Halves of a Story is a fixed-media composition by Lee Gilboa for a speaking choir and a soloist. The piece revolves around questions related to the constitution, agencies and possibilities of voice in the 21st century, with a particular focus on the political aspects of vocality. The piece aims to allow for a conversation about the relationships between voices, activism, and protests to emerge and invites the listener to join in as an active interlocutor.
Free and open to the public. The performance will take place on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/gygq3Etiewg
A postshow talkback session with the artists follows immediately on Zoom. To sign up for the postshow session, please register here: https://forms.gle/tqtKzQCjuacJCraM6.
About the Artists
Lee Gilboa is an Israeli composer, researcher and audio engineer. In her work Lee uses speech, audio spatialization and vocal processing, and engages with different themes around the sonic identity such as naming, representation, oppression and self-expression. While at Berklee College of Music where, she was mentored by Neil Leonard, Gilboa got to perform with a wide variety of artists as Robert Rich, Amnon Wolman and Terence Blanchard. Between 2017-19 Lee attended Columbia University’s MFA Sound Art program and worked closely with professors Seth Cluett and Nikolas Kakkoufa. During this time she began her work as a curator at Daniel Neumann’s organization CT::SWaM, and developed her debut album The Possibility of Sonic Portraiture, which was released by Contour Editions. Her works have been presented at Roulette Intermedium, The Immersion Room in NYU, The Cube at Virginia Tech, and Spectrum’s multi-channel festival among others, and in conferences such as The Audio Tesimonies Symposium, Residual Noise, and the Harvard Graduate Music Forum. She participated in several master classes and artist residencies internationally, including The Atlantic Center for the Arts and IRCAM Manifeste Academy. Currently, Lee is a Ph.D. student at Brown University’s Music and Multimedia Composition program. Her recent and upcoming endeavors include a collection of works titled The Other’s Conception, which was released by the label Surface World in February 2021, and a presentation of a paper in The Sound of Sound Studies conference in Lüneburg, Germany.
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is a rap artist and producer from Ithaca, NY with a PhD in science and technology studies from Cornell University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Brown in the music department. Since 2010 Sammus has written, produced, and recorded three full-length albums (one of which has charted on Billboard), three EPs, a collaborative video-game themed concept album with the MC Mega Ran, a critically acclaimed beat tape, and countless one-off collaborations with artists from a variety of genres as well as video game developers, podcasters, and filmmakers. Her story as an artist at the intersections of academia and Afrofuturism has led to performances and speaking engagements at a range of conferences, conventions, festivals and campus events. Her live shows, characterized by her explosive energy and the inclusion of elements of cosplay, bring together a diverse array of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-identified nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus “has a gift for getting a message across.”