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Susan Frykberg

Composer, Performer

Born: 1954 Website  

Biography

Susan Frykberg is a composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music who often combines feminist ideas and selected theatrical processes in her work. She has created a number of 'environments' in which stories (often mythological), of women's lives are the context for her music. Since the birth of her son Esha, much of her music has attempted to bring some sense of the momentous and awe-inspiring nature of birth-giving (and hence motherhood), into her work.

Most recently, Susan has immersed herself in contemplation on the nature of Western Civilization, through deep study of Theology, Ancient Greek, Latin and Gregorian Chant. Susan has studied with, and been influenced by composers John Rimmer, Barry Vercoe, Barry Connyngham, Iannis Xenakis, Barry Truax and priest and theologian Kevin McKone. As a recent convert to Catholicism, she is currently exploring the lively, turbulent and sometimes fraught relationship between the Catholic Church, the arts and society.

Her music has been recorded for the label Earsay. Early works were recorded for Underwich Editions - Toronto.

Susan is a member of The Canadian Music Centre, The World Forum of Acoustic Ecology and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. She has a Masters degree from SFU (Simon Fraser University, Canada), and has received commissions and grants through the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council from some of Canada's leading performers. She taught for seven years in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, has been a regular guest lecturer at The Ontario College of Art, Toronto, and Emily Carr College, Vancouver, and taught Electroacoustic Music at Auckland University in 1989.

“a tour de force in both composition and subject… sumptuous and dynamic sound textures throughout.” —Anna Rubin, Computer Music Journal


Composed (42)

A Distant Singing

for synthesiser and tape, 12m


American Edgings

for electronic tape, 10m


Birth/Rebirth/Bearing Me

for mixed tapes, 8m


Breathing the Word with Wind and Water

for five voices, trombone and taonga puoro


Desires

for tape, singer and two actors, 16m


Dr Hodgkinson and Women Voters

for female voice and percussion


Fugitive

for electronic tape, 7m


Heralding Change

for french horn and tape, 15m


Honouring the Hosts Honouring the Guests

for six world instruments and sound technician


Hums

for live mixed and diffused tapes, 18m


I Didn't Think Much About It

for piano and tape


Insect Life

for tape, voice and signal processing


Machinewoman

for tape, saxophone, dancer and actor-singer, 45m


Margaret

for tape, 3m


Mother Too

for voice, tape, live signal processing and small meditation bells


Music to Watch Cows By

for piano, 7m


My Mother

for male voice, tapes and signal processing, live mixed and diffused, 16m


Ninety's a Number That Doesn't Mean Much

for soprano, oboe and piano


Om 152 - Getting There

for cello and tape, 12m


Piano Study #1

for piano and tape, 6m


Processional for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary

for singers, ensemble, percussionists, stiltwalkers and children


Radio Life

for tape, voice and signal processing


Saarb

for electronic tape, 7m


Saxarba

for counter-tenor, actress, tapes, synthesisers and electronics, 45m


Spinster

for tape and voice, 35m


Sue and Kathy Telecompose Across the Country

for tape, voice and live communications systems


Suite from Saxarba

for tape, 16m


The Day is Come

for tenor and piano


The Garden

for tape, mixed media and actors, 35m


Torn

for synthesiser and electronic tape, 12m


Ubi Caritas for the 21st Century

for SATB choir and organ with soprano and baritone soloists, crotales and woodblock, 3m 30s


Virgin Mother

for unaccompanied low voices


Virgin Mother

for unaccompanied high voices


Waxing your Cloth

for live electronics and tape, 15m


Ways of Perceiving

for voice and chamber ensemble, 10m


Whanganui Soundscapes

for string quartet


Woman and House

for singer, actors, electronics and tapes, 55m



Recordings (1)


Performances (2)

Music From Her

Our Music From Her festival, held in mid-October, will celebrate, support and encourage diverse v...


Suffrage Songs Recomposed

Featuring nine female composers, this concert will see a collection of New Zealand women’s suffra...