If you have seen Heather Perkins perform live, you understand why she lists Mad Scientist as one of her job titles. Conjuring sonic beauty at a recent live performance at Mississippi Pizza, she danced between her laptop, an electronic keyboard, and several exotic electronic instruments which I think were of her own creation. When she needs a human voice, she croons into a microphone. Perkins writes and performs music for dance, animation, video games, film, theater and live performance. You may have heard her collaborations with Ten Tiny Dances, or with Rose Bond, or with Minh Tran.
On February 25, at 7:00 PM she will be introduced to members and friends of the Oregon Cartoon Institute as the Institute’s first artist in residence. The public is invited to hear Perkins describe her work at the Institute, which will include a musical investigation of Mel Blanc and his favorite creation, Bugs Bunny. The event is free, and located at Ackerman Films, 13 NW 13th, Portland, Oregon.
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