Deep Listening Artists

Artists that are involved with the activities of the Deep Listening Institute, Ltd. are listed here.  Some are Deep Listening Certificate Holders, some have been associated with other programs and performances of the Institute.


Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
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Michelle Nagai

Brooklyn-based composer Michelle Nagai utilizes sound, physicality and concept to create site-specific performances, installations, radio broadcasts, dances and other interactions that address the human state in relationship to its setting. Recent creative projects incorporate through-composed and improvised music for acoustic instruments and electronics, as well as natural environments, found objects, video, costumes, texts and structures fabricated from a variety of media. In addition, she has developed a number of web-based projects centered on the topic of soundwalking. Nagai’s work has been presented throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She has been supported by the American Composers Forum, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, Meet the Composer and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Nagai is a founding member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology and holds a teaching certificate from the Deep Listening Institute.

Kenta Nagai

Kenta Nagai is a sound and visual artist based in New York City. He works with acoustic and electronic sound, visual media and live performance.
After completing undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston (BA, 1996) Nagai moved to New York City. He began his NY career as a fretless guitarist playing on the streets, in subway stations and at clubs. His most recent compositional work, entitled Long, Long, Long, is an ensemble piece for traditional Asian instruments. It was presented at Roulette, in NYC, in October 2006. Nagai is also a featured performer on two recordings by the composer Laura Andel, "Somnambulist" (Red Toucan Records, May 2003, RT9322) and "In::tension:" (Rossbin Records, October 2005, RS022). As a performer on the shamisen, a traditional Japanese string instrument, Nagai has appeared in numerous concerts at venues including Sculpture Center in Long Island City and Carnegie Hall. From 1999 until 2002 Nagai was a composer in residence at The Cave Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to his work as a guitarist, Nagai is also involved in creating multi-media, interactive performance and installation and has collaborated with artists from various fields. These projects include a long-standing collaborative relationship with choreographer Boaz Barkan documented by filmmaker Miana Grafals in the short film "A Moving Portrait.” This film was presented at Dance Theatre Workshop in NYC as part of the 2005 Dance on Camera Festival. More recently, Nagai worked with the photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto on the silent film "The Water Magician" (1933, directed by Kenji Mizoguchi) composing film score and performed at Japan Society, NYC and Hershhorn Museum at Smithsonian Institute. In 2005 and 2006, Nagai performed in "Flight of Mind " with choreographer Jennifer Monson. He continues his collaboration with Monson in 2007 through a multi-season project set in the Highland Park Reservoir in NYC.


Vonn New

Vonn New is a composer/performer who uses percussion, flutes, field recordings and computer processing to create sonic playgrounds for herself and others. Based in Hyde Park NY, she is engaged using music and listening in Quaker ministry to promote peacebuilding and the expression of joy as a response to violence.  

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Kristin Norderval

Kristin Norderval is a classically trained singer, improviser, and composer. Profiled by The New York Times in "Downtown Divas Expand their Horizons" and hailed as one of "new music's best" by the Village Voice, she performs a repertoire that spans the renaissance to the avant-garde. Both as a composer and as a performer Ms. Norderval has specialized in developing new works for voice and chamber ensembles, with special emphasis on small scale opera, multi-media, cross-disciplinary work, and works with interactive technology. Her collaborations have included work with choreographers, sculptors, filmmakers and installation artists as well as numerous new music ensembles. Commissions have included works for Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen, the Bucharest International Dance Festival in Romania, and jill sigman/thinkdance in New York City. She was the recipient of a Norwegian State Artist’s Stipend (Statens kunstnerstipend) in 2004 and 2005 for the development of new multi-disciplinary work, the American Music Center’s Henry Cowell Award in 2005, and the Jerome Composer's Commissioning Program in 2006. Upcoming commissions include works for the Parthenia viol consort and a multi-media work for DVD for the composer consortium "Sounding Out". Norderval's credits as a soloist include performances with the Netherlands Dance Theater, the San Francisco Symphony, the Oslo Sinfonietta and the Philip Glass Ensemble. She has recorded for CRI, Nonesuch, Mode, Deep Listening, Eurydice, Aurora and Point records. Norderval is currently a research fellow at Østfold University College in Norway.

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