murmurations is inspired by shifting clouds of starlings at dusk. This textural piece incorporates quintessential musical influences that have shaped me, improvisation, fixed media and live processing. This work is dedicated to Jacob Richman to commemorate our marriage, and to my father, Kenneth Volness, who passed away unexpectedly during its creation. This piece was created with support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Kirsten Volness is a composer and pianist whose music is inspired by nature, myth, science, spirituality, and environmental and sociopolitical issues. When not writing electro/acoustic music, she plays piano for NYC-based Hotel Elefant and Providence-based Verdant Vibes, a new music ensemble and concert series she co-founded in 2015. Kirsten writes and performs operas with homeless advocacy group Tenderloin Opera Company, collaborates with Meridian Project on multimedia performances exploring astrophysics, serves as Secretary on the board of directors for the Friends of the Music Mansion, and is an affiliate artist of Sleeping Weazel. She was 2017 composer-in-residence at the Music Mansion launching the First Fridays concert series and won composition fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Rhode Island Foundation (MacColl Johnson). She holds composition degrees from the Universities of Michigan (DMA, MM) and Minnesota (BA summa cum laude), and enjoys teaching both privately and at the University of Rhode Island.
Performer Biographical Sketch
Jacob Richman is a multimedia composer, performer, scholar, and educator who is fascinated by the interconnectedness of things—sounds with images, places with memories, people with the natural world. Jacob has played double bass and trombone since his youth and graduated with a joint BA in music composition and film/video from Harvard University. He received an MA in Media Arts from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Music and Multimedia production from the MEME program at Brown University in 2013.
Jacob taught at the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design, Brown University, and has been a teaching artist at Providence CityArts! for Youth. He currently teaches video and multimedia production in the Art and Art History Departments at the University of Rhode Island.