A Room of One’s Own




A Room of One’s Own: Nadia Botello’s Sono / Aqua
April 21, 2018  | 6:30 – 9:30pm
Imagine Swimming Tribeca

MATA’s A Room of One’s Own series continues with a submersive experience featuring composer and sound artist Nadia Botello. Set in and around a swimming pool, audience members will become a part of the music by swimming, floating, or fully submerging themselves in a pool of sound.

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A Room of One’s Own: Gabrielle Herbst

Friday, December 15th, 2017 | 8:00 pm

Bedford-Stuyvesant (Address to be distributed prior to event) | Brooklyn, NY

New York’s acclaimed “leading showcase for vital new music by emerging composers” (The New Yorker), MATA is excited to announce a new initiative: “A Room of One’s Own,” a series presenting female-identifying composer-performers in nontraditional, immersive concert environments. On December 15, “A Room of One’s Own” debuts with an evening with Brooklyn-based composer-performer Gabrielle Herbst, including excerpts from“Vulnerability,”a new mobile opera experience.

Set in a renovated historic brownstone in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, “Vulnerability” will use its domestic setting to explore themes of anxiety, fear, and struggle in today’s fractured world. Guided by the musicians, listeners will weave their way through the home on a path that combines elements of theatrical lighting and choreography, a traditional salon concert, and intimate glimpses of daily life.

About the work, Herbst writes “How do we love, respect, honor and empathize with each other? How do we take responsibility and listen to each other? Progressing through a dreamlike non-narrative tableaux… [Vulnerability] looks at inward struggles and outward connection.”

The program will last approximately 60 minutes, and include selections from “Vulnerability,” an opera-in-progress, as well as six newly-composed songs.


Performed by

Eliza Bagg, voice

Gabrielle Herbst, voice, keyboards, and electronics

Mara Mayer, bass clarinet

Marilu Donovan, harp


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