is a San Francisco based composer, writer, performer
and recording artist. She creates original interdisciplinary works
incorporating a mixture of recorded and live sound, text, movement,
props and film, as well as working collaboratively with other artists.
Merlin has developed a unique style in her writing of text, which she
presents in various settings using a surreal and theatrical interplay of
image rich language and sound. In her work, language is presented
primarily in a non-linear manner, in live performance and soundscapes
and combinations thereof.
In February 2004 she was pleased to be invited to sing with the
Meredith Monk ensemble as part of the Meredith Monk Marathon
presented at Mills College in Oakland, Ca.
In December 2004 she premiered FERN, a sonic theater work which
was created for Engine 27 in New York City where she was awarded a
residency. It was presented as a 16 channel Sound Installation in
Engine 27's Gallery and then at The San Francisco Tape Music Festival
in San Francisco in January of 2005.
Merlin has also been composing a series of songs for cello and voice
which she performs simultaneously in a mix of styles and genres
accompanied by guest artist musicians. Merlin co-curates an artist
salon series called The Milk Bar in Oakland, California and teaches
voice privately. She performs regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area
and has also presented her works in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago,
New York and Japan.
Merlin has been awarded residencies at Engine 27, New York, NY; The
Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Il; and at Millett Farm in
Poughkeepsie, NY. She has ongoing collaborations with Dance
Theater Choreographers Mary Armentrout and Maxine Moerman and
filmmaker Catherine Hollander.