Frances White

Valeria Vasilevski

Kristin Norderval




The profound events of our lives, including death, birth, trauma, and wonder, often provoke experiences that transcend words, creating moments better suited to the encapsulating depths of silence. Inspired by insights and personal stories, Ravello Records presents the theatrical work for soprano and electronic sound, SHE LOST HER VOICE, THAT’S HOW WE KNEW.


Composed by Frances White, written and directed by Valeria Vasilevski, and performed by vocalist Kristin Norderval, the work is open to the universal issues that are implied by the idea of this loss of voice. Described by WQXR’s Operavore as an “avant-garde diva,” Norderval’s voice provides the fingerprint for the electronic score. The album contains no explicit narrative, rather it offers an interior drama with an emerging persona, which carries many voices: an inner voice, a voice of memory, a singing voice, a silenced voice, and more. This persona is also a listener, hearing the cries of all these different voices.


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- Frances White’s music has been featured as part of the soundtrack of three of Gus Van Sant's award-winning films Elephant, Paranoid Park, and Milk


- White has received awards, commissions, and grants from organizations such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, ASCAP, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the American Music Center


- Kristin Norderval is a composer and singer who specializes in developing new works for voice, cross-disciplinary work, and works using interactive technology


- Norderval’s credits as a soloist include performances with the Oslo Sinfonietta, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Netherlands Dance Theater, and the San Francisco Symphony


- Valeria Vasilevski has won numerous awards, fellowships, and commissions, including being a recipient of the ASCAP Award 12 times as well as the Richard Rogers Award, NEA Award, and NYSCA Award


- Vasilevski’s madrigal comedy Jukebox in The Tavern of Love, a collaboration with composer Eric Salzman, was released on Labor Records in 2014 and distributed by Naxos; it was cited in Gramophone Magazine as one of the best albums of the year and was also a featured pick of the week on WQXR


Frances White writes instrumental, vocal, and electronic music. She studied at the University of Maryland, Brooklyn College, and Princeton University. She has received awards, commissions, grants, and fellowships from organizations such as  The Guggenheim Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Ditson  Fund, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the Copland Fund, Prix Ars Electronica, the International Computer Music Association, Hungarian Radio, ASCAP, the Bang On A Can Festival, the Other Minds Festival, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the American Music Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Recent works include commissions from the Third Practice Festival for the ensemble eighth blackbird, the Fromm Foundation, the MAP Fund, the Solaris Vocal Ensemble, Commissioning Music USA (formerly Meet the Composer), and The Crossing chamber choir.


White’s music can be heard on CD on the Wergo, Centaur, Nonsequitur, Harmonia Mundi, Albany, and Bridge labels. Two albums of her chamber works are available: Centre Bridge (Mode Records), and In the library of dreams (Pogus Productions). Her music was featured as part of the soundtrack of three of Gus Van Sant’s award-winning films: Elephant, Paranoid Park, and Milk.


White studies the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and finds that the traditional music of this instrument informs and influences her work as a composer. Much of her music is inspired by her love of nature, and her electronic works frequently include natural sound recorded near her home in central New Jersey.


Frances White


Valeria Vasilevski


Kristin Norderval

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Release Date:  October 9, 2015

Catalog #: RR7915



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