Laetitia Sonami with SUE-C, Paul DeMarinis and James Fei

Mills Music Now
Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 8:00 PM PST
Live from the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Oakland, CA

Presented by Mills College at Northeastern University Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music 

Concert Program (PDF)
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Artist Laetitia Sonami stands behind their instrument, consisting of a large hoop fo metal with three wires transecting the gap, they are dressed in a pinstripe suit. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.

Artist Biographies:

Laetitia Sonami is a sound artist, performer and composer. Sonami's sound performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. A pioneer in wearable technology, she created the lady’s glove in 1991 and performed world-wide with this unique instrument for 25 years. She has since been applying machine learning to real time audio synthesis with her most recent instrument, the Spring Spyre.

Paul DeMarinis has been making noises with wires, batteries and household appliances since the age of four. His works combine interactive software, synthetic speech and noise with obsolete or impossible media. He has exhibited and performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. His audio works are available from Lovely Music, Black Truffle Records and on his Bandcamp site.

SUE-C (Sue Slagle) is an award-winning artist, engineer and educator whose work in “real time cinema” presents a new, imaginative perspective on live performance. Her performances blend cinema and technology into an organic, improvisational and immersive act, created from live cameras, light pads and video algorithms. She has always pushed the boundaries of human-computer interaction, employing emerging technologies and inventing many of her own, both through performance and tinkering with hundreds of students in her well-established teaching practice.

James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) is a composer, saxophonist and electronic musician. Works by Fei have been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei's own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on electronic and acoustic feedback. Fei received the Grants for Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2014 and he is president of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation. Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland since 2006, where he is Professor of Electronic Arts and Director of the Center for Contemporary Music. 

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