composer / sound artist

Evelyn Ficarra is a composer and sound artist. Her work finds expression across a range of forms including music theatre, multi media, installation, dance, film and the concert hall. Throughout her career she has enjoyed collaborative work with choreographers, directors, filmmakers, and visual artists. Even in their ‘purest’ forms – say, a solo piano piece – her musical ideas are often co-mingled with, or germinated from, other materials (words, images, sounds) which inform the development and shape of the music and leave their traces in it. In that sense, her work is interdisciplinary at its core. In another sense, she is thoroughly single minded – she stubbornly hears all sounds as music, understands all time based structures (films, dance, theatre) as music, looks at all objects as potential sound sources (music.)

Current preoccupations include explorations of sound objects in various contexts: vocal music theatre, installation and live improvisation.

A dual citizen (UK/USA), Evelyn Ficarra studied composition at the University of Sussex and at the University of California, Berkeley. She has several years’ experience as a freelance composer, teacher and sound editor. Her work has received support from the Arts Council of England, the London Arts Board, the Sonic Arts Network, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, the Hinrichsen Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Meet the Composer and Poems on the Underground. Her music has been heard in concert halls, theaters, music festivals, film festivals, on television and in radio broadcasts in the UK, Europe, the Americas, Australia and the Far East. Her solo CD Frantic Mid-Atlantic is available on the Sargasso Label www.sargasso.com. Recent projects include vagues-fenêtres for string trio and electronics, Wild Debris for orchestra, and Endangered, an installation collaboration (sound, sculpture, text) for the Intersection for the Arts Gallery in San Francisco. Current projects include les soeurs sonores; a laptop improvisation duo with composer Heather Frasch,  and Dissonant Futures; a sound/video/performance collaboration with video design artist Ian Winters, and composer/pianist Myra Melford.

Evelyn is a Lecturer in the Music Department at the University of Sussex, where she is also Assistant Director of the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre.

More about Evelyn’s work can be found here:

http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/people/evelyn_ficarra