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Luisa Muhr

New York, NY         

Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, improvisor, director, installation artist, sound artist, and theater maker, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde. As a performer she specializes in performance, movement, vocal, installation, and theater art. Muhr is also an educator, writer/lyricist, and the creator and curator of New York’s leading interdisciplinary womxn and non-binary artists performance series Women Between Arts at The New School. She is the co-founder of the performing arts company FENGARI Works and a core member of the vocal-movement ensemble Constellation Chor.

Muhr’s primary focus is working with musicians in a theatrical, ritualesque setting, exploring the relationship between sonic and physical movement in space. 

She was a Music Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works in New York in April 2019 and at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Estate with six-times-Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill in June 2019. As part of Constellation Chor Muhr will return to Pioneer Works for another Music Residency in April 2020. Furthermore she will be commissioned to create a performance piece for Roulette Intermedium in the Fall of 2020. 

Muhr has collaborated with artists such as Iva Bittová, Claire Chase, Kenneth Goldsmith, Sarah Hennies, Shelley Hirsch, Frank London, Arturo O’Farrill, Jenny Romaine, Peter Schumann, Sxip Shirey, John Zorn, and was part of Constellation Chor’s performance of Ashley Fure’s ‘Filament’ with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. 

 Other noteworthy duo collaborations include guitarist Wendy Eisenberg, bassist Brandon Lopez,  multi-instrumentalist Dina Maccabee, sound artist C. Lavender, drummer Devin Gray, and visual artist Suzanne Levesque. 

 Muhr is currently developing a new opera with Arturo O’Farrill.

She performed at venues such as Lincoln Center (David Geffen Hall), Pioneer Works, The Kitchen, National Sawdust, Roulette Intermedium, The Jewish Museum, The Stone, Park Avenue Armory, Judson Memorial Church, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The New School, Queenslab, Queens Museum, Museum of the Moving Image, the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and various other experimental venues in NYC and Brooklyn.

Sounds of Physical Listening

Excerpts from “Sounds of Physical Listening”

Installation Ritual conceived by Luisa Muhr at Pioneer Works, April 2019

With: Gelsey Bell / Judith Berkson / Sarah Bernstein / Noa Fort / Sara Galassini / Rachel Housle / C. Lavender / Dina Maccabee / Luisa Muhr / Mary Prescott / Anna RG / Jean Carla Rodea / Roshni Samlal / Melvis Santa / Peter Sciscioli / Pyeng Threadgill / Petra van Noort / Sugar Vendil

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Luisa Muhr/Wendy Eisenberg Duo at Pioneer Works (False Harmonics 3)

Luisa Muhr / Wendy Eisenberg

Performed as part of ‘False Harmonics’ series in Atelier Van Lieshout’s installation ‘CryptoFuturism’ at Pioneer Works on April 9, 2019. This performance also incorporated an audio compilation of Muhr’s ‘Dance on Metal’.
Muhr was a Music Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works in April 2019.

Curator: Justin Frye

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Luisa Muhr, Daniel Carter, Dave Sewelson, Aron Namenwirth at Pete’s Free Jazz (Aron’s Place)

Live at Pete’s Free Jazz (at Aron’s Place) on February 1, 2020

Luisa Muhr – movement, voice
Daniel Carter – reeds, trumpet, flute
Dave Sewelson – baritone saxophone
Aron Namenwirth – guitar

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