As a part of our 30th anniversary celebration Women In Music teamed up with Composers Now Festival and Martha Mooke to put on an event which celebrated ‘Innovative Women in New Music’ at NYC’s The Cutting Room on February 22, 2015.
The event consisted of a panel discussion between artist Annie Gosfield, composer Missy Mazzoli, electro-acoustic violinist Martha Mooke, composer and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron & pianist Kathleen Supovè. They explored complex territory by asking each other questions such as, “What does it means to be ‘innovative’?” and, “Who were your earliest influences?” to which there were several common threads, the most prominent being keynote speaker Laurie Anderson. The amazing and incomparable Laurie Anderson was honored at this WIM event and gave the audience an incredibly thought-provoking and inspiring keynote address, involving mentions as diverse as her experience as an artist in residency for NASA and her Concert for Dogs at the Sydney Opera House (for literally, thousands of actual dogs!).
Anderson is the definition and epitome of innovative. A self proclaimed multi-media artist she has experimented with everything from music, film, sculpture, performance art, new inventions...and from what she told as at the event, is now interested in pursuing stand up comedy. Martha Mooke, Composers Now’s Artistic Director Tania León and WIM President Neeta Ragoowansi presented Anderson with Certificate of Recognition and paid tribute to her.
The event ended with three short sets from performing artists Angelica Negron, who turned heads of cauliflower and broccoli into MIDI controllers, Martha Mooke, with a breathtaking and deeply explorative performance on electro-viola, and Kathleen Supovè who played pieces from both composers Missy Mazzoli and Annie Gosfield.
One of WIM’s best events to date, it was a spotlight; illuminating a group of extremely talented women in music, all of which truly embodied and celebrated what it means to be ‘Innovative’.
PIX/Channel 11 television reporter Joe Mauceri covered the event, what the report here:
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