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. Her musical ideas are often co-mingled with, or germinated from, extra-musical materials (words, images, sounds) which inform the development and shape of the music and leave their traces in it. In that sense, all her work is interdisciplinary at its core. In another sense, she is thoroughly single minded, hearing all sounds as music, understanding all time based structures (e.g. in film, dance, theatre) as forms of music, looking at all objects as potential sound sources for music.
Current preoccupations include:
- sound objects in various contexts: music theatre, installation and live improvisation
- stillness in time based media
- audio time-lapse
- robot opera (embodiment, vocality, performance)
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 ; O, One a five minute opera for two Nao Robots and cello, made in collaboration with Dr. Ron Chrisley at the University of Sussex, premiered at the Robot Opera Mini Symposium at the University of Sussex in June 2017; and Summer Winter Spring, a site specific installation / performance collaboration with Ian Winters and others, exploring time-lapse film and audio on Market Street in downtown San Francisco, premiered at the Minnesota Street Project SF Arts Ed Gallery as an installation and performance in January 2018. 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, Evelyn was in residence at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic in late March / early April and September 2018, where she collaborated on a new site-specific piece Listening Creates an Opening with Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, premiered 12th-15th September. Evelyn also has an ongoing laptop improvisation duo soeurs sonores with Berlin-based composer Heather Frasch, with whom she performed most recently at Studio Acht in Berlin (May 2017).
Evelyn Ficarra is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Sussex.