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Nikki Joshi Presents: The Yellow Wallpaper (World Premiere)
March 18 /9:00 pm April 16 /12:00 am
$10 advance // $15 doordoors at 9pm, show at 9:30pm
// Performer Bio
Nikki Joshi is a percussionist based in Toronto, ON as a Rebanks Family Fellow at the Glenn Gould School. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Nikki has had the pleasure of working with composers including Steve Reich, Philippe Leroux, Jennifer Higdon, and Vinko Globokar. She specializes in the art form of avant-garde theatre music, bringing elements such as dramatic staging, acting, and choreography into her innovative percussion performances. She was recently a featured performer in Against the Grain Theatre’s Bound V. 2, and debuted at Banff’s 2018 Ensemble Evolution Festival as a soloist on Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles…, conducted by Steve Schick. She holds a Master’s Degree from McGill University, and a Bachelor’s Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
// About the Yellow Wallpaper
The Yellow Wallpaper is a brand new commission for theatrical percussion by composer and faculty at the Eastman School of Music Matt Curlee. The piece is based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 feminist short story masterpiece of the same name. With Gilman’s dramatic gothic text at the forefront, this work explores the concept of societal attitudes towards women’s mental health. We are excited to present the official world premiere of this work at Burdock Brewery.
// About the Composer
Equal parts performer, composer, and educator, Matt Curlee has served on the faculty of the department of music theory at the Eastman School of Music since 2007. As both an advocate for, and avid practitioner of improvisational music, Curlee has a particular interest in ear-brain interactions and the intuitive processes that unify composition, improvisation, and performance. This area of research has fed directly into his work at Eastman, where he has designed an advanced skills curriculum for the undergraduate honors program. As a composer, Curlee’s recent work has focused on the interplay between modern theoretical and experimental physics and the arts (www.h-universe.org).