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2011 electrogals festival

Electrogals + Ten Tiny Dances at Bluehour for Five Tiny Dances

May 1st, 9:00 pm at Bluehour (250 NW 13th Avenue at Everett Street Portland, Oregon: 503.226.3394).
Admission $18 reserved seating, $15 at the door (festival seating).

Look for this ground-breaking hybrid of Mike Barber's popular and ever-expanding Ten Tiny Dances series and Electrogals, an organization for female electronic music composers and performers. This will be a show pairing five electronic music composers with five local choreographers and performance artists for Ten - no, FIVE - Tiny Dances on a 16 square foot stage.

Composers + Choreographers:
Heather Perkins + Tracy Broyles
Christi Denton + Danielle Ross
Cheetah Finess + Tere Mathern
Renee Favand-See + Michelle Fujii
Sylvia Hackathorn + Liz Hayden

Cheetah Finess is a solo act created by native Portland artist Mireaya Medina purely as a vehicle for artistic expression. She combines heavy beats with textural samples of voice and keys Šthose layers create an ethereal electro-soul sound. Cheetah Finesse is a featured producer on Davis Cleveland's "Ben Davis" album. She also is a contributing writer for the "Rock N' Roll Camp For Girls" book, as well as instructing young girls on using samplers, keys, and beat machines. Cheetah Finesse is currently recording her first studio album due late spring 2011. Mireaya Medina continues to make dance music that thrives on experimenting with live electronic instrumentation!

Renee Favand-See, composer and mezzo-soprano, was born in York, Pennsylvania. She holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music, respectively. She has collaborated with numerous artists and ensembles including: Sequitur; Lucy Shelton and Eighth Blackbird; PRISM Saxophone Quartet; American Opera Projects; Wet Ink Ensemble; Del Sol String Quartet; Peabody Trio; cellist Ha-Yang Kim; and many singers, especially Hai-Ting Chinn, Jesse Blumberg and Alissa Rose. Renee has written chamber, orchestral and choral pieces, as well as music for video and dance, including collaborations with TRIP Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, Group Motion in Philadelphia and video artist Christine Sciulli. Her honors include a grant from the American Music Center for her oratorio Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes., a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Bearns Prize from Columbia University. Renee is currently working on a new cycle of songs based on scientific texts for mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and a work entitled Lighting the leaves for women's choir.

Sylvia Hackathorn is a long time Portland folk, rock and theater composer/performer. She has created and performed extensively; beginning with her journey to Ireland in the early 1970s to learn from Irish musician Micho Russell, through the days of the punk music scene around Portland. She brings the same passionate sensibility to rock, electronic and world music alike. She has performed with Banshee, The Twist, The Girl Artists, Cours de Miracles, Unknown Soldiers and Bellissimonde among many others.

Heather Perkins is composer, sound designer and Mad Scientist at WaterDog Studio in Portland, where she creates music and sound for dance, animation, computer games, film, theater, installation, and live performance. Heather is currently engaged in "365.52.12," a year-long process of daily music making - check it out at Heather will be performing a live electronic music score for the classic (?) 1965 Japanese film "Starman - The Evil Brain From Outer Space" in partnership with FilmMuzik at the Hollywood Theater Sept. 9th & 10th - as well as co-producing and performing in Electrogals 2011.

Christi Denton graduated from Mills College in 2000 with a degree in Music Composition and obtained a graduate certificate from the Centre for Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis in 2004. She's worked on several installations in San Francisco including building giant wind chimes in the Castro district, and amplifying exhibits in the Exploratorium. Her arrangement of Lou Harrison's King David's Lament for Jonathan was played at Other Minds 9 (2003) by the SF Opera Singers and SF Gay Men's Chorus. Her piece merge was played at the Spark Festival of Electronic Arts and Music in Minneapolis in 2008, and is featured on Her music is also included as part of the exhibit "Six Seconds Around Me" in the CAM_Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Italy.

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