This evening presents the latest installation in the ongoing collaboration between two virtuosi: cellist Frances-Marie Uitti and composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp, a duo whose work together dates to the 1990's. Celebrating the release of their new album Peregrinations (zOaR) , Uitti and Sharp will perform two sets of improvisations and compositions, music that is radical yet visceral, and balancing spontaneous energy and structural integrity.
Frances-Marie Uitti, composer/performer, pioneered a revolutionary dimension to the cello by transforming it for the first time into a polyphonic instrument capable of sustained chordal (two, three, and four-part) and intricate multivoiced writing. Using two bows in one hand, this invention permits contemporaneous cross accents, multiple timbres, contrasting 4-voiced dynamics, simultaneous legato vs articulated playing. György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, Jonathan Harvey, Richard Barrett, Horatio Radulescu, Lisa Bielawa are among many who have used this technique in their works dedicated to her Her collaborators have included Dick Raaijmakers, John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, as well as also working closely with Iannis Xenakis, Elliott Carter, and Brian Ferneyhough.
She tours as solist extensively throughout the world having played for audiences from New York City to Mongolia and appears regularly in such festivals as the Biennale Di Venezia, Strasbourg Festival, Gulbenkian Festival Ars Musica, Holland Festival and for radios and televisions in Europe, Japan, and the United States.
Elliott Sharp leads the projects Orchestra Carbon, SysOrk, Tectonics and Terraplane. His innovations have encompassed fractal geometry, chaos theory, algorithms, genetic metaphors, and new strategies for graphic notation to yield work that catalyzes a synesthetic approach to musicmaking as well as functioning as retinal art. In 2015, Sharp was awarded the Berlin Prize and in 2014 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been featured in the Darmstadt and Huddersfield festivals, New Music Stockholm, Au Printemps-Paris, Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale, and the Venice Biennale. He is the subject of the documentary Doing The Don't and has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered. Sharp's composition Storm of the Eye, composed for violinist Hilary Hahn, appeared on her Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces and his opera Filiseti Mekidesi premiered at the Ruhr Triennale in 2018. His book IrRational Music was recently published, a combination of memoir, music theory, and cultural discussion.