UC San Diego
At the Intersection of American Sign Language and the Performer-Percussionist: A Hybrid Practice
- Author(s): Clarino, Christopher Richard
- Advisor(s): Schick, Steven
- et al.
ABSTRACT OF THE DISSERTATION
At the Intersection of American Sign Language
and the Performer-Percussionist: A Hybrid Practice
Christopher Richard Clarino
Doctor of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music Performance
University of California San Diego, 2019
Professor Steven Schick, chair
This dissertation investigates the shared spaces between American Sign Language (ASL), percussion and performance art and addresses the following questions: Does my work successfully merge these disciplines into a singular practice? In this hybridized practice, is corporeality fundamentally relatable? For example, might a layperson relate to the playing of a drum more deeply on an emotional and physical level than the playing of a viola harmonic? Similarly, in ASL; are inherent qualities of the language – facial expression, non-manual markers, personification, and explicitly visual referents – also relatable to the layperson in the same way? Do these build a bridge to the middle ground of my practice?
These topics and questions will be addressed in the context of the following works: Carolyn Chen’s Threads (2012), Lydia Winsor Brindamour’s early morning (dew, spiderweb) (2016), Tiange Zhou’s Me/Monologue (2018), Larry Polansky’s VEDITZ (2018), Yiheng Yvonne Wu’s Your Hat (2018), and my adaptation of Franz Schubert’s Erlkönig (1821). Through musical analysis and deconstruction of the works mentioned, I have attempted to answer the technical and cultural questions that have risen through preparation and performance.