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Judy Dunaway: Avant-garde Works for Balloons

Judy Dunaway is a virtuoso on the balloon. An avant-garde composer, free improviser, conceptual sound artist and creator of sound installations, since 1990 she has created over forty works for balloons and has also made this her main instrument for improvisation. More recently she has been developing work that incorporates interactive video and electronics with the balloons.  At Axis Arts Centre she will be presenting both a solo performance and her large-scale audience participation piece “Balloon Symphony No. 2.”

Judy has presented her work at many major venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Academy of Media Arts (Cologne), Geiger Festival (Sweden), Roy and Edna Disney Center (Los Angeles), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (New York), the Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), and Podewil (Berlin). She has performed live improvisations on balloons with many outstanding musicians including Jennifer Walshe, Yasunao Tone, and the FLUX Quartet. CDs of her work have been released on the CRI and Innova labels, among others. She has a Ph.D. in music composition and an M.A. in experimental music. She has been teaching sound courses at Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 2005.

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