Kitty Brazelton

photo by Adriano Fagundes

Kitty Brazelton is a composer and improviser, rock-mezzo, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, leader of the electro-acoustic nonet Dadadah (Rise Up!, Accurate, 1994; Love Not Love Lust Not Lust, BUZZ-Records, Amsterdam, 1999), founder of the 21st-century medieval quartet Hildegurls as well as digital-punk trio What Is It Like To Be A Bat?, producer-curator of the Women's Avant Fest, Composer-In-Residence at The Earth School and at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts, and a member of the College Music Society's Committee for Music, Women & Gender and NARAS's '99 Grammys-In-The-Schools panel.

Her '94 DMA is from Columbia where she's a composer-at-large at the Computer Music Center and teaches music history. Since leading the progressive rock quintet Musica Orbis in the '70s, Kitty has drawn on everything from plainchant to funk, whether writing for pop singers Terence Trent D'Arby, Joan Jett and Madonna; librettists Heather McCutchen, Denise Lanctot and Billy Aronson (Kitty and Billy are working on "Fireworks," a 4th-of-July family opera commissioned by American Opera Projects); choreographers Beth Leonard, Eduardo Zeiger and Philadelphia's Group Motion, or ensembles including the California EAR Unit, Relâche, Absolute Ensemble Orchestra, Double Edge, Manhattan Brass Quintet and twisted tutu.

She's performed at Lincoln Center Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Public Theater, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Music America Festival, USArts-Berlin, the Knitting Factory's New York Jazz festivals, and frequently at NYC's venerable punk rock club CBGB's.

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