Dina Maccabee

California/New York
Artist in Residence, 2018

A person standing and holding a violin in one hand and a bow in the other.

Artist Statement

My music is defined less by a particular genre than by its ability to zero in on a mood and explore a musical logic around that feeling, text, or idea. I allow melody and often narrative to be arrived at intuitively, offering traces of the many kinds of musical language I have listened to and studied. While primarily using song forms, to avoid being circumscribed by a specific historical or aesthetic vocabulary, my performances and recordings often include mismatched elements: classical instruments alongside electronic sounds, or strictly composed elements against found noise.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands, I will continue my exploration of composition as a daily practice. Starting with string instruments and voice, my usual tools for making sustained sound, I hope to discover ways to incorporate other materials like field recordings, photography, and text, and to observe the ways the passage of time and repetition are marked in the natural environment of Headlands. I am also particularly interested in delving into the ways specific rooms and spaces influence the timbres and textures of my music.

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