ANDREA YOUNG is a composer-performer specializing in voice and live electronics. While her work relies on digital innovation, her musical output relies on the integration of her digital voice interface with analogue and re-purposed electronic media. Recently she has been performing internationally in her duo YOUNG/DAY at Espace Senghor, Belgium, with Shackle for SASSAS, Los Angeles, at The Emily Harvey Foundation in New York, as a soloist at Gallerie Sans Nom for the LeHum new music series in Moncton, New Brunswick, premiering composer Daniel Brandes' through the window and the wood at Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC, and performing at La Sala Rosa during Innovations en Concert in Montreal. Upcoming performances will take place in Lübeck, Germany, for KISS 2014, Birmingham, UK, during the Network Music Festival, Amsterdam with Shackle, and in Athens for ICMC 2014. Her research of vocal feature extraction and implementation of the voice as a live electronics interface will be published in The Leonardo Music Journal in December 2014. Recordings and performances of Andrea's recent work Exo/Endo are in process with Vancouver New Music for 2015. During the Fall of 2014, Andrea will be residing in Berlin to complete a series of compositions, Continuums, and studying digital synthesis and analysis techniques with Pete Johnston in London, UK.
Commissions and performances have involved Quatuor Bozzini, Ensemble Sisyphe, Innovations en Concert, Série Musique Expérimentale, The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chop Theatre and The Tomorrow Collective. Andrea has premiered new works in Los Angeles, Vancouver, at the Casino Baumgarten in Vienna, Austria, Het Muziekgebouw aan ‘T IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands, ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, and REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre), Los Angles. In 2008, Andrea began the VOICE/wire series: a collection of new works for voice and electronics which feature her own compositions alongside the works of composers such as Agostino di Scipio (IT), Hector Bravo Benard (NL/MX), and André Cormier (CA). This collection also included historical works for voice and tape such as Luigi Nono's La Fabricca Illuminata and was performed in Victoria, Vancouver and Montreal, Canada. Her work has been enabled by several awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and The Herb Alpert School of Music between 2008 and 2014.
Initial studies in Vocal Performance and Composition at The University of Victoria, 2001, focused on twentieth century vocal repertoire and compositional practices. A Masters Degree of Music in Sonology from The Royal Conservatory, Netherlands, in 2007, culminated in a thesis on rhythm in electronic music. She completed a DMA from The California Institute of the Arts in May 2014 where the focus of her research and composition centred on vocal feature extraction and voice-controlled live electronics.
ICMC, Athens, Greece, Sept.14-20 2014
Espace Vide: Musique Expérimentale
August 29 2014, Le Milieu, Montreal
Performance of 3am for bass trombone and saxophone
This work was written for Alfredo Mendoza and Felix del Tredici. I aimed to I embed the voice and breath, the physicality of sound and the physicality of performance into a work that spectrally expressed the early hours of the morning when time slows in my perception. As I imagined being enveloped by these sounds, I wanted to hear the voice, beating tones, overtones, saliva, bass trombone and saxophone meld into an indistinguishable and unified sound form.
EXO/ENDO: voice-infused noise machines
May 11 2014, The Lund, CalArts
Andrea Young – with Michael Day, Braden Diotte, Derek, Stein, Sara Sinclair, Sharon Kim, Kirsten Hovland and Emery Martin