We've been wrestling with new music since the late 1980s, building a space for diverse and uncomfortable sounds, asking—
Can we really sound bad and be good?
Is this even Music?
The short answer is YES.
Which led to—
3. How do we count this? 5/8 7/8 11/4
4. How do we sing that? And move?
5. How do we keep Together? Do we try?
Longer answers to all of the above come from 30+ years of conducting youth and young-at-heart choirs, being on both sides of the jury table at international competitions and festivals, and putting together a regional symposium.
We found them by rehearsing in a way that allowed for improvisation and subjective creativity—we made up Games Choirs Play, enabling us to sing anything, any time, anywhere. (Ask me about this and other workshop-lectures on curating and performing new music.)
In this life, I'm enabled by many people—family, friends, peers, students, teachers—and am indebted to Bert, with whom I share a love of small cobblestoned towns, and two cats, Max Headroom (1996-2008) and Henry.
Read : A life measured in song
Watch : The Art of Jennifer Tham (life after the Cultural Medallion 2012)
The background photos on this blog-site were taken by Hillary Lee, friend and ESinger.