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QubitNew York, NY NYC Impact Fund
Qubit is a collective of composers and sound artists who curate and produce events that feature innovative applications of technology in music. Our principal mission is to foster the development of emergent voices by working with young composers and performers who have yet to reach wider audiences, and by exploring and developing new and experimental technologies that expand performance practice, sonic aesthetics and public engagement.
Currently in its sixth season, Qubit occupies a unique position in New York’s musical ecosystem. We are presenters who curate, program, and commission work for distinctive events in non-traditional spaces at the boundaries of concert performance, sound installation art, and multimedia happening. We collaborate with some of the most exciting young ensembles and soloists from near and far to help them realize their creative visions, developing events that neither party could have conceived alone. And we contribute professional audio gear and technical expertise, two resources that are often limited by both budget and time in the busy city.
Recent examples include Magnitudes, a week-long exhibition in East Harlem featuring sound sculptures, performed installations, audio-visual performances, and technological improvisation, funded by a New Music USA project grant. Saturation Concrète paired superstar French cellist Séverine Ballon with the Impact Fund recipient TAK ensemble in a micro-festival of work for ensemble, interactive multichannel electronics, and electroacoustic soundscape. Another significant milestone was the 2013 Noise Non-ference, produced by Qubit in the Lower East Side that brought more than 50 artists from around the world for a two-day festival, celebrating noise in its many contexts: sounding, visual, performative, and written. And in 2014, Machine Music coordinated music for six Yamaha Disklaviers—MIDI controlled, robotic grand pianos—in a live stream between New York and Melbourne. In each case, we offered to our performer-collaborators a unique curatorial perspective, along with the technological expertise to put it into practice and reach out to the public in impactful ways.
A proud member of the New Music USA Impact Fund cohort, Qubit is always looking to broaden its contribution to bring technologically charged music to eager audiences in New York and beyond. Last season we continued our collaboration with TAK in a music theater production developed with the exciting young director Katherine Brook. We introduced our new Innovator Lab, a series focused on giving space, time and financial resources to the best young solo artists to commission and develop new works with electronics. With committed funding from the West Harlem Development Corporation to establish a pop-up venue in a corner of the city ripe for greater artistic representation, the Innovator Lab was an important feature of New York’s musical calendar in 2017-18. In addition to identifying young performers to showcase, we have built on our track record of commissioning and premiering up-and-coming composers. For both events, we have transformed non-traditional venues to help us to touch the public with expressive technologies.
This video trailer shows a collage of the recent events that have made Qubit a vibrant and unique actor in New York’s adventurous music and art scene.
Electrovox: Charlotte Mundy performs Banhoff by Natacha Diels
Qubit was proud to present Charlotte Mundy’s extended vocal palette in “Electrovox” at the Jack Arts Center in Brooklyn in July 2015. The medium of voice and interactive electronics is under-exploited, yet shockingly powerful. In Natacha Diels’s composition Banhoff, Charlotte wears a costume integrating custom-built electronic controller gloves to produce an uncanny performance.
The House of Influence (trailer video)
An unnamed lobbyist purveys a stolen bioweapon on the cryptomarket before arriving at a social media celebrity house in Los Angeles, and finally at a Twitter Bot factory in regions unknown. With a libretto by Dan J. McLaughlin O’Neil, the characters find themselves entangled amidst a widening morass of advertisements and social media. As the lines blur between themselves and their surroundings, the lobbyist takes flight to alternative dimensions, spanning the physically discrete to the virtual, beyond the singularity and into the post-Human.