"Fantastic work. (...) Sounds almost like a musique concrète collage
made from Folkways LP about the removal of the larynx. But it's not!"

The Wire (UK)

"She embodies a noisy experimentation, in a crude art without concessions"

Revue & Corrigée (FR)

"A very strong experimental vocalist"

Chain DKL (US)

Alessandra Eramo (*1982 Taranto, IT/DE) is a Berlin-based sound artist, vocalist and composer. She creates performative works and installations using voice, sound, text, field recording, video and drawing, exploring latent acoustic territories of the human voice and noise as socio-political matter. Blurring the line between performance art, experimental music and sound poetry, the essence of her practice is to destabilize the normal expectations of the voice to trace a new sense of beauty in sound and language. Her projects often adopt relational aesthetics and address questions about the body, memory and identity. Current research projects focus on the tension between vocality and writing, performative rituals and trance-like states through singing.

She was trained in classical singing, piano and music theory since an early age, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and Stuttgart and completed her Masters Degree in Performance Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Ca' Foscari University in Venice.

She has performed and exhibited widely at festivals, museums, galleries, radio and institutions such as: Savvy Contemporary Berlin, Liminaria/Manifesta12 Palermo, BBC Radio 3, Battiti RAI Radio3, Tempo Reale Festival Florence, Heroines of Sound Festival Berlin, FLUSSI Media Arts Festival Avellino, Lyd+Litteratur Festival Aarhus, Dystopie Sound Art Festival Berlin, Forum Klanglandschaft - Soundscapes & Sound Identities 2015, Galerie Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin, PACT Zollverein Essen, Transmediale Berlin, Kino Šiska Ljubljana/ARS National Radio Slovenia, Electronic Voice Phenomena/Liverpool Biennial 2013, Roulette New York, Audiorama Stockholm, Padiglione Italia nel Mondo/54th Venice Biennale.

Co-founder of "Corvo Records - vinyl & sound art production" where she released in 2019 her critically acclaimed LP Tracing South, a work about the "South" as a non-geographical condition, reflecting on the Mediterranean Sea as a human and spiritual dimension. In 2014 she released the 7" Roars Bangs Booms, based on her vocal performative work presented at the Museum FLUXUS+ in Potsdam about the onomatopoeic words from the Futurist Manifesto "The Art of Noises" by Luigi Russolo. She's invited artist to the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2017 to exhibit Migratory Echoes, her performance/installation work based on interviews to migrants about the sounds of their "Homeland", investigating the idea of identity and belonging to real or imaginary places. She took part to the artistic residency of Tsonami Festival Valparaìso (Chile) in 2016 where she presented 3 Places Where I Can Sing: Songs for Valparaíso, a performance in the public space of Valparaíso, connecting the sonic memory of the inhabitants and Eramo through vocal interventions in various places of the city specifically selected for their symbolic and political connotation.

Alongside her solo work, she has collaborated as vocalist with many acclaimed composers, choreographers, poets and visual artists including Zorka Wollny, Brandon LaBelle, Noha Ramadan, Ines Lechleitner, Marcus Bastos, Irena Tomažin, SJ Fowler, Gabriel Dharmoo, Tomomi Adachi, Seiji Morimoto, Steffi Weismann, Mark W. Sutherland and Marta Zapparoli. She is vocal performer for Appunti del Passaggio by Maria Iorio & Raphaël Cuomo (Premio Furla 2015), a film about the biopolitical regime in the 1960s that southern Italian migrants bodies were forced through when they arrived at the Swiss border. The film was exhibited at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, among others.

As recipient of grants from Berlin Senate, IfA and the Goethe Institut Napoli she has curated and participated to the residency and sound art exhibition "Correnti Seduttive" in her hometown Taranto in Southern Italy (with Peter Cusack, Georg Klein, Steffi Weismann and Wendelin Büchler), a place with the highest level of industrial pollution in Europe. Here she creates her sound installation Se Dio Vuole, a dedication to the beauty and destruction of the sea in Taranto. From this work she developed a book-document together with the music journalist Tobias Fischer, published in 2015.

She's been Artist in Residence a.o. at EMS Stockholm with the support of the Italian Culture Institute of Stockholm, Goethe Institut Thessaloniki, EMPAC Troy (NY) - Rensselaer Polythechnic Institute with Doug Van Nort and Pauline Oliveros, and at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center New York, where she's created Lauter Spannung a multichannel audiovisual work for voice and field recordings.

Between 2015 and 2018 she's been member of Errant Bodies - Sound Art Space in Berlin. Furthermore, she is an active educator leading a.o. her cross-disciplinary workshop "The Space between Voice and Gesture".


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Alessandra Eramo Sound Artist

Alessandra Eramo Errant Voice

Alessandra Eramo Detail Drawing 2013

Migratory Echoes Alessandra Eramo

Alessandra Eramo Sound Artist

Alessandra Eramo Flussi 2015