Providence-based composer Amber Vistein (b.1984) is intensely interested in the physicality of sound and delves deeply into the poetics of timbre, texture, and gesture. She deploys a diverse array of extended techniques in her acoustic compositions, creating complex ‘sonic worlds’ that blossom, radiate, and continually transform. Her use of electronics and digital signal processing, further expand the expressive potential immanent within her sonic materials. These tools allow her to develop an immense range of sonorities and compose music designed to envelop the listener in an immersive, evolving situation.
Additionally, she often incorporates elements of field recording, narrative, and theatre into her work. To this end, Amber frequently collaborates with video artists, choreographers, and visual artists. This has allowed her to explore the practices of multi-media installation (The Unnamable), live dance performance (HoverDive), and scoring for media (Murmur).
Amber recently completed a chamber opera entitled Man Will Not Outlive the Weather for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, piano, percussion, and electronics. The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) performed selections from this work at Brown University in February 2017. In 2016, she had the pleasure of composing Byggja (solo percussionist, fixed media, and live electronics) for Russell Greenberg (of Yarn/Wire); and Constellations and Bones (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion) for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In 2016, she created a set of site-specific sound installations entitled Growth Continuum for the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. In 2015, she composed Approach Stillness (solo piano and live electronics) for pianist Keith Kirchoff. In 2014, her work Apropos (for soprano and fixed media) was premiered by renowned soprano Tony Arnold in Boston, MA. She is currently working on a commission for the Boston-based percussion ensemble Rest/Noise.
Amber is a third year PhD student in the Computer Music and Multimedia (MEME) department at Brown University where her primary mentors are Wang Lu, Eric Nathan, and Butch Rovan. And is thrilled to be a 2017-2019 Composition Fellow with American Opera Project’s Composers & the Voice program. Amber received her MFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2013, where she studied with several notable artists and composers including: John Mallia, Marti Epstein, Elaine Buckholtz, Nance Davies, and Jane Marsching. As an undergraduate she double majored in Music and Philosophy, earning her BA from New College of Florida in 2007, her principal advisors were Stephen Miles and April Flakne.