power : capacity : agency

“POWER IS A SOMETHING — ANYTHING — WHICH MAKES OR RENDERS SOMEBODY ABLE TO DO, CAPABLE OF DOING SOMETHING…IT IS CAPACITY, POTENTIAL, ABILITY, OR WHEREWITHAL.” 

-Hannah Pitkin, Political Theorist

power : capacity : agency is a series of commissions and performances that seeks to engage the composer, the performer, and the listener in conversation about individual and collective power.

I came up with the idea for power : capacity : agency in February 2016, when I realized that I had not played more than a small handful of works composed by women. I was taken aback by my complicity in a musical power structure that is still largely male-dominated.

power : capacity : agency is a means of bringing myself and others– collaborators and audiences– into a conversation about individual and collective power in the music world and in society at large. My goal is not to find or to give specific answers, but rather to open avenues of communication with others. Through the performance of these new works, power : capacity : agency asks us– the performer, the composer, and the listener– to consider,

  • In what ways do you already hold power?
  • When do you feel that you lack power?
  • What kinds of power can you make available to yourself?
  • How does collective power help certain voices be heard?

Live music performance creates a space where new ideas and opinions have the potential to be heard. The act of performing holds power in its ability to silence others or to help them be heard. As performers, how do we choose to use this power? What kinds of conversations does our programming engage our audience in? Whose voices are we making heard?

COMMISSIONED WORK

“No Relics” (2017) by Jenny Beck

5′ piece for cello & electronics (in progress) by Elisabet Curbelo-Gonzalez

8-10′ work for solo cello (in progress) by Juri Seo