Matthew Yamamoto ’23 wins the 2023 Oakes and Louise Ames Prize
This program features experimental musicians and performance artists exploring and redefining live composition in an intimate setting at Spark. In these performances, artists and audience members are in close proximity; the stage is unfixed. Volume ranges from extremely quiet to piercing tones and noise — the focused act of experiential listening morphs throughout the evening. All featured performers originate from or are based in New England, and come with a variety of artistic and technical backgrounds; each artist is identified and driven by a completely individual aesthetic and non-conforming narrative.
Spark Makerspace is a new space for creatives and makers in southeastern CT. This community-run workshop and learning center has multiple locations in downtown New London. Members pay monthly dues and get access to a makerspace, coworking space, retail space, classes, and much more.
The overarching aim of Spark is to support individuals and the community of southeastern CT to come alive by building skills, knowledge, and confidence through being hands-on creative.
Caroline Park is a composer, musician, and artist who works primarily within the minimum in experimental electronic music. As a composer-performer, she has shared the stage with Mem1, Steve Roden, a canary torsi, Evidence, Dollshot, and Arnold Dreyblatt with performances at the New Museum, the Stone, Machines With Magnets, AS220, Goethe-Institut Boston, and Jordan Hall. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic and computer-based art practices. Park lives in Providence, RI.
Cecilia Lopez is a composer, musician and instrument builder from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work explores the boundaries between composition and improvisation, as well as the resonance properties of diverse materials through the creation of non-conventional sound devices. She studied composition with Carmen Baliero and Gustavo Ribicic. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College NY and is an MA candidate at Wesleyan University in composition (2016). Her work has been performed at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Festival Internacional Tsonami de Buenos Aires, Floating Points Festival at Issue Project Room (NYC), Ostrava Days Festival 2011 (Ostrava, Czech Republic), MATA Festival 2012 (NYC), Experimental Intermedia 2015 (NYC) and Kunsternes Hus (Oslo). She was a Civitella Ranieri fellow in 2015. She has collaborated in projects with Carmen Baliero, Carrie Schneider and Lars Laumann among others.
Jinku Kim is a composer, performer, and multimedia artist currently residing in New England Area. His work focuses on pushing the boundaries of interaction through sound installation and audio visual performances. His works have been performed and installed at various places including REDCAT of Walt Disney Concert Hall, CEMEC in Stanford University, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Mills College, STEIM in Amsterdam, Beyond Baroque in Venice CA, Machine project in Los Angeles among others.
Asha Tamirisa  is often found working with some combination of sound, video, sculpture, and movement. Her work has been presented at venues such as the ICA Boston, UnionDocs (NYC), The Tank (NYC), Spectrum (NYC), I-Park Foundation (CT), WomanMade Gallery (Chicago), and The Santa Fe Complex, and has been programmed on series and festivals such as Magic Lantern Cinema (PVD/NYC), the Drone Cinema Film Fest (NL), Altered States Film Festival (UK), Opensound (Boston), OPENSIGNAL (Providence), sonic.focus (Brown University) Non-Event (Boston), Akron Film+Pixel, Lion vs. Gorilla (Chicago), and Substructure (Boston). She's released music on Private Chronology and has an upcoming release on Pan Y Rosas.
She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic / computer based art practices.
She graduated from Oberlin College and is currently a doctoral student in the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments [ MEME ] program at Brown University.
Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology
Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Seminar and student work space:
768 Williams Street
Pink House, 740 Williams Street
Computer Lab: Olin 214