Jessie Marino is a composer, performer, and media artist from Long Island, New York. Her work explores the repetition inside common activities, ritualistic absurdities, and uncovering nostalgic technologies. Jessie’s pieces score out sound, video, physical movements, lighting, and staging, which are then placed within organised temporal structures, fractured narratives and musical frameworks.

In ‘Body, Voice, Time’, a three part Sounds Unheard masterclass series for secondary school musicians, Jessie introduces us to some of her scores that ask performers to use their bodies—using precisely articulated gestures, facial expressions, and quotidian physical movements—both as an alternative and a complement to musical sounds.

In the first episode of this series, “Body as Musical Material”, Jessie discusses the idea of “everyday virtuosity” – taking notice of the kinds of activities and gestures we perform on a daily basis, and how we can use these to create musical structures. We then look at a live performance of Jessie’s work “Rot Blau” by Russian duo Mami Nova, which highlights both the strength of the unified group and the uniqueness of individuals.

Join us next Wednesday for part two in Jessie’s masterclass series, where we’ll take a closer look at her scores and notation. For more information on Jessie, visit https://www.jessiemarino.com/.

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