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Lea Bertucci is an experimental musician, composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. In addition to her longstanding practice with woodwind instruments, her work incorporates spatialized speaker arrays, a timbral approach to composition, radical methods of free improvisation and creative misuses of audio technology. In recent years, her projects have expanded toward site-specific and site-responsive sonic investigations of architecture and acoustics, most notably in 2018’s Acoustic Shadows, a suite of site-specific compositions and sound installation that took place as part of the Breuckenmusik Festival, inside the hollow body of the Deutzer bridge in Koln Germany.

Her autodidactic and idiosyncratic approach to music is marked by dense masses of sustained dissonance, an interest in alternate tuning systems, and a fascination with the sonic material of common experience through field recording. With sounds that defy genre classification, she is unafraid to subvert musical expectation. Tape manipulation and other creative recording techniques push the limits of the recorded medium to illicit a visceral sonic and emotional experience from the listener.

 

Her discography spans over a decade, with eight releases of full-length solo albums and a number of collaborative projects. In 2018 and 2019, she released the critically acclaimed solo albums Metal Aether and Resonant Field on NNA Tapes and has since gone on to found her own imprint, Cibachrome Editions, with 2021’s A Visible Length of Light as the inaugural release.  

Lea is co-editor of The Tonebook, a survey of graphic scores by contemporary composers, published on Inpatient Press in 2018. As a sound designer, Lea has collaborated with dance and theater companies including Big Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theater, and Mallory Catlett.

Her collaborations extend to other chamber-noise projects, including a recently formed duo with vocalist Amirtha Kidambi. This collaboration finds new territory in extending the sonic possibilities of the human voice through electronic manipulation with tape and free improvisation. Their debut album Phase Eclipse was released on Astral Spirits Records in 2019 and followed up with End of Softness EP in 2020.


She has performed extensively across the US and Europe with presenters such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, Blank Forms, Gagosian Gallery NYC, Pioneer Works, The Kitchen, The Walker Museum, PS1, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, Sound of Stockholm Festival, and Unsound Festival Krakow. In 2018, she was awarded a Jfund for New Music grant from the American Composers’ Forum and a commission for a brass octet from the Levy Gorvy Gallery in New York. She has recently been commissioned by the INA GRM in Paris, Quartetto Maurice in Turin and by ARS Nova Workshop in Philadelphia for new compositions that are forthcoming in 2021/22.

 

Booking / Inquiries

Press Inquiries / North America booking - Forest Juziuk (ASRA) - forest@asragency.com

For direct inquiries / European + Worldwide booking - Ciba.editions@gmail.com

 

Press

Rolling Stone

The Wire

Pitchfork

Spin

Bandcamp Daily

The Out Door

A Closer Listen

 

Interviews

Tone Glow

Bomb Magazine Field Recording

BK Magazine