"stunning, exuberant, lyrical, and hypnotically recursive"
-Tom McCauley, Omaha Magazine
April Faith-Slaker is a cellist, composer, and researcher who embraces an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to understanding and communicating about human experiences and social policy. Classically trained on cello at the Music Institute of Chicago, April has expanded her musical performance and composition to include a range of influences. Her data composition project utilizes public data, math, and technology to translate complex social issues into auditory representations. Her solo works rely on electric cello, looper and other pedal effects, and extended techniques to modify the sounds produced by the cello and to create a contemporary aesthetic.
April has composed and performed with orchestras, chamber music groups, rock bands, and theater groups. Recently, she completed a fellowship at the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska for which she converted social data to music, and presented the final products through multimedia formats. She has been featured on Les Femmes Folles, a blog dedicated to women in the arts; featured on the New Revolutionists, a portrait project of revolutionary American women; and was recently nominated for an Omaha Arts and Entertainment Award in the "best new media artist" category.