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 Hatwick. 

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: 
Christine Southworth's JAMU choreographed by Ashley Salomon, live at the Boston Cyberarts Festival.
Video documentation of live performance of Heavy Metal at the Boston Museum of Science, 2006.
Christine Southworth's Robot Organic live at Technology Review's Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT, September 2007.
Video documentation of live performance of ZAP! at the Boston Museum of Science.
Multimedia performance inside interactive 3D model of tent spider web

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65 Turning Mill Road
Lexington, MA 02420
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Mathematics 2002
Brown University, MA, Computer Music & Multimedia Composition
Carlsbad Music Festival Commission – January 2007LEF Foundation – 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003Boston Museum of Science Composer in Residence - 2005-06NEFA / Meet the Composer - October 2005American Composers Forum - 2003Eloranta Fellowship - 2001

I am a Touring Artist

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For gamelan, none. For robot demonstrations or workshops, requirements vary. Please contact me ( with questions.
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