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Mills College, Artist Proof Gallery, Center for New Music, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Bang on A Can), and University of Wisconsin. Her visual performance scores have been exhibited in solo and group shows at galleries throughout the United States. Amanda has been performing since 2006, and is known for her uninhibited vocalization and powerful presence on stage. Specializing in extended vocal technique and improvisation she fuses her contemporary vocal palette with vintage styles of chant, opera, chanson, blues, and punk. Always pushing the limits, she explores timbre, texture, and breath, interwoven with ethereal melodies, intimate phonemes, and percussive, nonsensical text. In addition to realizing indeterminate works by contemporary composers, Amanda also performs many classic graphic and text scores. Recent performances include Loose Pages with Allison Knowles at the Milwaukee Art Museum; John Cage’s Songbooks (Aria A and B) and Aria w/Fontana Mix at Unruly Music Festival; and Christopher Burns’ Fieldwork, Misdemeanors, and Alligator Char. Amanda is a Lecturer in Music Composition and Theory at University of WisconsinMilwaukee, where she directs Contemporary Music Ensemble and teaches Experimental Improvisation. She is a Composition Mentor with Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Creation Project, in conjunction with Present Music. She was recently a Visiting Artist at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Fine Arts Printmaking Department (NY); a Guest Lecturer and Performance Artist at Artist Proof Gallery (Calgary, Canada); and a Guest Artist with Wild Space Dance Company (WI). Amanda earned her MA in Music Composition from Mills College, where she received the Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award for Outstanding Musical Composition, and studied with Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Joëlle Leandre, and Fred Frith.


Amanda Schoofs Resume for MATA 2015