Suzanne Thorpe is a composer, performer, researcher and educator. She creates site-oriented sound compositions that use a variety of media and technology, and performs electroacoustic flute, expanded with digital and analog electronics. Her composed works speak of, and with, their environment, and draw upon traditions of acoustic ecology, soundscape, improvisation and land art. She situates her research at the intersection of feminist materialisms, systems theory, and environmental ethics.
Her work has been shown and performed internationally, including The New Museum (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), MOCA Tucson (Tucson), Activating the Medium Festival (San Francisco), No Idea Festival (Austin), High Zero Festival (Baltimore), All Tomorrow's Parties (UK and U.S.), Roskilde (DK), Q02 (Brussels), and exhibited at Manitoga (Garrison, NY), Caramoor Center for Music and Art (Katonah, NY), River to River Festival (NYC), San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, CA), Klieo Gallery (NYC), Exit Art (NYC), Mills College (Oakland), California College of the Arts (Oakland) and more.
As an improviser she has enjoyed performing with Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Gino Robair, Chris Brown, Zbigniew Karkowski, Nate Wooley, Anit-matter, Ulrich Krieger, Miguel Frasconi, Jenny Walsh, and Miya Masaoka, among others, maintains recurring projects with Bonnie Jones, Volume n (Stephan Moore, Shelley Burgon, Maria Chavez) and Philip White.
She has released over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings, and Tape Drift, and was a founding member of critically acclaimed Mercury Rev, with whom she performed, recorded and toured from 1989 - 2001, earning a gold record for 1998's Deserter's Songs. She can more recently be heard on J Mascis' solo record Several Shades of Why (Sub Pop) and Pauline Oliveros’ Primordial Lift (Lovely Records).
Thorpe has received residencies and fellowships from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Music USA and the MAP Fund. She is also a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American Composer and Deep Listening Founder Pauline Oliveros. After earning her MFA at Mills College, she is currently a PhD candidate in Music/Integrative Studies at University of California San Diego, and Co-Director of TECHNE, an educational initiative that aims to empower young women through creative-driven technology projects by contextualizing technology education with musical improvisation, contemplative practice, and social justice awareness.