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Annual Performance-Suzanne Thorpe's Resonance & Resemblance

30 September 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Organized by: MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center
Venue: MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center, Located in Garrison, New York, approximately one hour north of New York City, Manitoga is the House, Studio and 75-acre woodland garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976). Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site
584 Route 9D

Saturday, September 30, 3pmRain Date: Sunday, October 1

$45 General Public; $35 Manitoga Members; $20 Children 18 and under; $125 Benefit Ticket - Includes Private Reception with Suzanne Thorpe; $500 Benefit Performance Committee - Two Benefit Tickets for Concert and Reception, plus listing as member of the committee


Holders of Benefit Tickets will be invited to join Suzanne Thorpe and the musicians afterwards for a special cocktail reception. The main House will be open for viewing of artist Peter Bynum's site-specific installation Ecstatic Light.


Space is limited, reserve your seats today.






Extraordinary outdoor performances continue this year with musician/composer Suzanne Thorpe's Resonance & Resemblance - featuring recorders, electronics, the surrounding rocks, water, trees, insects, birds and you. The performance begins with a soundwalk through Manitoga's landscape, followed by a listening meditation around the Quarry Pool where musicians, upon the water, weave their sounds into the soundscape and activate its resonant features. Not to be missed.


Soundwalk Leaders: Lisa B. Kelley, Stephanie Loveless, Michelle Nagai Performers: Katie Down, Madison Greenstone, Anne Gutherie, Adam Tinkle


Resonance & Resemblance is made possible in part by grants from New Music USA. and the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Thorpe says, in a time when difference is often used to instigate division from each other and our environment, it is important to recognize that our boundaries are more porous than we think. Through sound and active listening, Resonance & Resemblance creates space to explore our interconnectedness and entanglement with each other, and our surroundings.

Sound has always been integral to Manitoga. Russel Wright designed the Waterfall to produce different sounds on either side, and from above and below. Speakers placed in the landscape once played a variety of recordings from opera to bird songs. Wright conceived "Days of Dance" and "Music in Nature" programs to celebrate creativity within Manitoga's landscape. Last fall, Suzanne Thorpe spent four days on-site to inform her current work - hiking the trails, listening to the forest, and conducting electronic and acoustic sound experiments.


ARRIVAL TIME: Beginning 2:30 PM. Please wear suitable walking shoes for uneven terrain and outdoor seating.



584 Route 9D where you will be directed to the performance.


About Suzanne Thorpe:

Suzanne Thorpe composes site-oriented sound works that use a variety of media and technology, and performs on the electroacoustic flute, expanded with digital and analog tools. She is also a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American Composer and Deep Listening Founder Pauline Oliveros. Thorpe draws upon traditions of acoustic ecology, soundscape, land art, and improvisation, as well as research in phenomenology, ecological cognition and environmental ethics for her work. With sound, she works in conjunction with environments and their behaviors to yield compositions and performances that evolve with their surroundings.


Thorpe's work has been shown and performed internationally at venues such as The New Museum, Exit Art, and Issue Project Room in New York, and festivals such as All Tomorrowís Parties in Europe. As an improviser, she has performed with a wide array of artists, from Pauline Oliveros to J Mascis. Her discography features over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings, and Tape Drift. She was a founding member of critically acclaimed Mercury Rev, with whom she performed, recorded and toured from 1989 - 2001, earning a gold record for 1998's Deserter's Songs.

Thorpe has received residencies and fellowships from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Music USA and the MAP Foundation. Having earned her MFA at Mills College, she is currently a PhD candidate in Music/Integrative Studies at University of California San Diego, and Co-Director of TECHNE, an organization that introduces young female-identified women to technology-focused art making, improvisation, and contemplative practices.