Contralto

By Sarah Hennies

Program Notes

Contralto is a one-hour work for video, strings, and percussion that exists inbetween the spaces of experimental music and documentary. The piece features a cast of transgender women speaking, singing, and performing vocal exercises accompanied by a dense and varied musical score that includes a variety of conventional and “non-musical” approaches to sound-making.

Hennies has recently presented Contralto in con- junction with a Q&A at venues such as the Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), Issue Project Room (NYC), and PICA Time Based Art Festival (Portland).