Sunday, April 19, 2020, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Free Admission

The duo of Amirtha Kidambi on vocals and Lea Bertucci on tapes and electronics finds new territory in extending the sonic possibilities of the human voice through electronic manipulation and improvised tactics. Taking a more integrated approach than simply filtering voice through electronic processing, Bertucci manipulates Kidambi’s voice through tactile methods with tape machine including manual speed control by physically touching the reels as Kidambi’s live voice is fed through the machine. Kidambi reacts in turn with a vocal arsenal of timbral techniques, creating a literal visceral feedback loop of noise, processed, and polyphonic voices. Influenced equally by jazz, Carnatic and western classical vocal techniques, the duo takes a thoroughly freely improvised approach. Their pieces command form through looped repetitions, stark dynamic and textural contrasts, slowly unfolding melodic motifs among harmonic beds and a formidable mind-meld in reactivity between Kidambi and Bertucci. For the astute listener, the explorations may conjure a real-time version of postwar musique concrete or the groundbreaking experiments of live electronics pioneer Pauline Oliveros’ tape improvisations. The duo will release their debut recording on Astral Spirits in the fall of 2019.




This event is organized by Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project (CUSP). Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project (CUSP) is dedicated to strengthening the artistic engagement of the Northeast Ohio community by championing the creation and performance of new music. We strive to give a voice to adventurous creators and performing artists of diverse backgrounds who need a platform for their work. By presenting innovative events in a variety of settings, offering engaging programming, organizing outreach activities, and providing ways for audiences to interact with musicians, CUSP aims to ignite curiosity about new music. Our organization facilitates collaboration among artists, both local and beyond, by bringing them together for new projects and performances. Establishing deeper connections among musicians, and between musicians and audiences, will enhance and embolden the arts community in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio.

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