Lance Horne holds a B.A. and a Masters from Juilliard. Currently
on the theory faculty at New York University, Mr. Horn has
also taught at Counterpoint at Schola Cantorum, Paris since
2001. His works have been performed at Joe's Pub, Lincoln
Center's American Songbook, Broadway's New Amsterdam Theater,
Sesame Street at the Lincoln Center Tree Lighting, and the
final service at Ground Zero. His residencies and awards include:
New Lyric Festival, NMTC O'Neill Center, National Foundation
for Advancement in the Arts/ARTS, and ASCAP Grants to Young
Composers. He resides in New York City.
Melissa Madden Gray's work ranges from contemporary opera,
experimental 'new music' and solo multimedia performance to
main-stage theater and film, as well as choreography for music/dance
theater. She is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy
of Performing Arrts (W.A.A.P.A., Music Theater, 1997) and
the University of Melborne (Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor
of Arts with First Class Honors in Fine Arts and German).
She has received a number of awards, including a DAAD fellowship
to study theater in Berlin, and has just completed a further
creative grant in Berlin. Ms. Gray's alter-ego, "Meow-Meow,"
has been performing her 'suicide cabaret acts' in NYC with
pianist Anthony Coleman for several years. She lives in Australia
and works in Berlin and NYC.
Ms. Madden Gray and Mr. Horne propose a work which examines
communication and the construction/deterioration of the individual
in the digital age. Ms Madden Gray, serving as a 'receptionist/central
processing unit,' performs live in front of a series of nine
screens: three which display prerecorded visuals; 3 which
display simultaneous live web broadcasts; and three which
feature live performers behind glass. Live music composed
by Mr. Horne will underscore "Sessions," which will
include Ms. Madden Gray's speech, singing and movement as
key elements in the sequence of deterioration. The soundscape
will also juxtapose live and virtual sequences, such that
by the end of the hour-long work, there should be no way to
discern between the two. The webcasts will involve their collaborators
in Berlin, Australia, and California, maybe Shangai, and their
work will, in turn, be broadcast on the Web, adding geographical
dimension to the performance.