Artist Projects

Chance Encounter

Lisa Bielawa , Susan Narucki

Chance Encounter is a site-specific music work performed in public spaces and street corners by Lisa Bielawa, vocalist Susan Narucki and as many as 15 to 20 musicians. Staged to integrate common urban elements such as taxicabs, subway stairs and store entrances, Bielawa’s work moves through public spaces, alternating between two groups of musicians. Each audience member’s experience of the work depends on his or her location; some hear only one musician and the vocalist, while for others the entire ensemble is audible. Conceived as a way to bring experimental music to a commonly accessible location, Chance Encounter is produced by a consortium of venues and groups.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Bielawa releases Chance Encounter CD

  • 2010: Lisa Bielawa premieres Chance Encounter on the Tiber, the newest iteration of her Creative Capital project, on the opening day of the new MAXXI museum in Rome

  • 2007: A film of Chance Encounter is screened at the Park City Film Music Festival

  • 2008: Topos Nostalgia, part of Chance Encounter, is performed with the Janus Ensemble in Salzburg, Austria

  • Artists

    Lisa Bielawa

    Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. A composer-in-residence at…


    Susan Narucki

    A distinguished chamber musician and soprano, Susan Narucki has been a guest with the Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Cent…


  • Events

    May 30 – May 30, 2010
    Lisa Bielawa presents "Chance Encounter on the Tiber" at opening of MAXXI museum in Rome

    Sep 11 – Sep 11, 2009
    Christian Hawkey and Lisa Bielawa perform at Symphony Space in New York City, NY.

    May 22 – May 22, 2009
    Lisa Bielawa's composition premieres at Jordon Hall at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.

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  • Project News

    April 15, 2015
    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)

    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles

    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"

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