Qubit is a contemporary music and performance art initiative founded in 2010. Its principal mission is to foster the development of emergent voices by working with young composers whose work has yet to reach wide audiences, and to explore and develop new and experimental technologies as they relate to performance practice, sonic aesthetics, and public engagement.
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Qubit and the renowned Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente join forces to present four major works, each exploring aspects of the psychologically submerged. The program features work by The Dowager Marchylove, part of the Grúpat collective, a long-standing alter-ego project by Jennifer Walshe. Nicole Mitchell’s Cult of Electromagnetic Connectivity engages with imagined creatures that exist in dimensions beyond human sensory capacity. David Bird’s Thresholds places the 1994 cult film “Speed” at the center of the musical and visual action, while Alec Hall’s SPIN highlights the cult fitness world of Peloton.
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Credo envisions a contemporary mass celebrating our technoreligion, as we congregate by algorithm, confess through our phones, and put our memories and hopes in the Cloud. This collaboration between composer Alec Hall, video artist Bernhard Fasenfest, and poet Vanessa Place draws upon user data and harvested media. The live performance will feature the six singers of the Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble at the Riverside Church Theatre.
Scatter is inspired by the elliptical orbit of Halley's Comet around the sun, the elliptical shape of Manhattan, and the orbits of transportation we regularly engage with in city life. Scatter maps these celestial and commonplace commutes into a singular experience. This project features recorded performances by Duo-Axis, design by Myles Emmons, and development by Devin Frenze.
These events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council