Alumna Mary Prescott Announces Litmus Residency in New York
Pianist, composer and multidisciplinary artist Mary Prescott (BM, 2002, piano, student of Paul Shaw) announces the Litmus Residency at Areté Venue & Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, in which she will curate and perform new works and collaborations involving music, movement, word and installation, every 3rd Monday of each month from March to June 2018.
The premiere event, scheduled for March 19, features Prescott’s very own ALICE: The Chamber Opera! – a semi-staged work-in-process for nine singers and four instrumentalists that has been developing steadily over the past two years from Prescott’s improvised solo piano presentations as ALICE across the entire northeastern United States and beyond. The work explores the entanglement and manipulation of identity in a patriarchal society.
Other works by Mary Prescott to be performed in the residency include Atlasomnia – a depiction of dream, struggle and sleep in film, sound and movement, on April 16; and Mother Me – music, word, movement, and installation, investigating the complex relationships, sociology and psychology surrounding the idea of motherhood, on May 21. He Disappeared into Complete Silence, a song cycle inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ work of the same name and co-composed with saxophonist Darius Jones, will be performed by the duo in the final show on June 18.
For her visionary work, Mary Prescott was named a 2016 Emerging Leader by the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, and Steinway Hall in New York City where she resides; and has appeared at international festivals, including the Electroacoustic Music Festival in New York, the Josip Kasman Festival in Croatia, and the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland. She is also co-founder of the Lyra Music Festival & Workshop at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Mary Prescott is a proud Minnesota native of American and Thai descent.