Rachel Devorah is a Boston-based sonic artist and feminist technologist whose works engage the poetics and politics of their specific context.
Her work has been heard in the U.S. at Art in Odd Places, The William Benton Museum of Art, the California Electronic Music Exchange, the Computer Music Center at Columbia University, Detroit Contemporary, the Granoff Center at Brown University, the International Horn Symposium, the International Society for Improvised Music Festival/Conference, the International SuperCollider Symposium, Music for People and Thingamajigs, the National Opera Center, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Omaha Under the Radar, Pioneer Works, The Stone, the Virginia Film Festival, and the Watermill Center, as well as abroad in Canada, China, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Ghana, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway.
She has published writings on art and social power in Emergency Index, Feminist Media Histories, and parallax, and she was plenary speaker at Feminist Theory and Music 2017.
Her 2017 installation Revontulet at Sound and Music Computing won the Ruth Anderson Installation Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music, and she has received support from MassMoCA, the New Museum, New Music USA, EMS (stockholm), GRM (paris), MoKS [Estonia], røst [Norway] and STEIM (amsterdam).
She earned her PhD in music composition and computer technologies from the University of Virginia where she was a Jefferson Fellow, her MA in composition from Mills College, her MLIS in digital media from San José State University, and her BMus. in horn performance from the City University of New York (Queens College). Her mentors have included Laurie Anderson, Elizabeth Barnes, Matthew Burtner, Ted Coffey, Donna Doyle, Cathy Van Eck, James Fei, Rita Felski, Fred Frith, Evelyne Gayou, Susan Hellauer, Brenda Hutchinson, David Jolley, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Maggi Payne, Fred Maus, Myra Melford, Jeff Nichols, Thomas Schuttenhelm, and Julia Wolfe.
She is currently informationist at the Berklee College of Music and will be the 2018-2019 Adrian Piper Foundation Berlin Fellow.
photo by Danielle Judith Zola Carr
contact at racheldevorahstudio at gmail dot com