Laetitia Sonami2002

Laetitia Sonami is as much an instrumentalist, mime, dancer and performance artist as she is a composer. She builds instruments, writes computer software, records and sculpts sound elements and then, in haunting live performances, simultaneously controls her compositions and transcends technology through the use of gestural manipulators. Wielding her spiky black "Lady’s Glove," an ironically feminine elbow-length lycra mesh prosthesis embedded with sensors, she controls up to 16 musical parameters and translates custom-made mudras into sound. With text (written by Melody Sumner Carnahan), voice, and circular narrative a dominant element, Sonami’s work has been described as “an ongoing live performance novel.” Her most recent work, in collaboration with Nick Bertoni and The Tinkers Workshop, involves large scale installations made with inventors, scientists and school children.

"I am fascinated with technology, both modern and ancient, as an expression of our desires, fantasies and fears. In concerts I use sensors originally intended to foster a sense of security to create music. I record mechanisms from discarded tools and shape the sounds into abstract textures. I use raw digital data from documents and old software and transform them into sounds which reveal unspoken stories and sonic landscapes hidden in these digital highways which no one hears or sees. I consider myself a wired storyteller."