Anat Pick (*1955 in Kfar Saba, Israel) is a sound poet, composer and performer. She began her career as a musician, subsequently developing sound performances based on a mix of the phonetic systems of Oriental and Western languages.
Anat Pick's texts are tightly-structured works for voices which sound out the border area between language and music. In Pick's technically virtuoso presentation, body and articulation, semantics, syntax and sound merge into a single unit.
Her first long performance, “The Forbidden Museum”, was presented in the Vienna Festwochen festival in 1997. Since then she has appeared at major poetry and music festivals in Israel, Europe and Asia.
Pick regularly collaborates with other artists, poets and musicians, and not infrequently in live free improvisations. She has created several works for ensembles, including “Musica Nova" and "Israel Contemporary Players". Her recent piece "Tongues and Levers" for voice and Futurist intoners premièred in New York in 2009.
Pick has a longstanding, abiding interest in Dada and futuristic poetry, which she researched in 2008 as a guest of the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa. She is currently working on a CD featuring poems by Dada artist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.
Publications (a selection):
Dada Sound Poetry (CD). Poems by Kurt Schwitters, Hugo Ball and Tristan Tzara. (produced in cooperation with the Janco Dada Museum), Ein Hod, Israel, 2008.
Double Text / Hearat Shulaym (score) Sound & Text Editors: Lea Mauas, Diego Rotman. Salamanca Group, Israel, 2002.
Cartoons for voice and large ensemble (score) music by Menachem Zur, sound text by Anat Pick (Israeli Music Center publication, 2009.
tongue Trum 2 (score) in 'The Iowa Review' Vol. 39 No. 2, The University of Iowa Press, USA, 2009.
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