the stone carving oraclestra

2008 – Present
The Stone Carving Oraclestra performs “Experimental Archeology”, improvising vocally with proto-linguistic utterances, and spoken and sung phonemes. Using stones to channel intent and vocalizations, the Oraclestra offers intuitive “readings” to the audience. The performances are an imagined reinactment of a moment in time when sound was an early tool, just like stone for both attainment of knowledge and for acting upon the world. This piece also explores the dynamic of group improvisation in which meaning is created horizontally, through group cohesion. By positioning the sound as a “reading” the performers and audience are placed in a particular dynamic that alters both conventional roles of “performer” and “listener”.
 

List of performances:

D’Amelio Terras Gallery, NYC, 2008, as part of West Nile Style, curated by MV Carbon. Performers: Shana Palmer, Kate Porter, Miranda Bushey, Serena Williams and Jenny Gräf Sheppard

High Zero Festival for Improvised Music, Theater Project, Baltimore, Maryland, 2008.  Performers: Shana Palmer, Kate Porter, Miranda Bushey, Serena Williams and Jenny Gräf Sheppard. With musicians Liz Albee, Susan Alcorn, Chris Corsano, MV Carbon and Bill Nace.

STAMP Gallery, The University of Maryland, 2009, as part of The Unfolded Crystal: Seduction of the Hyperreal, curated by Melissa Moore. Performers: Shana Palmer, Kate Porter, Miranda Bushey, Serena Williams and Jenny Gräf Sheppard.

DCenter, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013, as part of Baltimore from Many Perspectives, curated by Sarah McCann. Performers: Shana Palmer, Kate Porter, Jaqueline Milad, Freda Mohr, Anne Russ, Clarissa Gregory, Teresa Columbus and Jenny Gräf Sheppard.

VEGA, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019, for year long VEGA ARTS performance series, curated by Matthias Borello. Performers: Freja Kreutzfeldt, Kirstine Lindemann, Maria Brænder, Thilde Fjord Madsen and Jenny Gräf Sheppard.

Edited Video Documentation