Artist in Residence Odeya Nini: A Solo Voice
Langson IMCA Artist in Residence Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles-based experimental vocalist and composer. Her work explores performance practice, textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds in compositions spanning from chamber music to vocal pieces, including collages of musique concrète (music created from mixing recorded sounds). Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur.
Composed and performed by Odeya Nini, A Solo Voice is part of the artist’s ongoing investigation of resonance, extended vocal techniques, and pure expression. Evolving over the last 10 years, the work consists of malleable compositions and improvisations that disassociate the voice from its traditional attributes. This results in a logic of song that is not only heard but felt and seen through movement and gesture.
In this performance, Nini establishes a dialogue between Langson IMCA’s interim museum space, the works on view in The Resonant Surface: Movement, Image, and Sound in California Painting, and the viewer, examining visual and sonic possibilities of embodied sound (sound in tangible, physical form). Using her various methods of abstract communication to provoke and soothe, Nini draws the viewer into a shared experience of breath, body, and sound.
About the artist
Nini holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Joyce Soho, MONA and Art Basel Miami, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Australia, Mongolia, Madagascar and Vietnam. She has lectured on contemporary vocal techniques and composition at the university level and leads workshops exploring the creative and healing qualities of voice and movement. Nini has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artists, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with and appeared in works by artists and ensembles such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris, Lucy & Jorge Orta, wild Up and The Industry.