With Carol Genetti, Katherine Young and Eric Leonardson
The German avant-garde trumpet player Birgit Ulher visits Chicago, and several cities in Texas and Louisana.
, born 1961 in Nuremberg, she studied the visual arts, which still have an important influence on her music. Since moving to Hamburg in 1982 she has been involved in free improvisation and experimental music. She works mainly on extending the sounding possibilities of the trumpet by using splitting sounds, multi-phonics and granular sounds and has developed her own extended techniques and preparations for producing these sounds. Besides this material research she is especially interested in the relation between sound and silence.
She performs solo, with dancers, working ensembles, and one-time collaborations with musicians from around the world.
In Hamburg, she has been organizing the festival of improvised music Real Time Music Meeting for over ten years.
© Dan Mohr
is a Chicago-based vocalist whose work extends to sound and visual art media. Her palette is primordial, existing in a hypothetical space where “language” and “music” have yet to be formed and formulated into familiar cultural patterns. Genetti’s aesthetic is one of raw power, yet also delicate, subtle, and precise. She performs in North America and Europe, mostly as a vocal improviser, in collaborations with Eric Leonardson, Olivia Block, James Falzone, and Jim Baker.
© Jim Newerry
As a bassoonist and improviser, Katherine Young
amplifies her instrument and employs a flexible electronics set-up. Her debut solo album garnered praise in The Wire (“Bassoon colossus”) and Downbeat (“seriously bold leaps for the bassoon”). Collaboration is central to her practice, and she performs regularly with her long-standing ensembles Pretty Monsters, Architeuthis Walks on Land, and Till by Turning.
© Eric Leonardson
, a Chicago-based audio artist, serves as the Executive Director of the World Listening Project, founder and co-chair of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a performer, composer, and sound designer, Leonardson performs internationally with the Springboard, a self-built instrument made in 1994.
Birgit Ulher's Chicago appearance is supported in part by the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Additional concerts with Birgit Ulher
2/12: 'They Who Sound', AvantGarden, 411 Westheimer in Houston
2/15: Minicine, 824 Texas Avenue in Shreveport, Louisiana
2/17: Denton, TX, Nebulae, 1008 Cordell Street
2/18: with Liz Tonne - 'The Wild Detectives' , 314 W Eighth St,Dallas, TX
2/20: High Wire, 326 W Josephine St in San Antonio, TX