When : April 25th, 2014
Where: 1515 St. Catherine West EV 7.725
Starts: 6 pm


Latex balloons have been Judy Dunawayʼs primary musical instrument and her primary compositional focus for over twenty years. At Topological Media Lab, she will give a lecture/demonstration about the amazing ways that balloons function as sound makers, as well as providing some history of the balloon in experimental music. This will be followed by an audience performance of her “Balloon Symphony No. 2.” (All balloons and materials will be provided for free.)

Judy Dunaway

Judy Dunaway has centered much of her creative practice around the latex balloon as a musical instrument. She has created numerous compositions for balloons as well as making this her primary instrument for improvisation. She has toured performing on her balloon instruments throughout the U.S. and Europe at many important venues, festivals, museums and galleries including the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany), Alternative Museum (NYC), Bang on a Can Festival (NYC), Everson Art Museum (Syracuse), Frau Musica Nova Festival (Germany), the Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), Performance Space 122 (NYC), Podewil (Berlin), Roulette (NYC), the CEAIT Festival (Los Angeles), Seltsame Musik Festival (Austria), the SoHo Arts Festival (NYC) and STEIM (Netherlands). Her discography includes CDs on the CRI and Innova labels. Her awards/grants/residencies include the New York State Music Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant, the American Composers Forum’s Composers Commissioning Fund, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Harvestworks, the National Endowment for the Arts performance fund and several Meet the Composer composer-participation grants. She has a Ph.D. in music composition from Stony Brook University, and an M.A. with emphasis in experimental music composition from Wesleyan University (where she studied with Alvin Lucier). She has been a Visiting Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 2005.