claire rousay is a person who performs and records. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Her performances and recordings explore queerness, human relationships, and self perception through the use of physical objects and their potential sounds.
rousay performs with Brandon Lopez, Carol Genetti, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Jacob Wick, Ken Vandermark, Lori Goldston, Michael Foster, Tom Carter, and many others.
rousay’s work has been performed at locations such as Casa del Popolo, Constellation Chicago, Experimental Sound Studio’s Option Series, Iklectik Art Lab (London), Issue Project Room, and the Tobin Center for Performing Arts (San Antonio).
“…the Texas based percussionist and improvisor exhibits a clear understanding of how rawness can add depth and color to your music […] Like a silent film star utilizing grand movements and facial expressions to relay their feelings, Rousay’s exaggerated playing and sudden increase in physical exertion communicate the piece’s evolving emotional state.” - Joshua Minsoo Kim, The Wire
“Her ability to keep things clear and sparse while constantly pushing forward results in a sense that anything could happen at any moment, be it a pregnant pause or a percussive explosion.” - Marc Masters, Bandcamp Daily
“Her approach to performance conscientiously avoids macho forcefulness in favor of patient and fluidly evolving explorations of the timbre, texture, and resonance of her drums, metal bowls, and other objects.” - Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader