Experimental vocalist Amanda Schoofs specializes in extended vocal technique and improvisation, fusing her contemporary vocal palette with vintage styles of chant, opera, chanson, blues, and punk. Always pushing the limits, Amanda exposes extremes in timbre, texture, and breath; interwoven with ethereal melodies, intimate phonemes, and percussive, nonsensical text.
Amanda frequently realizes indeterminate works by contemporary composers, and performs many classic graphic and text scores. Recent performances include Loose Pages
with Alison Knowles at the Milwaukee Art Museum; John Cages Songbooks (Aria A and B)
and Aria w/Fontana Mix
; Debra Loewen's Layers
; and works by Christopher Burns in Minor Vices.Recent DiscographyEarly Works
, Amanda Schoofs and Peter J. Woods, FTAM, 2014. c41/DLCadmium Dust
, Skøefst, Universal Reptile, 2013. CD/DLMisdemeanors
, Minor Vices, composition by Christopher Burns, Universal Reptile, 2013. DLRecent ProjectsSkøefst
is the improvising trio of Amanda Schoofs (voice and electronics), Trevor Saint (glockenspiel), and Christopher Burns (electric guitar). We explore raw, noisy, and gritty sounds, placed in both slow-burning, spacious architectures and in furious outpourings of jagged energy. Listen WebsiteMinor Vices
an improvisatory ensemble presenting the work of Christopher Burns. Featuring: C. Burns (guitar), David Collins (saxophone) Adam Murphy (clarinets), Trevor Saint (glockenspiel), Kevin Schlei (tabla/electronics), Amanda Schoofs (voice) and Seth Warren-Crow (drum kit/electronics). Listen WebsiteGreat Lakes Improvising Orchestra
Thirteen Wisconsin-based composers and improvisers, organized and conducted by Hal Rammel, exploring collective large ensemble improvisation.Interdisciplinary Projects
Layers (2012-13) Debra Loewen's improvisation structure for vocalist and dancer, created as part of her show Luscious. I performed Layers as a guest vocalist with Wild Space Dance Company.
My Lipstick is the Color of Your Heart (2012) a duet for movement and vocal artists created in collaboration with Laura Murphy
Studies in Space (2012) a short film by Tate Bunker, I perform vocally in the film and co-composed and performed the film score in collaboration with Seth Warren-Crow
Fragments for the Space Between (2011) for solo voice, stereo fixed media, and metal can resonaters; I composed and performed the work as a guest artist with Debra Loewen's Wild Space Dance Company.