Jill Burton PROFILE

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Jill Burton

"Jill Burton brings her voice and physical form as the two main tools of her trade. Her bio includes training in ballet and classical music at an early age, while having quickly developed an affinity for improvising in performance. Ms. Burton was a witness and participant in the profound cultural and interdisciplinary possibilities of the 1980′s arts renaissance that blossomed out of the then near-apocalyptic urban collapse and wholly non-commercial NYC/Lower East Side scene. While many musicians...come from that same NYC/LES arts scene, few could add something as inverted a seminal experience as Burton’s six years as musical accompanist for Pacific Northwestern Tlingit tribe storytellers in Sitka, Alaska. She has spent more than fifteen years studying and practicing non-invasive medical modalities including Reiki, Ortho-Bionomy and Sound Healing. Burton’s improvised works manifest most often in wordless vocals, seemingly constructing invisible sonic architecture, both bordering the interior of a venue and transforming those same borders into transducers carrying vibrations." ~Matt Gorney, Avant Music News

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"Jill Burton (born 1952) is an American improviser, extended vocalist, dancer, performance artist and energy worker. Noted as one of the great foundation improvisors of America, she is also known for incorporating spiritual healing with improvised performance. Active in the American improv scene since the early 1970s, she has lived and worked all over the country, including a ten-year stint in the 1980s as part of the downtown East Village experimental arts community, and six years in Sitka, Alaska, where she worked with Tlingit storytellers providing musical accompaniment for their healing stories. Burton is unusual for a musician in that her work is ephemeral, in-the-moment, and therefore recordings of her work are rare. She has collaborated with many notable experimental musicians and dancers, including LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Jane Scarpantoni, Judy Dunaway, David First, Rain Worthington, Gino Robair, Jack Wright, and Scott Walton."

I am an extended vocalist, dancer, performance artist, composer, and energy worker currently living in Gainesville, FL. I have lived and worked as a performer and teacher all over the United States, including 10 years in NYC, 3 years in Miami, and 6 years in Sitka, Alaska. In addition to a deep background in many forms of music and dance, I also have over 20 years of training and experience in hands-on healing and energy work modalities, including Polarity, Reiki, Ortho-Bionomy and Sound Healing. Though primarily a musician, it is often difficult for me to label, categorize or describe my work. My primary art form is to improvise in the moment, using every aspect of my voice, the movement of my body, the acoustics of the physical space, and the emotions/energies/thoughtforms arising from the audience, the external world, and from the deepest regions of my inner self. I have been developing this way of working/performing for several decades. It is a largely non-verbal and non-linear process similar to hypnosis or a dream-like state that reveals deep inner truths through resonating all of these overlapping layers of reality. Complete honesty and authenticity are integral to my work; fun and humor are also important aspects.

Frequent and occasional collaborators include:
Andrew Drury, Dan Peck, Andrea Pensado, Angela Sawyer, Laurie Amat, Phillip Greenlief, Moe Staiano, Cornelius Cardew Choir, Tim Perkis, LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Scott Walton, Cort Lippe, Phil Gelb, Hideo Sekino, David First, Chris Cochrane, Gino Robair, Andrea Centazzo, Dave Grollman, I'd M Thfft Able, David Rosenbloom, Kevin Jones, David Durant, George Lewis, Mark Feldman, Lois Dilivio, Amy Denio, Jane Scarpantoni, Rain Worthington, Kumiko Kimoto, Yuval Gabay, Jack Wright, Ned Sublette, Dennis Kam, Doug Carroll, Tom Nunn, Ron Heglin, Luciana Proano, Sally Silvers, Andrea Kane, Ann Law, Bruce Kaplan, Christy Sheffield Sanford, Kwong Yu Fong, RIP Hayman, Ruth Malacheck, the Shakin Ray Levis, Claire Elizabeth Barratt, Judy Dunaway, Kevin Jones, Sally Silvers, Susan Hefner, Andrew Burnes, David Daniell, Scott Burland, Tatsuya Nakatani, Wade Matthews, Gustavo Matamoros, Andrew Dewar, Evan Lipson, Richard Brookens, Jim Ivy, Doug Mathews, Moksha Sommer, David Dove, Michael Evans, Valerie Kuehne, Jeff Young, Emily Hay, Shelley Hirsch...more

Has performed and taught at festivals and venues:
Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, XFest, Gallery 109, Highwire Gallery, Luna's, Luggage Store Gallery, Meridian Gallery, Temescal Art Center, Tom's Place, Bang On A Can, New Directions, New Voices, Microtonal Festival, Soundings, Sound and Substance, Women in Improv, Subtropics Festivals, Alaska Native Artists Summit, Alaska Folk Festival, Happenings, Thompkins Square Park Festival, The Stephanie and Irving Stone Festival of Improvisors, Life Cafe, Knitting Factory, ABC No Rio, 8BC, Art On The Beach, NPR, Tallahassee New Music Festival, Birmingham Improv Festivals, Improvisor Journal 30-year Anniversary Festival, Sonic Frontiers, Southeast Alaska High School Music Conference, Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House, Santa Fe Sound Healing Conference, Florida Dance Festival, Tampa Theater, Florida Theater, National Association of Arts Organizations Conference, Tigertail, Here and Now, Miami Light Project, UA Tuscaloosa, University of Miami Composer's Forum, FSU New World Music Ensemble, Stephen Talkhouse, UCSD, Harn Museum, Salvador Dali Museum, EMIT, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New World School of the Arts, Santa Fe College, Phillips Performing Arts Center, Florida School of Massage, Loft Theater, CBGB's, A Mica Bunker, Painted Bride, UA Tuscaloosa, Bottletree, Barking Legs, Thomas Center, Eyedrum, BAM, P.S. 122, Roulette, Experimental Intermedia, Pangaea, Urban ReThink, Dixon Place, 119 Gallery, Aviary, Weirdo Records, Sonorium, Freddy's Backroom, Vaudeville Park, PAXMiami, Audiotheque, Inkub8, Strange Maine, ZONES Performia1(Art Basel Miami)...more