NATALIE ELIZABETH WEISS is a DJ, composer, playwright, performing artist, alternative arts educator and founder of Baby DJ School. She was the 2011-2012 Composition-Mentorship Fellow with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and studied under composer Randall Woolf. She fulfilled two commissions for them: a string quartet and an orchestral piece, the later of which was performed live by the Brooklyn Philharmonic and conducted by the Brooklyn Phil’s Artistic Director (and Alarm Will Sound co-founder) Alan Pierson.
Natalie has also written and composed 4 full length musicals, including CAMP WANATACHI - produced by Blue Man Group co-founder Ian Pai - whose Off-Broadway run at La MaMa ETC was heralded as “hilariously subversive” (NY Magazine), “very catchy” (NY Post), and “uplifting and endlessly impressive” (The Advocate). This musical, which follows the story of two 13 year-old girls who fall in love with each other at Christian summer camp, was a collaboration with Azelia Banks/Theopholis London beat-maker Machinedrum, playwright Bekah Brunstetter, and was featured recommendation by the Village Voice, TimeOut NY, Nylon Magazine, Paper Magazine, Flavorpill.com, Playbill.com and many more. Natalie also stared in this production and DJed the backing tracks live.
Natalie’s performance and instillation work has also been presented in gallery settings including Human Resources, 3rd Ward, and Ramiken Crucible Gallery, where she lived and worked for 3 weeks. While a resident, she transcribed an improvised polyphonic saxophone piece and arranged it for 5 female voices, built a VHS instillation featuring R. Stevie Moore, composed a long-form piece for omnichord, mbira, drums, samplers, keyboards and processed vocals, and held church services where she was the pastor.
Natalie also creates music as Unicornicopia, her solo performance-art moniker. Wielding accordion, synths, samplers and armfuls of effects units, Unicornicopia’s “danceable, insistent music that people will want to hear” (TimeOut NY), has been featured at PS1’s WARM UP, the Performa Biennial, Bowery Ballroom, LPR and Joe’s Pub to name a few. Projects include collaborations with members of Wooster Group, Psychedelic Furs, Fischerspooner, Santigold, ICE, Xiu Xiu, R. Stevie Moore, Chairlift, Glasser, $keletons, Aur Revoir Simone, Elevator Repair Service and Radiohole.
As a DJ, Natalie has shared bills with LCD Soundsystem, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep, Psychic TV, Butthole Surfers, Das Racist, Japanther and Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. As a playwright she has worked with cast members from Broadway’s Spiderman, American Idiot, Mama Mia, Spring Awakening, Shrek, A Little Night Music, Fiddler on the Roof, The Full Monty, Nine and Tintypes; as an educator she has lectured MFA students at NYU Steinhardt, taught puppetry in the New York Public School system and lead “Inventgenuity” and “Playing with Pedals – two experimental composition classes that were both featured recommendations in The New York Times.