Formed in late 2017, Hae Voces is performer-composer duo Kristina Dutton and Majel Connery. Latin for "these voices,” Hae Voces draws on the expressive capacity and range of voice and violin to bridge the worlds of pop, electronic and chamber music.
Hae Voces is currently working on “Rapoport Remembered,” a posthumous collaboration with visual artist Sonya Rapoport, for the Kala Institute and the Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust in Berkeley. They are based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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During the fall of 2015 I was invited to travel to Peru with researchers from UC Berkeley, and the Centre National de la Research Scientifique in Paris, to participate as an assistant in an evolutionary biology research project. Not the standard gig for violinists, but I'm no stranger to the biosciences. I attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where I studied biology/ecology prior to entering a music conservatory program. In Peru, the field biologists and myself would leave the lab during the day to gather plant and insect samples, but before the break of dawn or late hours of the night, head out for field recording excursions. These experiences highlighted overlaps in complimentary and divergent thinking dispositions in the arts and sciences, as well as avenues for discourse and the cross-pollination of creative work.
Through trans-disciplinary collaboration my aim is to create new pieces and multi-media works that bring focus to the intelligence and importance of developing the intuitive self; how this relates to scientific inquiry or expertise in any given domain.
Currently I am exploring these insights in collaboration with percussionist/entomologist Lisa Schonberg, and biologist Dr. Arnaud Martin at George Washington University.
More to come soon!
Creek College is a project bridging art and environmental conservation. We offer a range of art classes and experiences in exchange for activities that aid in the restoration of watersheds suffering from environmental degradation.
Established by artists Adam Carlin, Kristina Dutton, and Kim Sutherland, the project began by asking these questions: As artists, how can we make the broadest impact in aiding restoration efforts? Can a poem benefit a creek? How can art practices bring attention to the needs of a particular environment? How could we do this sustainably?
Creek College works like this; we choose a body of water at a given location and invite artists to submit proposals to teach classes there (literally there, on the creek). The classes are dependent on the interests of each artist and can range from sculpture, written word, or graphic design, to sound, dance, and more experiential offerings. *There is no monetary exchange for participating. Instead, each class is paired with a restoration barter activity.
In 2017 Creek Colleges will host a series of three symposiums at the Columbia Slough in Portland, Oregon, followed by projects in Greensboro, NC and Oakland, CA. More details coming soon.
Creek Colleges are made possible by S.E. Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Precipice Fund, and The Calligram Foundation. In partnership with Portland State University, The Johnson Creek Watershed Council, The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and the Portland Native American Youth and Family Center.
The Fen is a musical collaboration between three friends with a shared ambition to create and document compositional reflections of a chosen place. As musicians, we are interested in exploring the idea of landscapes as evolving cultural histories with a focus on light, topography and sense of place.
In 2015, The Fen recorded their first sketches on a farm in Iowa outside Cedar Rapids. In 2016, The Fen travelled to Kyoto, Japan, recording the sketches for a series of new songs.
The Call and Response series, 2014-2016, was an experiment in arts and lectures, combining performance and presentation: a specialist in any field gives a presentation in their area of expertise, followed by a musical response by some of the Bay Area’s most innovative creative musicians. The events wrapped up with refreshments and an informal Q&A.
Co-founded and co-curated by Kristina Dutton and Evan Karp, C&R was made possible in part by the support of Quiet Lightning All presenters and performers of Call and Response are featured in the bi-annual publication, Vitriol Magazine.
The San Francisco Salon Series was a multi-media chamber music series founded by Teddy Rankin-Parker, Alex Christie, and Kristina Dutton. The series was dedicated to the cross-pollination of the Bay Area art and music communities by commissioning and presenting world premiers of multi-media chamber music to artistically diverse audiences in salon concerts throughout the Bay Area.
The SFSS was made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.