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Nikki Joshi Presents: The Yellow Wallpaper

Contemporary percussionist Nikki Joshi presents a night of avant-garde theatre music, featuring "The Yellow Wallpaper"- a brand new commission for theatrical percussion by composer and faculty at the Eastman School of Music, Matt Curlee. Based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 feminist short story of the same name, this innovative new piece includes elements such as dramatic staging, storytelling, and choreography. With Gilman's gothic text at the forefront, this work explores the concept of societal attitudes towards women's mental health.

This event is free and open to the public.

We are excited to collaborate with the University of Rochester's Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, which recently acquired a large collection of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's personal letters and illustrations. Assistant Dean Jessica Lacher-Feldman will give a presentation on Gilman's life and work at this multidisciplinary event!

This performance will also feature works by Rolf Wallin, Annea Lockwood, Christopher Adler, and Georges Aperghis.

About the Performer: Nikki Joshi is a percussionist based in Toronto, ON as a Rebanks Family Fellow at the Glenn Gould School. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Nikki has had the pleasure of working with composers including Steve Reich, Philippe Leroux, Jennifer Higdon, and Vinko Globokar. She was recently a featured performer in the 21C Festival at the Royal Conservatory, where she performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and was a soloist on the Rebanks Fellowship Cinq á Sept concert. This year she has performed in Against the Grain Theatre’s "Bound V. 2," and debuted at Banff’s 2018 Ensemble Evolution Festival as a soloist on Olivier Messiaen’s "Des canyons aux étoiles…" conducted by Steve Schick. She holds a Master’s Degree from McGill University, and a Bachelor’s Degree, Performer’s Certificate, and Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

About the Composer: Equal parts performer, composer, and educator, Matt Curlee has served on the faculty of the department of music theory at the Eastman School of Music since 2007. As both an advocate for, and avid practitioner of improvisational music, Curlee has a particular interest in ear-brain interactions and the intuitive processes that unify composition, improvisation, and performance. This area of research has fed directly into his work at Eastman, where he has designed an advanced skills curriculum for the undergraduate honors program. As a composer, Curlee’s recent work has focused on the interplay between modern theoretical and experimental physics and the arts (

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Todd Theater
Todd Union Rochester, NY 14611

Event Type

Arts and Entertainment, Theater/Film, Performances


General Public




Eastman School of Music, International Theatre Program


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