Web site: http://www.simons-karrer.com/
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Lisa Karrer works internationally as a composer, director, vocalist and performance artist, performing her works in Eastern and Western Europe, Israel, Asia, Indonesia, Canada and the U.S. She uses vocal music as her primary form of communication and is especially interested in re-activating world languages in order to explore and interpret transverse lines of contemporary and ancestral world cultures. Lisa has studied voice with Andrea Goodman of the Meredith Monk Ensemble, Richard Armstrong and Kevin Crawford of the Roy Hart Theater in France and Sjabbe Von Selfout of Spain. She is also an accomplished stilt dancer.
Lisa tours, collaborates, records and performs with artists and ensembles such as Tan Dun, David Simons, Gregory Barsamian, Mary Ziegler, Jenny Lynn McNutt, John Morton, Douglas Dunn, David First, Jacqueline Shatz, Thomas Buckner, Margaret Leng Tan, Muna Tseng, Toni Dove, Denman Maroney, Patrick Grant, Theodora Skipitares, Joshua Fried, Jerome Kitzke and Tony Prabowa's New Jakarta Ensemble; and with Music For Homemade Instruments and Gamelan Son of Lion, for whom she also composes. Lisa produced and composed works for Gamelan Son of Lion's CDs "Bending the Gending" (2002), and "Sonogram" (2009) and Music For Homemade Instruments' CD "Pick Of the Litter" (2000).
Awards include a '95 ArtsLink Collaborative Projects Grant from the NEA/Soros Foundation and an Arts International Travel Grant to further her collaborative projects in Estonia; a ‘96 Harvestworks Programming Residency; a '97 ArtsLink grant to create "Puhamu", a multi-media music-performance installation in Tallinn, Estonia; and various Meet The Composer Awards. Lisa and collaborator David Simons received grants from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Jerome Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund to compose, develop and record their chamber opera "The Birth of George", sponsored by Harvestworks and American Opera Projects; released on CD under Harvestworks TELLUS Label. In 2003 Lisa was awarded funding from The Greenwall Foundation and Arts International to support her current work "Woman's Song: The Story of Roro Mendut".
In January 2000: Lisa performed in Bali and Java, in David Simons "Music For Theremin and Gamelan" and as guest vocalist with Javanese composer Tony Prabowo's New Jakarta Ensemble at the Sacred Rhythm Festival; in the U.S. she presented works from "The Simurgh", an opera-in progress with texts by Olive Schreiner and novelist Doris Lessing, at Galapagos' New Music Series in Brooklyn; and the Outer Voices Series in New York City.
In winter/spring '01: Lisa appeared with Jerome Kitzke in the "Great Day in New York" series at Alice Tully Hall; with Gamelan Son of Lion at BAM with the Mark Morris Dance Company, and in Barbara Benary's gamelan opera "Esther" at HERE Theater. In fall '01 Lisa taught master classes at Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia, with choreographer Douglas Dunn, lighting designer Carol Mullins and co-composer David Simons. In March '02 she was solo vocalist in David First's score for Theodora Skiptares' shadow puppet work "The Rise and Fall of Timur the Lame" at LaMama Annex.
In October '03 Lisa premiered "Woman's Song: The Story of Roro Mendut", at the Kitchen in co-production with World Music Institute. Prior to the premiere, in July, Lisa was awarded Arts International funding to bring "Woman's Song..." to Estonia's Glasperlenspiel Festival. "Woman's Song..." is a multi-arts music theater work based on a 17th Century Javanese legend, composed and directed by Karrer, with shadow puppets by Kate Yourke, video projections by Jenny Lynn McNutt and lighting design by Carol Mullins; featuring Gamelan Son of Lion, Balinese dancer Ayu Armini, Javanese dance and mask performer Deena Burton, martial artist George Crayton and vocalist/stilt dancer Lisa Karrer. In November '03, Lisa traveled to Zagreb with collaborator David Simons, where they created a score and sound installation for Ivana Sajko's "MASS For Election Day Silence", premiered February '04 with BADco ensemble.
In February '06 she presented "River Kotekan", a work for gamelan, pianists and vocalists, at Merkin Hall's Interpretations Series in NYC;
In '07 Lisa premiered "Schismism Pt 1: Fractured America", a multi-arts solo project, at The Flea Theater in NYC, including interactive triggering sculpture by Gregory Barsamian. As resident performing artist at the Living Theatre in Oct '08, she premiered "Schismism: Natural Law", based on the life of Charles Darwin, in collaboration with composer/performer David Simons and interactive "House" sculpture by Jacqueline Shatz. In Oct '09 "Schismism..." was featured in NYC's Entertaining Science series, curated by Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffman, and at Cal State University's Darwin Series curated by anthropologist Philip Debarros. Her recent compositions for Gamelan orchestra appear on Gamelan Son of Lion's CD "Sonogram", released in January '09 on Innova Records. Lisa continues to develop video/sound performances such as "Mary's SITE", based on the animated sculpture of visual artist Mary Ziegler. Her video and sound installations have been exhibited at venues such as GAGA/Garnerville Arts Center and RoCA/Rockland Center for the Arts in Rockland County, and A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn NY. Lisa is currently composing the score for a new musical adaptation of Alice In Wonderland, through a commission from Ramapo College, with opening performances in March 2010.