Elizabeth Brown

Electronic Music Foundation

Elizabeth Brown
Lothar Osterburg

A Bookmobile
    for Dreamers

   A Meet The Composer Commission

    Sunday, April 29, 8pm
    Greenwich House Music School
    46 Barrow Street
    New York

    $10 suggested donation at the door
    Reservations, questions ... events[at]emf.org


Elizabeth Brown performing with the theremin


Composer Elizabeth Brown and video artist Lothar Osterburg present a 45-minute multimedia chamber opera for theremin, electronic sound and video.

Inspired by the joy of browsing, A Bookmobile for Dreamers celebrates the imagination as inspired by the printed word. Osterburg’s video projection creates a prop-free stage set that easily moves from the tangible to the imaginary, and composer and thereminist Brown interacts with the virtual world of the video projection.

To portray in sound the intangible quality of becoming lost in a book, Brown transformed field recordings of everyday sounds to create an electronic soundscape over which the theremin sings, representing the imagination in all its unpredictability—its leaps and associations and meanderings.

Osterburg's video features a dreamlike model world in which a bookmobile makes its rounds, bringing an odd collection of books to the viewers' attention. The video enters a series of both handmade and existing books to reveal surprises and delights. Using real time video, stop motion animation and some special effects, the books are "read" by the video narrative. Osterburg uses his skills as sculptor, photographer, printmaker and filmmaker to create this imaginary world, interpreting quotes and getting visually sidetracked by the texts.

See this video trailer


Elizabeth Brown
Composer / performer Elizabeth Brown has been heard in Japan, the Soviet Union, Colombia, Australia and Vietnam as well as across the US and Europe. She has received grants, awards and commissions from Orpheus, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Newband, the Asian Cultural Council, the Japan/US Friendship Commission, Meet the Composer, the Fromm Foundation, Cary Trust, and NYFA.

Lothar Osterburg
With recent solo shows in New York and Berlin, Lothar Osterburg's work has been shown in Basel, Tokyo, and throughout the US and Germany. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, he teaches at Bard College and Cooper Union. He has been visiting artist at Cleveland Institute of Art, Columbia University, Lacoste School for the Arts in Provence, Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center in Maui, and Liguria Center in Italy.

This event is supported by Commissioning Music / USA, a program of Meet The Composer.

This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Additional support has been provided by Amphion Foundation, New Spectrum Foundation, and the generosity of many individuals.