Mariel Roberts, Haley Fohr

Part of the 2018 Frequency Festival!

Mariel Roberts

Haley Fohr

Sun, February 25, 2018

8:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Mariel Roberts
Mariel Roberts
Cellist Mariel Roberts presents works from her second solo recording, with performances of works written for her by George Lewis, Eric Wubbels, David Brynjar Franzson, and a collaborative work she wrote with Cenk Ergun. Wubbels’ manic gretchen am spinnrade opens the recording in a frenzy, catching Goethe and Schubert’s Gretchen in a psychic tailspin, as the metaphor of the spinning wheel is extended to her karmic life and to the careening of cause and effect in personal and public history. Vacillating between ominous tolling piano chords, demonically virtuosic repeated motivic cells, and snarling cello double stops, gretchen am spinnrade is a relentless work that gives Gretchen, or the listeners, little respite during its sixteen minute duration. As the piece closes, the spinning wheel creaks and moans in disarray, damaged beyond repair. The boundary between acoustic and electronic in Cenk Ergun and Roberts’ collaborative piece Aman has as its ingredients dry, glitchy percussive sounds, airy bow textures, and grinding double stops.

ABOUT MARIEL
“Trailblazing” cellist Mariel Roberts (Feast of Music) is widely recognized as a deeply dedicated interpreter of contemporary music. Recent performances have garnered praise for her “technical flair and exquisite sensitivity” (American Composers Forum), as well as her ability to “couple youthful vision with startling maturity”. (InDigest Magazine). Roberts' work emphasizes expanding the technical and expressive possibilities of her instrument through close relationships with innovative performers and composers of her generation. Her passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to premiere hundreds of new works by both emerging and established artists.

Roberts has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across four continents, most notably as a member of the Mivos String Quartet, as well as Wet Ink Ensemble and Ensemble Signal. She performs regularly on major stages for new music such as the Lincoln Center Festival (NYC), Wien Modern (Austria), Lucerne Festival(Switzerland), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Klang Festival (Denmark), Shanghai New Music Week (China), Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), and Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK). Roberts has been featured as a chamber musician on recordings for Innova, Albany Records, New World Records, New Amsterdam, Carrier Records, New Focus, and Urtext Records.

Mariel has released two solo albums, "nonextraneous sounds" and "Cartography", to critical acclaim. About "nonextraneous sounds", New York's WQXR radio wrote: “By playing a program this well-curated, with this much confidence, precision and good old-fashioned muscle, Roberts is not so much "making a statement," artistically speaking, as she is sounding an alarm. Listeners should come running.”
Haley Fohr
Haley Fohr
Haley Fohr, Drag City & Thrill Jockey recording artist, meets us tonight with a special solo vocal performance. Her recent artistic endeavors have included an original soundtrack adaptation for the 1923's "Salome" (commissioned by Opera North), as well as her critically acclaimed 2017 album "Reaching For Indigo". Her performance for us on Oct 6th features a premier of "Fugue in G" ; an acoustic piece for 12-string guitar and extended vocals.
Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618