"...delicious sonic abstractions..."

- Shepard Express


Bio: C. Olivia Valenza is a composer and clarinetist+ whose artistic process comes from a focus on inter-disciplinary collaboration, improvisation, and the development of electroacoustic and acoustic concert music. She strives to create in the moment experiences of listening and creating for both the performers and the audience. She revels in the model being a composer/performer offers her, creating music to play with friends and sonically investigating the areas of connection between different artistic mediums.

Within her compositions exist lost or forgotten objects and media that have been uncovered. She incorporates rediscovered recordings, photos and journals, or other things she’s happened upon, such as ceramic doll parts, or window weights in her work. She defines new contexts for these objects as the material in her compositions or improvised performances.

Her improvisational language and electro-acoustic work as a performer on clarinet, turntable and electronics often seeks to emphasize fragile, yet guttural, complex timbres.

She has had the pleasure of working/performing with Present Music, Hyperlocal MKE, Wild Space Dance Company, Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra (MiLO), Seed Sounds, Unrehearsed MKE, and the UWM Contemporary Music Ensemble, Experimental Improvisation Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble.