North Texas Feminist Improvising Group

Bitches Set Traps (or BST) started as a group in 2018 inspired by the Feminist Improvising Group, which was a 5-8 person ensemble founded in 1977 by Scottish vocalist Maggie Nicols and English bassoonist-composer Lindsay Cooper.  They were the first ensemble of female improvisers who performed publicly. Their initial intent was apolitical, the group developed an interest in exploring social commentary and political parody and farce, and in challenging taboos on-stage.  

Elizabeth McNutt, flutist, specializes in contemporary music, and has premiered hundreds of new compositions. She directs Sounds Modern as well as the University of North Texas new music ensemble, Nova.;

Jolene Masone is a unique artist specializing in Contemporary and Experimental music for bassoon.

Kourtney Newton is a professional cellist based in Denton, TX who specializes in contemporary and experimental music; she especially enjoys playing electroacoustic music as well as improvisation as a soloist or in an ensemble.

Sarah Ruth is a diverse musician and artist – a multi-instrumentalist, she employs hammered dulcimer, harmonium, electroacoustic sound art, and extended vocal techniques.

Article From Theater Jones,

BST  “…used unconventional “instruments” such as kitchen bowls, a coffee grinder, hair dryers, and assorted other implements of traditional femininity. Both the written piece and the improvisatory one raise questions about gender roles and expectations. (Can a person play the cello and vacuum at the same time? Yes, apparently, cellist Kourtney [Newton] can. But can she do them simultaneously and well? Not really, unless all you want to hear are open strings—perhaps reinforcing that we can do it all, sure, but maybe not all at once.)”