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Melissa Grey & David Morneau

Flower Cat (FC007)
November 21, 2020
UPC 195269080266

(1) Aura 3’0
(2) Corona 3’0
(3) Kirlian 4’0
(4) [again] 2’0
(5) Shekinah 4’0

Symbolic Gesture is electro-baroque refracted through the elemental eurhythmy of foundational beat patterns, with benjolin synthesizer, trombone, violins, chiptune, voices, and hyperlocal field recordings.

Symbolic Gesture is a sonic response to Dan Rose’s False Heads, Masks, and Robots (an exhibition produced by Melissa Grey & David Morneau at The Arches, a home designed by the architect William Lightfoot Price, October 2—November 16, 2020).

composition, sound design, programming, instruments
Melissa Grey & David Morneau

words, voice
Dan Rose

violins on Kirlian
Miolina (Mioi Takeda & Lynn Bechtold)

mixed and mastered
Melissa Grey & David Morneau at The Arches

Melissa Grey (photographed by Yuri Pires Tavares)
Melissa Grey (photographed by Yuri Pires Tavares)

Melissa Grey & David Morneau launched their collaboration in 2016. They create sound in performance, crafting moments of sonic ecstasy before exploding them into a trillion sparkling shards of shimmering sounds that swirl in a paradox of energized stasis. Together they are developing an inscrutable and immersive creative process, which includes ancient and algorithmic sound practices. They embrace uncertainty, using structured improvisations, constrained processes, and found poetry to compose for an unknown future. They design projects that expand in endless variation to collaborate with musicians, video artists, designers, and creative technologists with Greyʼs benjolin synthesizer and Morneauʼs trombone at the center.

David Morneau (photographed by Yuri Pires Tavares)
David Morneau (photographed by Yuri Pires Tavares)


Dan Rose, an anthropologist, artist, and author has written books and articles, exhibited art, and collaborated with designers, musicians, and photographers. His 2018 book, Drawings, received a Judge’s Choice award from AIGA Philadelphia’s Design Awards.


Violin duo Miolina, a member of NewMusicUSA’s Impact Cohort, has been called “talented and dedicated” by Arts Birmingham, and described as displaying “aggressive and virtuosic prowess” with “brilliance of sound, technical mastery, and stunning expressivity” by I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Keen on creating and shaping the violin duo repertoire of the 21st century, Miolina has premiered 50+ violin duos to date. They’ve performed successful shows in NYC, Chicago, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Malmö, San Francisco, Washington DC, Paris, and Tokyo. Miolina participates regularly in numerous festivals, residencies, and series, and leads workshops with students at various universities.