Lea Bertucci

Feminale of Music

A photo of the musician Lea Bertucci playing the saxophone.

Lea Bertucci (*1984) is a composer, performer and sound designer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance.

In addition to her performance practice with woodwind instruments, her work incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental technique and tape collage. In recent years, her projects have expanded toward site-responsive and site-specific sonic investigations of architecture. Deeply experimental, her work is unafraid to subvert musical expectation. She describes her way of composing as the invented genre of four-dimensional composition. However, this description of Bertucci's holistic approach to playing and composing is to the point, as her approach does not only involve space and time, i.e. it does not only stimulate reflection on the sequence of musical events, but also on how the sounds correspond and behave with the respective characteristics of the spaces or how the position of the audience influences what is being heard.

Her discography includes a number of solo and collaborative releases on independent labels and in 2018, she released the critically acclaimed Metal Aether on NNA tapes. Lea is co-editor of the multi-volume artists book »The Tonebook«, a survey of graphic scores by contemporary composers, published on Inpatient Press. 

As a solo artist, she has performed extensively across the US and Europe with presenters such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, Blank Forms, Gagosian Gallery New York, Pioneer Works, The Kitchen, The Walker Museum, ISSUE Project Room,  Museo Reina Sofia, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Sound of Stockholm Festival, and Unsound Festival, Krakow. She is a 2016 MacDowell Fellow in composition. In 2018, she received commissions from The American Composers’ Forum and the Levy Gorvy Gallery in New York. Her new album Acoustic Shadows was recently released on April 15, 2020 on SA Recordings.

Musik pieces

Lea Bertucci: Acoustic Shadows – Brass (excerpt) (2020)

Lea Bertucci: Patterns for Alto (2017) 

Lea Bertucci: The Cepheid Variations (2016)


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