Kirsten Volness

Kirsten VolnessKirsten Volness is a composer and pianist whose acoustic and electronic music is inspired by nature, myth, science, spirituality, and environmental and sociopolitical issues. She plays piano for NYC-based Hotel Elefant and Providence-based Verdant Vibes, a new music ensemble and concert series she co-founded in 2015. Kirsten collaborates with Meridian Project on multimedia performances exploring astrophysics, writes and performs operas with homeless advocacy group Tenderloin Opera Company, serves on the board of directors for the Boston New Music Initiative, and is an affiliate artist of Sleeping Weazel. She holds composition degrees from the Universities of Michigan (DMA, MM) and Minnesota (BA summa cum laude), and enjoys teaching both privately and at the University of Rhode Island.

WEBSITE: kirstenvolness.com

LISTEN: Alone Together for violin and live electronics
Lilit Hartunian, violin

When Lilit asked me to write her a looping piece for her Songs of Solitude recital at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, I had a flashback to moments in my early childhood when I would overdub myself singing onto tape and make goofy sequences playing along with the beats on my little Casio keyboard. This piece is inspired by those early covert experiments and embracing the sheer joy of play. As exit music (for a recital): the title was inspired by Roberta Sparrow’s last words to Donnie Darko.

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