THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS OF SILENCE
Anna Bulbrook cannot be contained: the performing artist is also an interdisciplinary artistic director, creative producer, cultural programmer, and speaker/writer at the intersection of music, pop culture, ideas, and social good. A “recovered” classical violinist, Anna spent a decade as a fixture in the indie rock scene of Los Angeles with projects like the Airborne Toxic Event and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros before founding Girlschool, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based feminist creative-producing organization that uses interdisciplinary emerging culture to imagine paths forward through performance experiences.
Girlschool has collaborated with interdisciplinary artists and speakers including Fiona Apple, Yoko Ono, Shirley Manson, Carrie Brownstein, Leikeli47, Jay Som, Morgan Parker, Eve Barlow, Karen O, Mereba, St. Vincent, Nina McNeely, Kamil Oshundara, and many more. Girlschool’s partners include the LA Phil, Red Bull, Glenfiddich, FORM Arcosanti, THINX, Nasty Gal, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and many more. Girlschool has been called a “vision for the way forward” by the Los Angeles Times.
Anna possesses an RIAA-Certified Gold Record from her time with the Airborne Toxic Event, and has played violin with the likes of Sia, Beyoncé, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, Spiritualized, Mikal Cronin, and many more.
We see Lady Macbeth in a dozen crooning silhouettes washing blood out of rags over bright porcelain sinks; hear Stravinsky pouring out of an abandoned warehouse; see dozens of watermelons fly off of Disney Hall; parse a chorus singing Haydn’s “Creation” backwards; listen to three minutes of “Le nozze” for twelve hours; and hear the sound of rose-petal jam making as music. Conductor and composer Christopher Rountree, is standing at the intersection of classical music, new music, performance art and pop.
Regarded as one of the most iconoclastic conductors in the field, Rountree’s inimitable style has led to collaborations with: Björk, John Adams, Yoko Ono, David Lang, Scott Walker, La Monte Young, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mica Levi, Alison Knowles, Sigourney Weaver, Tyshawn Sorey, Ragnar Kjartansson, Missy Mazzoli, Ryoji Ikeda, Du Yun, and many of the planet’s greatest orchestras and ensembles including: the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera national de Paris, the Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Rountree is the artistic director and conductor of wild Up, the ensemble he founded in 2010, he is a seventh-generation Californian descended from the first sheriffs of Santa Cruz County. He lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Kerstin Hovland and Emery Martin / Electronic Countermeasures
Electronic Countermeasures is a post-disciplinary partnership between artists Kerstin Hovland and Emery Martin. Their work focuses on creating immersive performances, experiences and environments using a wide variety of mediums and disciplines including light, sound, video, sculpture, computer programming, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Drawing from a diverse background of creative, academic, and technological study, they research societal, natural, and technological phenomena and weave them into aesthetically striking and sonically rich time-and-space-based works meant to educate, challenge and delight.