EBBS (Ulher/Karel/Hsu) + BETSEY BIGGS at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

(Birgit Ulher (trumpet), Ernst Karel (analog electronics), Bill Hsu (live sound and animation)
BETSEY BIGGS (electronics)

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / $10

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BIRGIT ULHER has “established a distinguished grammar of sounds beyond the open trumpet” (jazzdimensions.de). She works mainly on extending the sounding possibilities of the trumpet 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.

ERNST KAREL uses analog electronics and location recordings of specific environments, sometimes together, sometimes separately, to explore the space between abstraction and nonfiction in his sound performances. He also collaborates with imagemakers in working on soundtracks for nonfiction film through his work in the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University.

BILL HSU works with electronics and real-time animation systems. He builds real-time audio-visual systems that interact with human performers, and uses gestural interfaces to control animation and sound synthesis. For the lecture/demo session, he will discuss technical and aesthetic aspects of the software used in the performance.

BETSEY BIGGS is a composer and visual artist. Her work connects the dots between music, sound, visual art, place, storytelling, and technology, and has been described by The New Yorker as “psychologically complex, exposing how we orient ourselves with our ears.” She often collects scraps of sound and narrative fragments she encounters, and evocatively deconstructs and arranges them. By slowing down, clarifying, and reworking these sonic (and sometimes visual) fragments, she recreates her experience of place in highly abstract ways. Her projects create playful situations that facilitate creative participation, often adapting the technology of our contemporary world – mobile audio, digital video, interactive electronics – to engage meaningfully with the physical world around us. She has collaborated with Margaret Lancaster, Evidence, The Now Ensemble, The BSC, So Percussion, Tarab Cello Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble and filmmakers Jennie Livingston and Amy Harrison. Her work has been presented at ISSUE Project Room, Abrons Arts Center, Roulette, the Conflux Festival, MASSMoCA, Sundance Film Festival, Hong Kong’s Videotage, and on the streets of Oakland, Red Hook, Williamsburg, the Gowanus. and Tin Pan Alley. Biggs holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, taught at Brown University for three years, and is currently holds a Sawyer Fellowship at Harvard University.