Wechselwirkung. Eine Montage für das Anthropozän

A experimental music theatre, premiere in November 2020 at Wien Modern Festival.
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Collaboration with the Composing Women Programme
at the University of Sydney, Prof. Liza Lim
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Interview with Artemi Gioti

Christina Lessiak met composer and researcher Artemis Gioti at the Institute for Electronic Music (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts (KUG) in Graz for an interview.

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Isolation Island – Reisebericht von einer Dämmerungslinie

Composed radio performance (Pia Palme 2020) as part of the Series KUNSTRADIO OE1, commissioned and presented by Elisabeth Zimmermann on 02/08/2020 – 23:00

Listen via webradio until August 8/2020 online at https://oe1.orf.at/player/20200802/607747

What happens to a musician who lives and works in isolation on a small island in Finland? Or in lockdown in Vienna? Both times, Pia Palme ended up walking outside a lot, talking to herself as she wrote and reflected, performed and composed. What happens to mind and body, to music? It’s all about perception, resting within nature and within oneself, and about looking at how the world changes as one listens more deeply. 

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Festival Fragility of Sounds – music/performance/discourse

POSTPONED to January 2021
KUG Kunstuniveristät Graz, Austria

With Elisabeth Schimana, Séverine Ballon, Elaine Mitchener, Pia Palme, Juliet Fraser, Electric Indigo, Schallfeld Ensemble, Veza Fernández, Paola Bianchi, Georgina Born, Darla Crispin, Chaya Czernowin, Gérman Toro Peréz, Malik Sharif, Yukiko Watanabe, Chikako Morishita, Irene Lehmann, Sarah Weiss, Flora Könemann, Aistė Vaitkevičiūtė, Christina Lessiak.

Concerts, performances, premieres of new works, discussions, lectures, talks.

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Performance research in the forest, in times of distancing

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Eins & Doppelt #2

An extended version of the oboe da caccia-duo has been composed and recorded.

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In February 2020, dancer Paola Bianchi, singer Juliet Fraser, composer Pia Palme, and musicologist Christina Lessiak gathered in Vienna to collaborate in artistic research, charting new terrains of music theatre. Experiments were conducted to explore fresh and inventive ways of how a performer’s body and voice can move in space. What happens when a singer begins to move in counterpoint to her vocal part, in a notable contrast to her singing? The elements body/voice/space interact, or interfere, with each other. How can a performer’s body and/or voice move in space? How can space hold the body and/or voice of a performer in motion? How is this performance perceived from the outside? How can choreography and musical concepts interact with space and performance?

Interview with Julia Eckhardt

On the last day of October 2019, Christina Lessiak travelled to Brussels to meet and interview musician and curator Julia Eckhardt. They talked about music, feminism, listening, and books.

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Interferences: experimentation with percussion objects

With percussionist Manuel Alcaraz Clemente, Pia Palme launches a series of experiments with percussion objects, to explore aspects of interferences and balancing. Currently, interferences are her favourite topic. Everything is connected, whether we want that or not.

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Musiktheater – eine Begehung.
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Performing Gender as Polyphony

Pia Palme’s article Performing Gender as Polyphony is published in the book
Staging Gender – 
Reflexionen aus Theorie und Praxis der performativen Künste
Irene Lehmann, Katharina Rost, Rainer Simon (Eds.)
Bielefeld: transcript Verlag 2019

In this article, Palme writes about themes she pursued in 2018; these explorations eventually brought her to the current research topics.

In this article, I approach gender from the point of audition, that is, from the position of listening. In music, polyphony is a compositional texture that allows many individual voices to sound together. Listening to a polyphony, one can perceive the individual voices as well as the entire soundscape that is produced by all voices manifesting together.


Christina Lessiak über Jennifer Lynn Stoever
The Sonic Color Line:
Race and the cultural politics of listening

Unser Alltagswissen sagt uns, dass wir Geschlecht und race* sehen können. Schalten wir das Radio ein, erleben wir, dass es zudem ein Hörwissen darüber gibt, wie beispielsweise eine schwarze** Frau klingen soll. Dass es sich dabei nicht um natürliche Klangdifferenzen qua Geschlecht und race handelt, sondern umauditive Konstruktionen, die darüber hinaus normativ und machtvoll sind, veranschaulicht Jennifer Lynn Stoever in The Sonic Color Line: Race and the cultural politics of listening (2016). 

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How to get away with/out Gender?

Genderdiversität auf der Bühne im Lichte der Institutionskritik
Buchvorstellung, Vortrag und Diskussion mit Dr. Irene Lehmann

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for spoken text, bass recorder, a membrane paper score & silent video (Palme, Banff 2019). Research conducted with Jane Gowan.

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for bass recorder with a spoken text, voice, optional silent video (Pia Palme, Banff 2019).
Research conducted with Rosie Middleton, UK.

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The Drum and the Sampler

A collaborative composition and performance
by Pia Palme, bass drum, voice, plant material, paper, texts
and Eric Gingras, sampler (Banff 2019).

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Performing a feminist utopia:
Music theatre as democratic practice

Project presentation by Pia Palme and Christina Lessiak presented at the University of Huddersfield during the Study Days Music and Democracy: Beyond Metaphors and Idealisation, Convenors: Igor Contreras Zubillaga and Robert Adligton, 20-21 June 2019.

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Music theatre performance by Pia Palme (2019)


Eins & doppelt

Duo for two oboe da caccia instruments (2019)

Research conducted with Molly McDolan and Ana Inés Feola, oboists.

Eins & Doppelt

We say we sound

Workshop and performative group experiment (2019)
Research conducted with students from the KUG Jazz Department
and voice class of Mag. Annette Giesriegl.

We Say We Sound


oder lieder im morgengrauen
Music theatre by Pia Palme and Paola Bianchi (2019)

DUSK SONGS oder lieder im morgengrauen

ENTSCHEIDE | The Womb Manifesto

Solo performance and text by Pia Palme

The Womb Manifesto

Interview with Thomas Heher

Christina Lessiak and Pia Palme talk with Thomas Heher, founder and director of Waves Vienna festival, about the situation of women in music business and the initiative Keychange.