A New Year: looking forward, looking back, 2015-16  
Jan 4
"The supreme good is like water, which nourishes everything without trying to..."— Tao Te Ching (trans Stephen Mitchell)

I have so much to be grateful for as I look forward to 2016. Looking back over the past year, I’m blessed with a fantastic and ultra-supportive husband and delightful home life: the foundation of all my adventures, risks, and challenges. Travel is nearly always at the top of my Do List, and my love and I spent a fab New Year’s weekend in Moab, Utah exploring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks: a magickal landscape of mythological beings, alive in the rocks, whispering wisdom— I sang into the cathedral-esque arches and massive canyons that echoed back my voice in delicate and long delays. Over the past year we also travelled to Berlin and Frankfurt, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Italy, British Columbia, and as always, New England.

My biggest creative news of 2015 was the release of The Captured Goddess music video and digital EP with music by Dominick DiOrio and featuring dancer and choreographer, Toni Valle. I performed with Thomas Helton and Hsin-Jung Tsai's Houston Composers Salon; at University of Houston’s XWAVE Festival curated by Aaron Beilish; and at Austin’s New Media Art & Sound Summit. I began getting my voice composition feet wet recording solo experimental voice works at Houston Public Media with recording engineer Todd Hulslander; and with pianist Hsin-Jung Tsai and bassist Thomas Helton, launched the devised opera work, This is Our Universe: a live and audio-video work which first premiered in Austin in 2015, and will be released as a media project in 2016; and my experimental recorded voice-scape, a setting the poetry of Petra Kuppers, was published in PANK Magazine.

Thanks to curator Troy Campa of CAMIBA Art, my paintings were part of a group show in Austin, and I have a solo exhibit at The Jung Center in 2016. I moved into my cozy new studio at Spring Street Studios and look forward to making more arty and musical mayhem in that space in the coming year.

As 2016 dawns, this month I’ll be singing in collaboration with choreographer Meg Brooker at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin on Dancestry's historic and contemporary dance program, Vivid. Contrabassist and composer Brent Fariss and I will devise the music, and the voice work will be based on 19th century French poetry. In April, I'll be guest artist at University of Houston's Honors College for the annual Dionysia, where I will create a new experimental voice work based on The Odyssey's Sirens.

And (for now!) lastly, percussionist Luke Hubley and I will introduce the voice and percussion duo, Mallet & Breath with a series of audio-video projects!

Happy New Year & All Yay! —

M