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 its ‘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: music theatre, installation and live improvisation.
A dual citizen (UK/USA), Evelyn Ficarra studied composition at the University of Sussex in the U.K. and 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 War Poems: the dead returning lightly dance for large ensemble and recorded sounds, commissioned by Poems on the Underground and premiered at the London Transport Museum in November 2016, and O, One a five minute opera for two Nao Robots and cello, made in collaboration with Professor Ron Chrisley at the University of Sussex. She has an ongoing laptop improvisation duo soeurs sonores with Berlin-based composer Heather Frasch, with whom she performed recently at Studio Acht in Berlin (May 2017). Current projects include Dissonant Futures for amplified prepared piano, live video and live electronic sound, a collaboration with pianist / composer Myra Melford and video artist Ian Winters, and Summer Winter Spring, a site specific installation / performance collaboration with Ian Winters, Heather Frasch and others, exploring time-lapse film and audio on Market Street in downtown San Francisco, supported by funds from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. She was recently in residence at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC) at Rennselaer Polytechnic, where she is collaborating on a new site-specific piece Listening Creates an Opening directed by Mary Armentrout.
Evelyn Ficarra is a lecturer in Music at the University of Sussex.