© Kaia Means

© Kaia Means


bio   •   artist statement   •   list of works   •   performance repertoire   •   CV



1993 Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice, Manhattan School of Music

1987 Master of Music, Voice, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

1984 Bachelor of Music, Composition, University of Washington

1984 Bachelor of Music, Voice, University of Washington


Awards, Residencies, Grants

2012 Komponistenes Vederlagsfond, research grant (fordypningsstipend)

2011 Komponistenes Vederlagsfond, work stipend (arbeidsstipend)

2008-09 Norwegian Artist Stipend (Statens kunstnerstipend)

2007 International Interdisciplinary Residency in Art and Ecology, Guapamacataro, Mexico

2006 Jerome Composers Commissioning Program, American Composers Forum

2005 Henry Cowell Award, American Music Center and Henry Cowell Estate

2004-05 Norwegian Artist Stipend (Statens kunstnerstipend)

2002 Harvestworks Digital Arts Studio artist residency (AIR), New York

2002 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute artist residency (Create@iEAR), Troy, NY



2012 Aural Histories (post-ambient arias for voice and electronics) – solo CD – Deep Listening DL 45-2012. (chosen by The New Yorker as one of “Ten Notable Classical-Music Recordings of 2012”)

2009 “Skolelyder (ja, ja, hey)” on Listening for Music through Community – LMJ19 CD companion

2007 “Amorous Anagrams” on To Have and to Hold – Sequitur, Koch Records KIC-CD- 7593

2005 Holding Patterns – ZANANA, electro-acoustic duo with Monique Buzzarté – Deep Listening DL-CD-30

2003 Dreaming Wide Awake – The New Circle Five with Pauline Oliveros – Deep Listening DL-CD-20

1994 “Passenger of Infinity” SATB choral work commissioned by the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of San Francisco recorded on their debut CD Together in Harmony

Music for Film

2011 GEORGY– original score for independent dance film by Christina Briggs Winslow and Francesco Martinelli

2011 Papoose – original score for independent dance film by Jill Sigman

2010 m/y much desired one –music DVD, created with video artist Katherine Liberovskaya, Everglade Records

2005 GOD IN THE MACHINE – music featured in the full-length film by Kathleen Harty, Anthology Film Archives

2000 MONARKEN– original score for short animation by Sidsel Pape, Animerte Dager i Fredrikstad

1999 SUB– original score for short dance film by Kjersti Martinsen, ULTIMA festival, “Dans for Kamera”



2004 I Sing the Body Electric – Den Anden Opera, Copenhagen, Denmark. Chamber Opera for three singers, electronics, wireless midiglove and small instruments. Texts by Whitman, Bradbury, and ensemble. Commissioned by Den Anden Opera. Music composed and performed by Kristin Norderval, Line Tjørnhøj and Carl Unander-Scharin. March 23-27, 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999 Warum kuessen die Menschen? – EAR WE ARE festival, Biel, Switzerland, Multi-media concert opera for two voices, electronics and live video. Developed and co-composed by Hanna Hänni and Kristin Norderval. Video: Suzanne Castelberg. Commissioned by the EAR WE ARE festival, premiere Feb 25, 1999



2013 piano, piano, pianissimo… – Kunstnernes Hus, Ultima Festival, co-produced with Notam. Multi-channel work for 8 discarded pianos, electronics and live performer, 7-11 Sep, 2013

2011 HUT #6:MiniBo – Norwegian Opera House foyé, CODA Oslo International Dance Festival 2011. Durational installation/performance, collaboration with choreographer/philosopher Jill Sigman, and percussionist Amund Sjølie Sveen. Sound and video installation and five-hour daily performances. Oct 15-22, 2011

2008 Welcome to Paradise: A Requiem – Kanonhallen, Oslo, Norway. Interdisciplinaryperformance-installation about meaning and machination in a post 9/11 world. Kristin Norderval, concept initiator, producer, composer, performer. Co-composed with Christoph Theiller, electronics, and Amund Sveen, percussion. Renate Pittroff, director, Æsa Björk Thorsteinsdottir, visual design. With performers Catherine Solaas, Jill Sigman, Janne Wettre, and Bjørnholt drama students. Sep 11-13, 2008

2001 TAXI! A musical roundabout- Museet for Samtidskunst (Museum for Contemporary Art) Oslo, Norway. Three female taxi drivers’ stories in an interactive multimedia performance. Concept & music by Kristin Norderval, in collaboration with Hege Rimestad, violin, Margit Schoberleitner, percussion, and video artists: Anna Widén, Kjersti Martinsen, Kaia Means, Dec 20-22, 2001

1999 Lydavtrykk: Urban Sound and Sites – Gallery G9 and Blå, Oslo, Norway, sound installation of site specific improvisations from Akerselva, G9 gallery. Kristin Norderval, voice, with Hege Rimestad, violin, Margit Schoberleitner, percussion, opening concert at Blå jazz club, Oslo, August 23, 1999


Chamber Works

2012 Three Character Studies – for 2 sopranos, tenor, electronic sound, & chamber ensemble (7 players), Commissioned by Ensemble Pi, premiered Nov 9, 2012, The Cell Theater, New York City

2011 Echo Systems – for soprano, bass flute, and live electronics, Commissioned by Ensemble Pi, premiered March 13, 2011, Cooper Union, New York City

2010 A Remarkable Failure – chamber work for recorded narrators, soprano, trombone and digital audio. Commissioned by Ensemble Pi, premiered March 13, 2010, Cooper Union, New York City

2009 Elegy: for Gaza – 10 minute chamber work for soprano, violin, trombone, accordion and sampler. Commissioned by Ensemble Pi, Premiered March 7, 2009, Cooper Union, New York City

2008 Nothing Proved Can Be – 25 minute song cycle for viola da gamba quartet, soprano and laptop. Commissioned by Parthenia viol consort, Premiered Nov. 14, 2008, Corpus Christie Church, New York City

2008 Now! … and then? – telematic work for ensembles in three different locations. Commissioned by The Deep Listening Institute for the Telematic Circle. Premiered April 27, 2008 by the iEAR Studios ensemble, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; CCRMA, Stanford University; and VistaMuse, CIRCA, University of California, San Diego

2005 Anthem – voice and laptop, commissioned by Variations on a Theme: New York Celebrates Norway’s Centennial for a performance in the presence of Their Majesties, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

2000 Tonspion – City portrait in sound, for voice, violin, cello and electronics. Commissioned by the Pendel Festival, Borlange, Sweden. Composed and performed by Kristin Norderval, voice, electronics; Hege Rimestad, violin; and Helene Waage, cello

1999 Amorous Anagrams – for 2 sopranos, bass clarinet, and Contrabass, text by Unica Zürn, commissioned and performed by the Sequitur Ensemble, premiered at The Knitting Factory, New York City

1996 Inner Vision – chamber work for soprano, narrator, and woodwind trio. Commissioned by the Donne In Musica Festival, Fiuggi, Italy

1984 Passenger of Infinity – SATB choral work with piano accompaniment, texts by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned and recorded by the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of San Francisco


Music for Dance

2013 last days / first field – The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY. Commissioned by jillsigman/thinkdance, choreography by Jill Sigman, Score for voice and laptop composed and performed by Kristin Norderval, May 7-9, 2013

2010 Fowl Play – State Theater, State College, Pennsylvania. Commissioned by Pennsylvania Dance Theater, choreography by Jill Sigman. Electronic sound score by Kristin Norderval, July 8-10, 2010

2007 Rupture – St. Mark’s in the Bowery, New York City Commissioned by Danspace Project & jillsigman/thinkdance, choreography by Jill Sigman, Electronic score for voice and laptop composed and performed by Kristin Norderval, Feb 8-11, 2007

2006 RED – St. Mark’s in the Bowery, New York City. Commissioned by Danspace Project, choreography by Carrie Ahern. Original score for voice, laptop and hemispherical speakers, composed and performed by Kristin Norderval. February 23-26, 2006

2004 Pulling the Wool: An American Landscape of Truth and Deception Commissioned by Dixon Place for the Mondo Cane Festival, Concept, performance, installation: Jill Sigman. Three hour dance installation for large ensemble and interactive audience. Original score, sound design and live performance by Kristin Norderval, June 4-13 2004, New York City

2000 Proud To Be Here – Odeon Theater, Bucharest and Pietra Neamt Theater Festival, Pietra Neamt, Romania. Commissioned by BucharEst-I-Vest International Dance Festival, choreography by Katharina Vogel. Original electronic score composed and performed by Kristin Norderval, May 2000 and May 11-27 2001


2009 Our Lady of Detritus – A mobile collaborative interdisciplinary performance and installation on trash and transformation. Performed in multiple outdoor sites in New York City, August-October 2009. Jill Sigman, choreographer/performer, Kristin Norderval: composer/vocalist & sound designer of the recycled sound sculptures and the “off the grid” mobile audio system mounted in a cargo tricycle and powered by solar cells, a 12V hand-crank and rechargeable batteries.

2008 Sub/veillance – Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN, Electric Eyes: New Music and Media Festiva. A trombone, a soprano, a video artist, three laptops, and tools for surveillance… Created with Katherine Liberovskaya, video and Monique Buzzarté, trombone. Commissioned by the Electric Eyes: New Music and Media Festival. June 6 & 7, 2008


International Conference Presentations

2013 Deep Listening Art/Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA

2011 International Conference of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) University of Oslo, Norway

2010 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Stonybrook University, New York

2007 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), New York University

2007 Improvisation Continuums: theorizing improvisation across disciplines, Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan South Wales UK

2006 ‘Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality and Performance’, International ASCA conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2005 Norsk Stemmepedagogisk Forum, Årskongress og seminar

2004 Teknika Radika – Powering Up / Powering Down: A Festival & Conference of Art in Technological Times University of California San Diego

2003 Feminist Theory Music Conference VII, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

2001 IUP Festival of Women Composers, Indiana University Pennsylvania

2000 Women and Music Technology conference, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Georgia

1997 Feminist Theory and Music IV, University of Virginia

1996 Frø og Frukter: Nordic conference on gender studies, University of Oslo


Work Mentioned in

2008 The new music theater: seeing the voice, hearing the body By Eric Salzman, Thomas Desi, Oxford University Press, USA, 2008.

2004 The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue. Ed. Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, Middletown: Wesleyan UP, 2004.


Academic Positions

07/2006–08/08 Professor/Research Fellow, Østfold University College, Halden, Norway

01-07/2006 Artistic Director/Dean, Norwegian Theater Academy, Østfold University College, Fredrikstad, Norway

09/2003-05/04 Visiting Scholar, Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

1992-1995 Voice Faculty, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

1991 Instructor, Manhattan School of Music, (Private instructor, Voice minors)

1983 Instructor, University of Washington, Continuing Education (Sight singing and Ear Training)


(long CV)