Amanda Schoofs                                             Composer : Experimental Vocalist : Artist
Composer, improviser, vocalist, and visual artist Amanda Schoofs creates visceral works that emphasize timbre and intimacy while exposing the raw, vulnerable, and violent nature of the human spirit. Her work extends from the experimental music tradition and exists in the space between diverse artistic practices: music composition, vocal performance, painting and printmaking, poetry, performance art, and authentic movement/dance.

Amanda is a Lecturer in Music Composition/Theory, and Director of Contemporary Music and Experimental Improvisation at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts. She is a Composition Mentor with Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and Present Music's Creation Project. She was recently a Visiting Artist at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Fine Arts Printmaking Department (NY); a Guest Lecturer and Performance Artist at Artist Proof Gallery (Calgary, Canada); and a Guest Artist with Wild Space Dance Company (WI).

Skøefst has newly released Cadmium Dust! Now available for streaming, download, and in a CD edition with unique, hand-painted, hand-sewn packaging produced by the band. Listen

Minor Vices releases Misdemeanors, a 26 mvt. improv structure composed by Christopher Burns. Available at Universal Reptile for digital download. Listen

"Wherever you are, be sure to follow the ethereal singing of Amanda Schoofs, crystalline tones that cut through the space’s white noise, but also occasionally drop into a gut-bucket, field-holler growl." Paul Kosidowski (Milwaukee Magazine)

"Acedia passed its ten minutes as a transporting, enigmatic reverie." Tom Strini (Third Coast Digest)

"Even more amazing was the long improvisation by Laura Murphy and Amanda Schoofs . . . They made an exquisite team. The singing was alternately melodic, percussive, operatic and ethereal; the movements were full-bodied, sultry and playful with intricate, intimate partnering. The result was unlike any dance I've ever seen." John Schneider (Shepherd Express Milwaukee)