Composer, improviser, vocalist, and 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. Her pieces have been commissioned, performed, and exhibited throughout the United States and Canada.
Amanda is a Lecturer in Music Composition/Theory, and Director of Contemporary Music and Experimental Improvisation at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Composition Mentor with Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and Present Music. She was recently a Visiting Artist at Rochester Institute of Technologys Fine Arts Printmaking Department (NY); a Performance Artist at Artist Proof Gallery (Calgary, Canada); and a Guest Artist with Wild Space Dance Company (WI). In August she will be an International Artist in Residence with Salem2Salem in Germany. From September - December 2014 she will be researching language with Center for 21st Century Studies, as a Transdisciplinary Challenge Fellow. Amanda holds a MA in Composition from Mills College, where worked with Joëlle Léandre, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, and Fred Frith.New Releases Early Works
has been released by Amanda Schoofs and noise artist Peter J. Woods on FTAM, c41 or DL.
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 for digital download. ListenRecent Press
"Wherever you are, be sure to follow the ethereal singing of Amanda Schoofs, crystalline tones that cut through the spaces white noise, but also occasionally drop into a gut-bucket, field-holler growl." Paul Kosidowski (Milwaukee Magazine)
"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)