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French composer Pascale Criton in virtual discussion with musical collaborators at Issue Projet Room

On Friday, June 25th at 1pm EST, ISSUE Project Room is hosting an exclusive online event for ISSUE Members: a conversation between French composer Pascale Criton, Italian violinist Silvia Tarozzi and Italian cellist Deborah Walker around the series of compositions Sounding Limits.

The conversation and Q&A will be moderated by ISSUE's Communications Director & Assistant Curator Nick James Scavo. The event will be accessible via Zoom for ISSUE Members and invited guests with RSVP access. For more information please contact Corinne Daniel, Development Director, at corinne@issueprojectroom.org. Visit ISSUE's website to become an ISSUE member. As a member, you will directly support artists and ISSUE’s ongoing programming initiatives and commissions during this challenging time for the performing arts.

This event comes a few months before ISSUE plans to welcome audiences back to in-person events in Fall 2021. In October, it will present the premiere East Coast performances of Criton’s Sounding Limits pieces, two of which were co-authored in close collaboration with Tarozzi and Walker. These special performances mark the first time Criton presents her work in New York City. The program includes three compositions: Circle Process (Criton-Tarozzi, 2012) for solo violin, Chaoscaccia (Criton-Walker, 2014) for solo cello and Bothways (Criton, 2015) for violin and cello.

Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker are actively involved in the fields of contemporary experimental music and free improvisation. Together with Pascale Criton they have been exploring microtonal extended techniques and gestural processes on a violin and a cello tuned in 1/16 of a tone. They consider the compositions that have resulted from this process to be corporal scripts. They challenge the perception of form and the role of interpretation, transforming it into a creative process. Time and motion are no longer defined by pitches and metrical systems but are embodied as diagrams and moods.


About the artists

Pascale Criton studied composition with Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Gérard Grisey and Jean-Etienne Marie. She also received electro-acoustic training at the CIRM (International Centre for Musical Research, Nice) from 1980 to 1982, completed a musical computing course for composers at the IRCAM (Paris) in 1986 and earned a PhD in musicology (1999). Since the 1980s, Criton has been exploring sound variability, microtunings, multisensory reception and the spatialization of listening. A specialist of microtonality, she uses highly specific tuning systems – scordatura –particularly of stringed instruments, guitars and piano, combined with orchestral instruments and digital synthesis. Between 1974 and 1987, Criton was the music advisor of the philosopher Gilles Deleuze. She edited his la pensée-musique (2015) and Ivan Wyschnegradsky's Libération du son, écrits 1916-1979 (2013).

Silvia Tarozzi is an Italian violinist, composer and improviser. The oral transmission of music and the form created through a deep immersion in the sound are key to her musical research and find expression in several collaborations with composers as Éliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros, Pascale Criton, Cassandra Miller, Martin Arnold, Pierre-Yves Macé and Philip Corner. Her projects have been released by labels such as I dischi di Angelica, Unseen Worlds, New World Records and Potlatch. Her concerts have been recorded and broadcasted by BBC Radio and France Musique. She performs regularly in festivals and venues in Europe, North America, Canada and Mexico. In duo with Deborah Walker, and as a member of Ensemble Dedalus, she has worked with Christian Wolff, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Catherine Lamb, Sébastien Roux, and many others.

Italian cellist Deborah Walker is a new music performer and improviser based in Berlin. She is interested in multiple forms of music creation related to the exploration of sound and interaction with other art forms. She has played at many festivals such as Tectonics, Italia Wave, ZKM and Centre Pompidou, and she tours regularly at international venues and festivals. She is a member of the French Ensemble Dedalus and of the improvisatory orchestra ONCEIM. She has premiered solo works of composers such as Pascale Criton, Éliane Radigue, Philip Corner and Phill Niblock. For more than 15 years, she has performed regularly in duo with violinist Silvia Tarozzi. Their repertoire includes both contemporary and experimental works, as well as transcriptions of Italian traditional folk songs. After receiving a Masters in Music and sound composition at the University of Paris 8, Deborah completed a PhD at the University of Lorraine on the work of Fluxus artists in Italy, with a focus on the American cellist Charlotte Moorman.

About ISSUE Project Room

A pioneering Brooklyn-based performance nonprofit founded in 2003, ISSUE presents projects by interdisciplinary artists that expand the boundaries of artistic practice and stimulate critical dialogue in the broader community. ISSUE serves as a leading cultural incubator, facilitating the commission and premiere of innovative new works spanning genres of music, dance, literature and film.


ISSUE’s presentation of the work of Pascale Criton has been made possible through Jazz & New Music, a program of FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with support from the Florence Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français, SACEM (Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique) and Bureau Export.

ISSUE Project Room's 2021 season is supported, in part, by a grant from The Howard Gilman Foundation for 2021 online artist commissions. ISSUE gratefully acknowledges additional 2021 Summer Season support from TD Charitable Foundation and Metabolic Studio (a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation).

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