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Jessica Aszodi & Jenna Lyle / Curt Miller & Samuel Dunscombe

  • Elastic Arts 3429 West Diversey Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

Two duos on one night

Lyle and Aszodi's Grafter

and the monolithic

1 + 1 = 1 by Pierluigi Billone

1 + 1 = 1
"One drop plus another drop makes one larger drop, not two.”

This is how the "nutcase" Domenico in Andrei Tarkowsky´s film Nostalghia explains the inscription 1+1=1 on the wall of his house, pouring two drops of oil into his hand."

2016 marks the ten year anniversary of Pierluigi Billone’s masterwork for two bass clarinets: 1+1=1. Samuel Dunscombe and Curt Miller have been playing this work together since 2013, and have received critical acclaim for the performances they have staged around the country, from San Diego to Boston. They have worked directly with the composer to derive their interpretation of this work, which is strongly influenced by their engagements with free jazz, improvisation, electronic and experimental music, and various folk traditions.

Grafter is an evolving project for moving voices with electronics, collaboratively developed by Jessica Aszodi and Jenna Lyle, that places heightened focus on the physical act of sound production. The gestural language of the work fuses sounds and movements together; placing energetic focus on particular body areas, simultaneously altering sonic outcomes through choreographic and electronic affectation of vocal tone. Incorporating the performer’s backgrounds in opera, contemporary dance, electro-acoustic music, composition, and extended vocal techniques, the performers earnestly attempt various near-impossible tasks (sharing embodied experience, echolocation). Grafter is a space to contemplate the hand-stitched-togetherness of voices, with the material that makes and moves them.

Earlier Event: December 9
Later Event: December 10
Fall Season Send-off at HCL