Laetitia Sonami
Photo © Kay-Uwe Rosseburg
Laetitia Sonami
Photo © Andre Hoekzema

Laetitia Sonami was born in France in 1957 and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in electronic music. She synthesizes advanced technology, original music, and narrative into an intimate, spontaneous art form all her own. She is best known for her unique instrument, the elbow-length "lady's glove" that she plays live onstage, which is fitted with pressure and motion sensors to control electronic sounds. In the last several years, her performances have earned her substantial international renown; in 1997 alone she has performed at the Berlin-Musikerinnen Festival, the Lincoln Center Outdoor Performance Series, New York's Kitchen and Bang on a Can Festival, Le Garage in Paris, as well as in Amsterdam, Zurich, and Quebec. In 1996, she was featured in the American Embassy's Interlink Festival in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, and Sapporo, as well as in performances in Berlin, Barcelona, Vancouver, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Sonami was a featured performer at the Opening Night concert at San Francisco's Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens in 1993. In January of 1997, the New York Times described Sonami as "a human antenna searching the air for sounds, like a dancer focused on her hands, or like a deity summoning earth-shaking rumbles with a brusque gesture."

Music excerpt:


Mona Lisa

by Laetitia Sonami, Donald Swearingen, Pamela Z and
Visual Brains
Recorded at Other Minds 4, November 10, 1997
Performed by Laetitia Sonami, Donald Swearingen, Pamela Z and
Visual Brains
United States Concert Première

 

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