Anne Hege and Julie Herndon: Embodied Instruments

Sunday, December 5, 2021 — 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 General, $10 Students
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Anne Hege and Julie Herndon team up for a night of new sounds with original and familiar instruments. Showcasing excerpts from their latest projects, the concert will explore how instruments and bodies are essential to how we engage with live music performance.

Weaving together original works for her Tape Machine (an analog, live-looping instrument constructed of repurposed cassette recorders) and excerpts from her first opera, The Furies: A Laptopera for laptop orchestra and live vocalists, Anne Hege will demonstrate the ways that she builds instruments to collaborate with and to explore in real-time. Her works for tape machine will highlight recent compositions written for a collaboration with Camden Richards and Deborah Sibony as a soundtrack for their artist’s book, Water, Calling as well as other works for the Tape Machine that will be brought together on a new album supported by INNOVA Records and their Bay Area Pilot Program. Works for the tape machine will be interspersed with excerpts from The Furies: A Laptopera, an opera for live vocalists and laptop orchestra with special guests Curtis Ullerich and Shauna Fallihee.

Julie Herndon performs solo work for extended piano and electronic instruments, exploring the borderlines between the external environment and internal rhythms of breath and pulse. Her work for extended piano layers harmonies based on the pacing of biorhythms, each layer resonating inside the piano like a memory. Her original instrument, Shadow Prism, was recently developed in residence at Djerassi and will be accompanied by a homemade Noise Toaster, Theremin, and effects.

About the artists

Anne Hege creates musical worlds that invite an awareness of and attention to the body and our present moment. In her work as a composer, vocalist, conductor, instrument builder, and scholar, she explores the roots of musicality in the intersection of ensemble interaction, technology, embodiment, and expression. Her works have been performed by So Percussion, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Laptop Orchestra, Stanford Laptop Orchestra, Google Mobile Devices Ensemble, loadbang, Ensemble Klang, NOW Ensemble, Voce in Tempore, Newspeak, Resound Ensemble, and Volti SF. From 2008-2015, Hege composed musical scores for Carrie Ahern Dance with over 40 performances of three major works. Hege has received awards and grants, including a New Music USA Project Grant, Mark Nelson Fellowship (Princeton University), Composer in Residence (Resound Ensemble), Visiting Artist (CCRMA, Stanford University), Research Affiliate (CACPS, Princeton University), Elizabeth Mills Crothers Prize (Mills College), and Bay Area Pilot Project Grant. She is currently completing her first opera, The Furies for laptop orchestra and live vocalists to premiere on Stanford’s CCRMA Stage in 2022 and is looking forward to the release of her first album of music for The Tape Machine (her handmade analog live-looping instrument) in 2022 on INNOVA Records.

Julie Herndon is a San Francisco-based composer, performer, and sound artist. Her work explores the body’s relationship to tools like musical instruments and personal technologies. Her electroacoustic work has been described as “blended to inhabit a surprisingly expressive space” (SFCV), “truly brilliant and utterly affected” (Kulturpunkt). Recent collaborations include the Decoder Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Line Upon Line Percussion, TAK Ensemble, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Her work has been programmed at MATA Festival in New York, Artistry Space in Singapore, Music Biennale Zagreb, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca (MACO), and by Forest Collective in Australia. Her writing, “Embodied Composition: Composing the Body with Sound” can be found in Leonardo with MIT Press.

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