Shoemaker, Carolie J.

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Shoemaker, Carolie J.

Shoemaker, Carolie J., American composer and multidisciplinary performance artist; b. Kennewick, Wash., April 9, 1963. She studied composition with William O. Smith and Diane Thome, and voice with Montserrat Alavedra at the Univ. of Wash. (B.F.A., 1989). She conducted lifelong studies in violin, voice, drama, dance, literary arts, linguistics, electronic music, and composition. Her work emphasizes the interaction of language and music and brings together such aural and visual elements as speech, narration, movement, tape, electronics, and live music into a synergistic whole. Many of her compositions are scored for variable ensemble and involve structured improvisation.


The Elephant’s Child for Narrator and Brass Quintet (1987); Stitch in Time for Voice and Tape (1988); Classified Info for Mixed Instruments and Newspaper (1989); Crackdown for Tape with Optional Live Sung/Spoken Performance (1989); Extended Forcast for Voice, String Quartet, and Bass Viol (1989); Lagan Tide for Tape, Mixed Instruments, and Voice (1989); Bedtime Stories for Voice over Variable Solo, or Group Ensemble with Electronics (1990); Yo(u) Tarzan for Voice, Sequenced Electronics, and Tape (1990).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire