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Frances-Marie Uitti, world renowned two-bow cellist and avant-garde composer, will perform solo works and play improvised duets with Ayman Fanous, guitar, at St. James’s Episcopal Church, Richmond on SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013.
Internationally recognized as a musician of astonishing ability, particularly in the realm of contemporary classical music, Frances-Marie Uitti pioneered a revolutionary dimension to the cello using two bows together in one hand. She was the first to transform the cello into a polyphonic instrument, capable of sustained chordal (two, three, and four-part) and intricate multivoiced writing. This can “convey the unbelievable sensation of an entire string quartet.” (Libération, Paris)
Her invention permits contemporaneous cross accents, multiple timbres, contrasting 4-voiced dynamics, simultaneous legato/articulated playing, that her previous work with a curved bow could not attain.
The program will include solo cello works by Giacinto Scelsi and György Kurtág, as well as works for cello and electronics by Du Yun, Ken Ueno, and Karen Tanaka.
A pioneer in extended techniques for the cello, Uitti has been the inspiration for an entire catalogue of works by composers such as Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi and Louis Andriessen. She has collaborated significantly over the years with avant-garde artists such as John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Elliott Carter, Jonathan Harvey, Brian Ferneyhough and countless composers from the new generation.
She regularly plays in festivals such as the Biennale Di Venezia, Strasbourg Festival, Gulbenkian Festival Ars Musica, Holland Festival and for radio and television in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and collaborates with various musicians, filmmakers, DJs and video artists.
She has written for the Cambridge Companion to the Cello, Contemporary Music Review, Musik Texte and Tempo magazine.
As a pedagogue, Frances-Marie Uitti has given lectures and master classes at practically all the major European conservatories (Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen, Royal Conservatorium Den Haag, Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam, Royal Conservatory Brussels, Santa Cecilia Roma, Hochschule fur Musik in Koln, Hochschule Basle, etc.) and many universities in the USA.
She has recorded for ECM records, Wergo, BVHaast, Mode, Hat-Hut and ICP.
Also performing will be Ayman Fanous, Washington D.C. avant-garde guitarist, in improvised duets with Ms. Uitti. Fanous is the only guitarist to bring classical and flamenco guitar technique deeply into contemporary free improvisation. He has given hundreds of solo performances, and has performed in duos with some of the world’s leading creative jazz and improvisational musicians. These include Tomas Ulrich, Bern Nix, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Mark Feldman, Ned Rothenberg, Lori Freedman, Mat Maneri, and Joe Morris. Labyrinths, his 2007 CD with cellist Tomas Ulrich (Konnex Records, Berlin) was described in Signal to Noise as “the benchmark for all cello-guitar recordings.” Critic Paul Zollo wrote “both are musicians of great depth and technique unified in the proposition that there is no limit to the sonic potential of their instruments.” Guitar Player magazine praised his “passionate execution and wicked tremolando,” while the Richmond Style Weekly wrote that “it would be fair to call Ayman Fanous a musical visionary.”