Dorothy Carlos is a cellist and sound artist working in New York City and Chicago. Leor Galil of the Chicago Reader describes her latest release: “In Carlos’s hands, […] synths can sound like a hummingbird’s heartbeat wired through a PA system (“A New”) or the comforting buzz of a didgeridoo amplified until it blocks out the whole horizon (“And Found”). She teases out resonant textures, prodding humming drones till they shriek (“I Started”) or making nuanced textural shifts that feel as rejuvenating as a hint of cool lakeside breeze on a hot July evening. Throughout Circuit Spectre, she sustains that subtle tug-of-war.”
As an artist and researcher, her work is interested in intimacy, ephemerality, and imaginaries, and draws from her background in anthropology and contemporary classical music. As a cellist, Dorothy has performed at Lincoln Center, Abrons Art Center, Performance Space New York, and elsewhere. Recently, her research on imagined cultural processes was published in Student Anthropologist, the student journal of the American Anthropology Association.
Dorothy has been featured as an artist and collaborator in projects presented at the Swiss Institute (New York), Zhou Brothers Art Center (Chicago), No Place Gallery (Cleveland), and the Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art (Fall River, MA). She has an upcoming release on the Chicago-based label American Dreams in collaboration with artist, Brian Oakes.