Vivienne Corringham

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Viv Corringham is a multifaceted performance artist and creative improvising vocalist, incorporating sounds of nature, technology, and existential art. Born in 1951 in Scunthorpe, Lincs, England, she…
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Viv Corringham is a multifaceted performance artist and creative improvising vocalist, incorporating sounds of nature, technology, and existential art. Born in 1951 in Scunthorpe, Lincs, England, she initially studied at Christ's Hospital High School for Girls in Lincoln, U.K., and moved on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in theater design at Nottingham Trent University in 1974, and earned a master's with distinction in sonic art at Middlesex University in London in 2002. She has performed in England, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia, presenting not only vocal performances but also establishing audio installations and what she terms "sound (or shadow) walks." The theory behind such walks is that not only do we remember certain nuances and events surrounding everyday occurrences, but also in a way the walk remembers us, and resonates with every passing happenstance. Corringham records these walks with audio equipment, incorporating conversation, natural sounds, and traffic noises, turning them into improvisational discourse. She studied with Pauline Oliveros, attaining a Deep Listening teaching certificate in Switzerland in 2003. Major performances or residencies include the Sirius Art Center and Art Trail in Ireland; the International Society for Improvised Music conference at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, in 2007; and Cal State University's Women in New Music Festival. Musicians she has enjoyed include Oliveros, Sotiria Bellou, Giacinto Scelsi, Nico, Belkis Akkale, Steve Reich, Hildegard Westerkamp, Arvo Pärt, Trevor Wishart, and Janet Cardiff. The many musicians she has worked with include Gino Robair, Milo Fine, Pat Thomas, Eddie Prevost, Maggie Nicols, Lol Coxhill, and Peter Cusak. Corringham received a McKnight Composition Fellowship in 2006. As of the late 2000s, Corringham resided in Minnesota, appearing on Minnesota Public Radio and performing at a variety of events such as the 2009 Spark Festival of Electronic Music in Minneapolis.