Judith Hamann, Julian Otis

Frequency Series presents

Judith Hamann

Julian Otis

Sun, November 25, 2018

8:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

Judith Hamann
Judith Hamann
Judith Hamann - "Shaking Studies"

Judith Hamann is a cellist from Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Judith’s performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, contemporary classical, experimental, and popular music. Currently her work is primarily focused on an examination of psycho-physical materials and manifestations of 'shaking'. Extending shaking from its coding as something involuntary, Shaking Studies considers shaking in the form of micro and macro pulsing: rhythm, tremor, vibrato, wolf tones, and partial activity. Practiced and performed as modules, (like studies or etudes) these techniques have developed into individual components which present the performer with an elasticity of material to navigate in performance, as improvised material within an established framework. However, in this context it is not the performer alone who dictates the rate and responsiveness of shaking, rather, this work treats the cello itself as an actant (in the sense of a source of action), using an extended conception of sphygmology (pulse reading), to dictate the tempo of tremor and rhythmic activity based on a particular set of techniques which make the cello visibly and audibly shake. The relationship established here is one that is symbiotic and generative in its unfolding.

“long been recognised as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary-music cellists” (RealTime Arts).
Julian Otis
Julian Otis
Julius Eastman - "Our Father" (solo voice and electronics)
Ben Patterson - "Duo for String Instrument and Voice"

Julian Terrell Otis a multidisciplinary artist, creative vocalist/improviser and composer is known for bringing fresh perspective, nuance, and “high drama” to the contemporary music world. The integration of performance ‘live art’ elements and music is of particular interest to him. Julian reimagines the modalities used by the Fluxus international art movement and in particular the works of Ben Patterson and other black artists working within this movement. It is his goal to use these established works as a lens to see contemporary issues as it pertains to the changing cultural currents that limit the freedoms of persons of color in the United States. Under these conditions it is his prerogative to seek to expose the realities experienced by people of color and work to use art as a platform for all to realize their dreams.

"And some of the festival’s most touching moments came with the performance of Eastman’s vocal works. For Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc, Julian Terrell Otis performed a capella, with high drama, as he teased nuance out of just a few lines..." (ArtNews)
Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618