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Frauke Aulbert: Vocal Acrobatics

  • Constellation 3111 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

Hamburg’s ‘Queen of the avant-garde’ gives debut solo show in Chicago

CHICAGO (August 20, 2016) – New music demands new sounds. ‘Hamburg’s Queen of Avant-garde’ Frauke Aulbert delivers them all, from vocal multiphonics and opera to overtone singing. The program, consisting of the most avant-garde pieces for voice, provides a huge playground for vocal range and colors. Some pieces require pop/rock-singing, beatboxing, folksinging-styles, and vocal noises. Others use masks and voice preparations like a tiny mouth-speaker. Prepare yourself for a colorful and impressing homage to the human voice! 

This is Frauke Aulbert’s Chicago debut as a solo artist ahead of her appearance with the acclaimed trans-atlantic ensemble Collect/Project at the Ear Taxi Festival on October 9, 1pm, at the Claudia Cassidy Theatre in the Chicago Cultural Center. She is in demand around the world as a soloist, and is currently a fellow at the Schloss Solitude Academy for her research residency on beatboxing and overtone singing techniques.   

“A singer with the qualities of a voice performer and the courage to take risks, to sonic and performative excess. Frauke Aulbert evidenced both. She made the evening an event!”

October 2, 2016, 8:30pm
Frequency Series
Constellation Chicago
3111 N. Western Ave.

Frauke Aulbert, voice

Frauke Aulbert: Krrr. Thematic improvisation with vocal multiphonics and overtones (2015) Giacinto Scelsi: Hô (1960)
Cathy Berberian: Stripsody (1966)
Matthias Kaul: Silence is my voice (2005) for voice, mouth speaker and tape
Georges Aperghis: Nr. 11 from Recitations pour voix seule (1978)
John Cage: Sonnekus 2 (1985)
Jennifer Walshe: G.L.O.R.I. (2005)

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Frauke Aulbert boasts a vocal range of four octaves and has specialized in the contemporary vocal performance having mastered overtone- and undertone-singing, multiphonics and other timbre-altering techniques, in addition to her formal training in lyrical singing. As a vocal-sound-researcher she studies, describes and sings many different genres - including gamelan, jazz, dhrupad, beatboxing, – and applies those sounds to her interpretation of contemporary vocal music. International concert tours have included Brasil, Georgia, Tunisia and the USA. In 2015 she will sing (among others) in Australia, at the Biennale of Contemporary Music in Curitiba, Brasil, at Warsaw Autumn in Poland, and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She was awarded the first prize by the Stockhausen Foundation for interpreting the INDIANERLIEDER, and received long-term artists residencies in Rome and Paris (Goethe Institut and Cité International des Arts). Her work and her concerts are supported (among others) by the Ministry of Culture of Germany, IMPULS, the Stockhausen Foundation and the Deutsche Auswärtige Amt.