Excerpt from the premiere of Lea Bertucci's The Cepheid Variations I, recorded January 8, 2015 as part of Bertucci's ISSUE Project Room residency. Drawing on the natural acoustics of ISSUE's 22 Boerum Place theater, The Cepheid Variations explore movement of sound in space through the use of dissonance, wide dynamic fluctuations and particular sonic textures.
Lea Bertucci is an interdisciplinary artist, composer and improviser working with installation, sound, and projection. As an instrumentalist, she focuses on an electro-acoustic preparation of the bass clarinet that heavily utilizes speaker feedback. In recent years, her projects have expanded to site-specific compositions for electronics and instruments, multichannel sound installations and music concrete collage. Bertucci has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Wave Farm, Smack Mellon, LMCC, and The Queens Museum of Art. She was awarded Young Composers' commissions from Roulette in 2008 and 2012. Her debut solo LP, Resonance Shapes was released in 2013 on the Obsolete Units label. Collaborators include Leila Bordreuil, G. Lucas Crane, Bhob Rainey, Anthony Saunders, Bradley Eros and Eli Keszler. She has performed solo and collaborative works at venues such as ISSUE Project Room, The Kitchen, Anthology Film Archives, Caramoor, Artists' Television Access (SF), Incubator Arts, Experimental Intermedia, The Wave Farm, Roulette, The Queens Museum of Art and the High Zero Festival among many others.