Nov 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Christine Groult and Beatriz Ferreyra

ISSUE Project Room

22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY

Electroacoustic composers Christine Groult and Beatriz Ferreyra will perform their pioneering musical work at ISSUE’s Theater.


Beatriz Ferreyra

Born in 1937 in Cordoba, Argentina, Beatriz Ferreyra became a student of music in her early years, playing piano in Buenos Aires before moving to Paris to pursue a career as a painter. She instead joined the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) “with no qualification except her ears.” Regardless, much of her musical work since has been in academia: She’s worked in research departments, lectured at conservatories and held residencies in electronic music at Dartmouth College. Profoundly affected by the disorienting musical methods of Pierre Schaeffer and the GRM – for some time, Ferreyra was the only female composer working with Schaeffer – and contemporaries such as Bernard Parmeggiani, Edgardo Canton and Bruno Maderna. Her sonic palette has expanded dramatically over the decades, while remaining just as experimental as in the early days of cutting tape. In addition to her work for institutions like GRM in Paris and GMEB in Bourges, Ferreyra has composed original music for dance performances, film soundtracks and exercises that relate to therapy and collective experience. Ferreyra has remained active in the five decades since her initial experiments, including work at the Institute for Electroacoustic Music in Bourges and in the field of music therapy, but official releases of her music have been few and far between. In 2015, her album GRM Works was released via Recollection GRM in collaboration with the Viennese label Editions Mego.

Christine Groult

Christine Groult has studied at the GRM (directed Pierre Schaeffer), at the Experimental Conservatory of Pantin (directed by Michel Decoust), and at the Sorbonne in the department of musicology. From 1976 to 1986, she was an assistant in the department of pedagogy at Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music under the direction of Pierre Boulez. From 1985 to 1990 she was responsible for the electroacoustical studio of the National Music School in Chalon-sur-Saône. In 1989, she passed her CA (Certificat d’Aptitude) in electroacoustical music. Since 1990 she has taught electroacoustic composition at the National Music School of Pantin. In 2002, she founded the association “Music in situ,” the mission of which is the proposition of “scenographies.” Her works include La condition captive (2003); Canal instantané (2004) composed with Marco Marini; Si je les écoutais… (2007), premiered at Radio France during Multiphonies Festival; Nahash et Duo (2011-2014) composed with Beatriz Ferreyra, commission of Ina-Grm, premiered at Gaîté lyrique (2011), at Dynamo (2013) and at 104 in Paris (2014); À la pointe de l’instant (2016), commissioned by the festival Turbulences sonores of Montpellier.

ISSUE Project Room

ISSUE plays a vital role in NYC’s cultural ecology, facilitating the commission and premiere of new works and presenting a diverse array of artists working across the disciplines of sound, dance, film, performance and literature. Programming places an emphasis on bringing recognition to creative practitioners whose important contributions to the artistic field are underrepresented, often as a result of the artists’ gender, sexuality, or geographic location. Through the cultivation of innovative new work, ISSUE performs an essential research and development function that fosters a dynamic influx of ideas into the local, national, and international creative landscape