Lisa Bielawa Interview

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Lisa Bielawa is a composer, vocalist, and co-founder of the MATA Festival whose works frequently draw from literary influences and have been performed at the New York Phil Biennial and at venues across the U.S. In addition to a broad output of vocal, chamber, and orchestral compositions, Bielawa is also the author of Airfield Broadcasts, a piece whose instrumentation is designated “for hundreds” and which is meant as a “large-scale spatial acoustic musical celebration” musically navigating the space of the Tempelhofer Park in Berlin.

Most recently, Bielawa has composed Vireo, a “made-for-TV-and-online” opera exploring the politics of gender identity and literary interpretation, and featuring collaborations with Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Magik*Magik Orchestra, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound, among others. All 12 episodes are now available to stream via KCET, and Vireo will be shown in its entirety at National Sawdust on July 7, 2017 at 7:00pm.