At MFA Boston, Brooklyn-based composer and cellist Clarice Jensen plays music from her gorgeous sophomore release "The experience of repetition as death" (130701/FatCat), alongside video art by Testu Collective (Dan Tesene and Serena Stucke).
Jensen's music has been described by Boomkat as "languorously void-touching ideas, scaling and sustaining a sublime tension," and by Bandcamp as, "a kaleidoscope of pulsing movement rich in acoustic beating and charged with other psychoacoustic effects, constantly shifting in density and viscous timbre."
"The experience of repetition as death" is a warm, deep and cyclical album that explores notions of repetition in both its conceptual underpinning and musical structure. Unlike the easily readable step builds and grid-locked looping of so many artists using the looper as a compositional tool, Jensen's loops slide across one another in organically morphing structures; align and intersect at different moments, yielding a kind of aleatoric yet minimal counterpoint, with joins overlaid in ways that appear seamless and sophisticated.
A versatile collaborator, Clarice Jensen has recorded and performed with a host of stellar artists including Johann Johannsson, Max Richter, Bjork, Nico Muhly, Arcade Fire, Jonsi, Tyondai Braxton, Dirty Projectors, Blonde Redhead, Beirut, and Nick Cave. She has recently scored two feature films - Takeshi Fukunaga's Ainu Mosir which premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, and Fernanda Valadez's Sin Señas Particulares (Identifying Features), an award winner at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She is the founding artistic director of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble.