Amy Cimini
Amy Cimini

 

Amy Cimini is a violist and historical musicologist based in San Diego, California. In research and performance, Amy is interested in the complex relationship of embodied musical performance to musical meaning and social life. She moves fluidly between improvisation, contemporary classical techniques and rock idioms. Her playing develops a subtle virtuosity comprised of percussive energy, vibrant shifting timbres and nimble, flexible electronic processing. Amy is a founding member of chamber music collective Till by Turning and improvising duo Architeuthis Walks on Land, whose second recording Natura Naturans(Carrier 2010) has been praised by Touching Extremes for its, “manifest improvisational bravura (of the ruthless variety).” Amy’s solo recording (Quiet Design 2008) of Alex Ness’ Shruti, for viola, has been called “daring, sensitive and confident” by Sequenza 21. She has also enjoyed performing with The Fancy, Christy and Emily, Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, as well as Brooklyn-based psychedelic outfit Starring, whose second album was released last summer on Northern Spy imprint. Amy received her Ph.D. from New York University in September 2011. She has published work on music, sound and the mind-body problem in the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza, Gilles Deleuze and Maurice Merleau-Ponty as well as an in-depth study on the impact of juridical debates about diversity on academic music studies in the U.S. from 1978 through the turn of the millennium. From 2011-2013, she held a Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and she is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of California at San Diego.

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