Profile Type: Artist
Christine Southworth

Christine Southworth (b. 1978) is a composer and video artist based in Lexington, Massachusetts, dedicated to creating art born from a cross-pollination of sonic and visual ideas. Inspired by intersections of technology and art, nature and machines, and musics from cultures around the world, her music employs sounds from man and nature, from Van de Graaff Generators to honeybees, Balinese gamelan to seismic data from volcanoes.

Southworth received a B.S. from MIT in 2002 in mathematics and an M.A. in Computer Music & Multimedia Composition from Brown University in 2006. In 2003 she co-founded Ensemble Robot, a collaborative of artists and engineers that design and build musical robots. She has been a member of MIT-based Gamelan Galak Tika since 1999, and has composed several pieces for the group and performed at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, EMPAC, the Cleveland Museum of Art, several Bang on a Can Marathons, and the Bali International Arts Festival. In 2010, she helped design Gamelan Elektrika for her piece Supercollider, which was premiered at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival with the Kronos Quartet. In addition to gamelan, she studies bagpipe, playing both the Galician Gaita and the Great Highland Bagpipe. 

Southworth's compositions have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Indonesia by ensembles including Kronos QuartetGamelan Galak TikaCalder QuartetBang on a Can All-StarsGamelan Semara RatihCalifornia EAR UnitAndrew W.K., and Ensemble Robot. She has received awards from the American Music CenterUCross FoundationLEF FoundationAmerican Composers ForumMeet the ComposerNew England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), the MIT Eloranta Fellowship, and Bang on a Can and has been a fellow at UCross Foundation and The Hermitage Artist Retreat. Her multimedia work has been exhibited/performed at the Rubin Museum in New York, The Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Off Festival in Katowice, Poland, and in Havana, Cuba, Intersection Festival in Toronto, Ars Musica in Brussels, and in venues throughout the US. Her most recent large-scale multimedia piece Spider's Canvas / Arachnodrone was a collaboration with clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, engineer Isabel Su, and computer music specialist Ian Hattwick. 

She has four recordings available on Airplane Ears Music: Zap! (2008) and Gamelan Galak Tika: Bronze Age Space Age (2009),  Christine Southworth String Quartets (2013), performed by The Calder QuartetKronos QuartetGamelan Galak Tika, and Face the Music, with support from the American Music Center CAP Recording Grant, and In My Mind and In My Car (2013), for Evan Ziporyn on bass clarinet, electronics and video.

Additional Links: 
Multimedia performance inside interactive 3D model of tent spider web
Christine Southworth Bandcamp Profile
Christine Southworth Spotify Profile
Christine Southworth Apple Music Profile

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Multimedia Artist
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65 Turning Mill Road
Lexington, MA 02420
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Mathematics 2002
Brown University, MA, Computer Music & Multimedia Composition
Carlsbad Music Festival Commission – January 2007
LEF Foundation – 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003
Boston Museum of Science Composer in Residence - 2005-06
NEFA / Meet the Composer - 2005, 2012
Eloranta Fellowship - 2001
American Composers Forum - 2003
MAP Fund - 2017
MIT Dean's Fund Grant - 2014
Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellowship - 2014-2016
Redfern Arts Center Commission - 2013
Silk Road Ensemble Commission - 2012
UCross Foundation Fellow - 2012
American Music Center CAP Recording Grant - 2011
International Festival of Gamelan Amsterdam Commission - 2010
Explorers Club Commission - 2009
Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Commission – 2009
Meet the Composer Creative Connections Grant – 2009

I am a Touring Artist

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