Copright 2019 Maria Kanevskaya
"The Furies is a dynamo, fearless duo.
Their creative, quirky and kick-ass performances paired with their thoughtful curation make them a true force to be reckoned with.
Unafraid to think outside the box, their concerts are inspiring, thought-provoking and energizing."
Lisa Kaplan, Eighth Blackbird
The Furies is a contemporary violin duo whose mission is to bring intersectional feminism into the concert hall through immersive performance experiences that challenge their audience and community, for them to learn more about the histories of women in a white male dominated canon, and to encourage audience members to demand more diverse programming from their musical institutions.
Since their premiere in winter of 2018, the artist-run duo (Maiani da Silva and Kate Outterbridge, both Creative Lab alumnae) has performed at several distinctive festivals and series across the U.S., most notably as featured artists of The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. At the Detroit Institute of Arts, they performed alongside Eighth Blackbird, ~Nois, and Juxtatonal. The Furies also pursues unconventional performance spaces like art galleries and cafés, as well as community spaces and not-for-profit organizations that support and invite new audiences; examples of such venues include ArtShare and Urban First Aid in Los Angeles, and Third Place Concert Series in Ann Arbor. The duo has also performed in the Hot Air Festival (San Francisco), Equal Sound (Los Angeles), Light Box (Detroit), and Oh My Ears (Phoenix, 2018-19). Future performances include Tuesdays at Monkspace and Equal Sound with ~Nois in Los Angeles, and Spectrum with Parhelion Trio in Brooklyn.
The Furies’ individual and collective eclectic musical identities, incorporated with elements of theatre and performance art, has led them to develop their uniquely interdisciplinary approach to performance and programming. Not ones to shy away from the comfort of their primary instruments, The Furies performs and arranges works which include improvisation, singing/speaking/acting, percussion, movement, and live-processing electronics, among others. Their repertoire ranges from artists with academic backgrounds like Olga Neuwirth, Anna Clyne, Vannessa Lann, Nina Shekhar, and Gemma Peacocke, to works by more unconventional and alternative artists such as Eve Beglarian, Elizabeth A. Baker, Bjork, Jennifer Walshe and avant-garde bossa nova/electro-acoustic Brazilian legend Jocy de Oliveira.
The Furies’ innovative programming focuses around a central theme of societal importance, around which a new work is commissioned; in turn, the duo then uses that work as the namesake and centerpiece of the program, to both highlight the composer and elevate the subject. In their debut hour-long performance piece, A Cure For Hysteria, The Furies explores the gendered term “hysteria” with multiple works curated around a new piece of the same name by Elizabeth A. Baker written for the duo. Since the premiere of ACFH at ArtShare L.A., the show has also been performed in four of the above festivals and series, and will further be featured in forthcoming performances in Chicago, Australia, and Brazil. The Furies will use a very similar template for their next project, which highlights the shame, isolation, and discrimination around menstruation, something that more than half of the world’s population quietly experiences.
Both Maiani and Kate are dedicated teachers and mentors and this is reflected in their work as The Furies. The duo is committed to inspiring youth to become creative and forward-thinking leaders. They presented their first workshop to Little Opera in San Francisco alongside Little Opera’s music director Danny Clay in 2018, which has further inspired ongoing development of educational programming for communities and organizations that help young womxn succeed in our culture.
2019/2020 Season is jam packed with awesome collaborations in cities across the U.S.! Stay tuned for an official season announcement!