I am Teresa Barrozo, a Filipino sound artist and curious listener who has been working professionally as a composer and sound designer for film and theater since 2007.
My background revolves around telling stories using music/sound as the medium. This has since expanded to artistic investigations on the practice of listening and exploring the myriad ways this act affects the daily lives of people from all social classes. I am concerned about how sound--both its form and function--can “visibly” and “invisibly” mold or transform communities, draw or erase borders, and make or unmake the world in varying degrees. I believe that as we collectively come up with new ways of listening, we are also discovering together new perspectives, new approaches, and new ways of understanding situations.
Throughout past and present projects, I use my habitat as a personal starting point, but my bigger aim is to create works that engage my local and the global community to think about new ways of listening--to the environment, to society, and to each other. I believe that once we learn how to truly listen, this can lead to a deeper, more embodied understanding, and eventually move us towards a kinder world.
Teresa Barrozo (b.1982, Philippines) is a sound artist, composer and curious listener with a wide range of work for film, theatre and dance. Her sound works and compositions have been featured in the Performatura Festival and Artkitektura Festival in the Philippines, Sound+Environment 2017 in the United Kingdom, Asian Composers League Festivals in Japan and Thailand, and Asia-Pacific Weeks in Germany. Her film music works have been part of major international film festivals in Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Locarno and Berlin. She was a recipient of the Ani ng Dangal Award from the Philippines’ National Commission for Culture and the Arts and was granted an internship by the Biosphere Soundscape International Internship Program. In 2014, she became a fellow of the Asian Cultural Council in New York where she focused on sound art and design, performance, and contemporary sonic practices in listening, field recording, acoustic ecology, neuromusic, and electronic and computer music composition.
Influenced by new practices in contemporary art, tradition in aural orchestration and storytelling in cinema and theatre, Barrozo’s current sound work expands to various disciplines, often exploring and exposing new perspectives in listening culture. She is interested in the dialogue between sound and man while investigating man’s relationship to itself and the environment.