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The transatlantic ensemble Collect/Project appears for the first time in the United States as a full quartet to present Roadtrip!, a program designed to focus on the experience of musical performance through a diversity of pieces that look at relationships between performer, creator, composer and audience—a virtual road trip across continents and musical styles and experiences.
Collect/Project will present the world premieres and US premieres of several works written especially for this tour. Trapani and Leboucher both bring together the idea of story-telling via text in special ways. Leboucher melds the voice and flute together as performer and mirror of each other for a fantastical text. Christopher Trapani’s Hafenlieder is the first piece of contemporary music with vocal text in Plattdeutsch which brings together the port city characteristics of Trapani’s roots in New Orleans with those of Eva and Frauke in Hamburg. The works by Neo Hülcker and Lisa Coons bring specific commentary on the issues of gender roles and in/equality in society—a particularly prescient and important topic as an ensemble of women and immigrants.
Frauke Aulbert, voice
Shanna Gutierrez, flutes
Eva Zöllner, accordion
Francisco Castillo-Trigueros, electronics
Francisco Castillo Trigueros – En la gorilla gris, Silencio (2016/18) for voice, flute, accordion and electronics**
Christopher Trapani – Hafenlieder (2016) for voice, flute and accordion**
Christopher Biggs – Tar for flute, accordion and electronics*
Lisa R. Coons – Essay 1: Mater (2019) for voice, flute, accordion and electronics*
Matthias Leboucher – Bilder in Bildern (2016) for voice, flute, accordion**
Neo Hülcker – I’m in your bodies (2018) for voice, flute, accordion and electronics **
* world premiere ** US premiere
This program is supported in part by „Behörde für Kultur und Medien“ and Goethe Institut.
Collect/Project: Described as “intrepid virtuosi refashioning musical experimentation” by George Lewis, Collect/Project seeks to deploy the creativity of the performer beyond what might be considered normal boundaries. As a transatlantic ensemble based in sister-cities Chicago and Hamburg, Collect/Project specializes in experimental music and performance with an interest in unorthodox and deeply collaborative experiences. Dedicated specialists and advocates of new music, Collect/Project regularly commissions new works, providing a wider exposure for the music of living composers, and participates in educational residencies with universities and festivals which seek to provide composers and performers an opportunity for experimentation and collaboration. Collect/Project’s flexibility and unique instrumentation has led to collaborations and performances in the US, UK, and Germany, with appearances at Radialsystem (Berlin), Sonic Fusion Festival (Manchester), Ear Taxi Festival (Chicago), and upcoming tours in the United States, Asia and Latin America. Comprised of Shanna Gutierrez (flutes), Frauke Aulbert (voice), Eva Zöllner (Accordion), and Francisco Castillo Trigueros (electronics), Collect/Project is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. www.collect-project.com