Liederkreis (Judith Berkson)
Judith Berkson, under the moniker Liederkreis, works with voice, along with analog and digital keyboards to create pieces that cross boundaries of classical, cantorial and experimental music. Her most recent work uses microtonal vocal pitches set against acoustic piano to produce sonorities not intended by the equal-tempered piano tuning. She is interested in the body and its responses to pitch as well as the use of technologies in non-conventional methods to put autodidacticism in conversation with traditional modalities of music.
Judith has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, City Opera, Laurie Anderson and as has premiered vocal works by Chaya Czernowin, Enno Poppe, Joe Maneri, Rick Burkhardt, Gerard Pape, Julia Werntz and Aleksandra Vrebalov. She has collaborated on Yiddish folk music with Theodore Bikel and has presented solo works at the Picasso Museum Malaga, Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. Her solo album Oylam is on ECM Records. Her chamber opera The Vienna Rite was about the collaboration between Vienna's chief cantor and Franz Schubert. She has worked extensively with choreographer Netta Yerushalmy as well as new music groups Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire and the Boston Microtonal Society. She received funding grants from the Jerome Foundation, Six Points Fellowship, Meet the Composer and New Music USA.