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Ulher, Birgit / Carol Genetti / Eric Leonardson: Horizontal Shift (Amalgam)

An international electroacoustic improvising trio of German trumpet player Birgit Ulher, also on radio, speaker & objects, and two Chicago outside improvisers--Carol Genetti on voice & objects, and Eric Leonardson on his unique self-built instrument the springboard, objects & electronics-- heard in a live performance at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, Illinois in 2018.
 

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Birgit Ulher-trumpet, radio, speaker, objects

Carol Genetti-voice, objects

Eric Leonardson-springboard, objects, electronics


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UPC: 198015902737

Label: Amalgam
Catalog ID: AMA044
Squidco Product Code: 34535

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, Illinois, on February 8th, 2018, by Bill Harris.

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"Horizontal Shift, features the international trio, from Germany and U.S., of Birgit Ulher, Carol Genetti, and Eric Leonardson. The CD consists of a live performance recorded in 2018 at Elastic Arts in Chicago."-Amalgam



[...] Horizontal Shift presents Ulher in a trio with American, Chicago-based vocal artist Carol Genetti and sound artist Eric Leonardson (playing here a self-built, bowed springboard, objects and electronics), recorded live in February 2018 at Elastic Arts in Chicago. Ulher, Genetti and Leonardson have known each other since the late 1990s, but this was the first performance and recording as a trio.

These experienced improvisers brought their highly personal and distinct sonic palette to this intriguing electroacoustic meeting, all characterized by microtonal and textural characteristics of sound. Ulher extended the sonic palette of the trumpet with soft breaths, grainy clicks and multiphonics that matched Genetti's abstract, wordless vocals with Leonardson's atmospheric, resonating sounds. With every listening to the three subtle and vulnerable textures, you may explore more nuances in the sound-oriented dynamics of this trio, including delicate microtones and mysterious multiphonics."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts


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Artist Biographies

"Born 1961 in Nuremberg, she studied the visual arts, which still have an important influence on her music. Since moving to Hamburg in 1982 she has been involved in free improvisation and experimental music. Since then she has "established a distinguished grammar of sounds beyond the open trumpet" (jazzdimensions.de). She works mainly on extending the sounding possiblities of the trumpet by using splitting sounds, multiphonics and granular sounds 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.Since 2006 Birgit Ulher works with radios and uses extended speakers, fed with radio noise in her trumpet mutes. The trumpet functions as an acoustic chamber and modulates the radio noise, thus the trumpet is transmitter and receiver at the same time. Her work with radio is documented on the CD 'Radio Silence No More', released 2007 on Olof Bright.The same concept is the basis of the duo with Gregory Büttner, where Büttner plays his sound contributions via a laptop with an output to a small speaker which Ulher uses a s trumpet mute.Their first CD 'Tehricks' based on this concept was released 2009.She performs solo, with dancers, working ensembles, and one-time collaborations with musicians from around the world.

She has been organising the festival of improvised music Real Time Music Meeting for over ten years.

Music performances in Europe, USA, South America, Russia and the Middle East, together with UNSK (Birgit Ulher / Martin Küchen / Lise-Lott Norelius / Raymond Strid), the Trio PUT (with Ulrich Phillipp and Roger Turner), Nordzucker (with Lars Scherzberg and Michael Maierhof), Heiner Metzger, Martin Klapper, Tim Hodgkinson, Dorothea Schürch, Rhodri Davies, Robyn Schulkowsky, Michael Zerang, Damon Smith, Lou Mallozzi, Gino Robair, Ute Wassermann, Albert Márkos, Sven Ake Johansson, Gene Coleman, Ernesto Rodrigues, Heddy Boubaker, Tim Perkis, Bryan Eubanks, Ariel Shibolet, Christoph Schiller and Sean Meehan, Forbes Graham, Leonel Kaplan, Gregory Büttner, Lucio Capece, Eric Leonardson and Bill Hsu.

Lectures/Workshops at Queen's University of Belfast, Haifa University, SAIC - School of The Art Institut of Chicago, Hochschule für Musik Basel, Workshop Area Sismica in Forlí, Italy, Workshop Anáhuac 33, Mexico City, Workshop Galeria Mérida, Mérida Mexico and Certain Sundays, Berlin.

Residencies at AIR Krems, Austria 2017, ArtInRealeases - GIS Studio - AIR Mexico 2016, Mexico City, Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop 2015, QO-2 werkplaats, Brüssel, 2010, Casa Zia Lina, Elba, Italy, Foundation Thyll-Dürr, 2001 and 2003, Boswil, MKS, Switzerland, 1994"

-Birgit Ulher Website (http://www.birgit-ulher.de/bio.htm)
5/23/2024

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"Carol Genetti is a Chicago-based vocalist whose work extends to sound and visual art media. Her palette is primordial, existing in a space where "language" and "music" have yet to be formed and formulated into familiar cultural patterns. Genetti's aesthetic is one of raw power, yet also delicate, subtle, and precise. An exquisite soloist, she is often also heard in the company of other improvising musicians."

-Carol Genetti Website (https://carolgenetti.info/bio)
5/23/2024

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"Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, serves as co-founder and President of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and Vice President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is Associate Professor Adjunct in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As a performer, composer, and sound designer, Leonardson created sound with the Chicago based physical theater company Plasticene (1995-2012). Leonardson served as a co-founder of the World Listening Project and, since 2008, as its president and board chair from 2015 until 2021. Since 1994, he performs locally and internationally with the Springboard, a self-built instrument made in 1994 and often presents on acoustic ecology to new audiences.

In 2018, he was one of two SAIC faculty awared the AIR Krems summer residency in Austria, gave a workshop at Hochschule Darmstadt Dieberg Media Campus, performed in the re:flexions sound-art festival in Augsburg, Germany, produced a new work for broadcast on Kunstradio-Radiokunst, ÖRF Vienna, and led the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology's third annual Summer Soundwalks In the Parks series.

In 2016, he was one of two artists selected by the Chicago Park District and Trust for Public Land for the inaugral 606 Open AIR (Artist in Residence). His works for radio, "Coincidence and Control" (2015) and "Dancing Walls Stir the Prairie (2007) were broadcast on Kunstradio-Radiokunst on ÖRF Vienna. With Professor Sabine Breitsameter at Hochschule Darmstadt, he co-edited Ways of Listening, Figures of Thought: A Festschrift for R. Murray Schafer On the Occasion of His 80th Birthday (2013). Additional recent articles appear in The Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Volume 22, Number 1, The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Volume 2, Numbers 1-2, and The Conrad Grebel Review, Volume 33, Number 2.

Leonardson earned a Master of Fine Arts (Time Arts) degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1983, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Visual Art) at Northern Illinois University in 1980. He is a recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Media Arts Fellowships (2002 and 2006), and was a 2013 Copeland Fellow at Amherst College."

-Eric Leonardson Website (http://ericleonardson.org/bio/)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Vertical Shift 20:06

2. Horizontal Shift 09:26

3. Phase Shifts 09:40

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