September 15, 2013

Ellen Fullman @ the BAM L@TE series

BAM skylight
photo by Styrous®

A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of hearing, seeing and photographing Berkeley based, Ellen Fullman, during the Berkeley Art Museum's L@TE series presentation. Her performance was as riveting and visually dazzling as ever. Once again, she constructed her Long String Instrument (an instrument tuned in just intonation and played with rosin-coated fingers) to fit the space, however, this time it was even longer than when I saw her in concert in 2009 (see link below), also at one of the BAM L@TE series presentations.

(click on any image for slideshow)
 head anchor end of the Long String (the three objects in the center)
photo by Styrous®


tail anchor end of the Long String
photo by Styrous®


another view of the tail anchor end of the Long String (light shining on the strings)
photo by Styrous®


the sound control center
photo by Styrous®

Performing with Ms. Fullman on the Long-String in the first work of the program, Study for "Mary 1 and Mary 2", (first movement of Dyad, a work in 13 movements) was Ryan P. Jobes. It was a brilliant exploration of acoustic/electronic transcendental meditation.

Jobes then performed on a mechanically played electric guitar, invented by Konrad Sprenger (aka Jörg Hiller), with Ms. Fullman on the second work which was untitled. This piece ratcheted the evening up a notch very nicely.

Luciano Chessa (on Đàn bầu) and Theresa Wong (playing the Expendable Cello with Gramophone/Integrated Empathetic Bridge invented by Sung Kim) performed with Fullman in the third work, Trio Improvisation.

 Expendable Cello with the 
Gramophone/Integrated Empathetic Bridge
photo by Styrous®


Ms. Wong performed with Ms. Fullman in the concert I saw in 2009 at the BAM (she used a regular cello that time).

Theresa Wong with Expendable Cello
photo by Styrous®


the performance

all photos by Styrous®

Study for "Mary 1 and Mary 2"
Ellen Fullman



Study for "Mary 1 and Mary 2"


Study for "Mary 1 and Mary 2"
Ryan P. Jobes


Study for "Mary 1 and Mary 2"
Ellen Fullman and Ryan P. Jobes


Study for "Mary 1 and Mary 2"


Study for "Mary 1 and Mary 2"
Ellen Fullman and Ryan P. Jobes


untitled work


untitled work
Ryan P. Jobes


untitled work


untitled work


untitled work


untitled work


Trio Improvisation
Ellen Fullman


Trio Improvisation


Trio Improvisation
Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong and Luciano Chessa (on Đàn bầu)


Trio Improvisation
Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong and Luciano Chessa (on Đàn bầu)


Trio Improvisation


Trio Improvisation
Ellen Fullman


Trio Improvisation
Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong and Luciano Chessa (on Đàn bầu)


the bows


the bows
Theresa Wong, Ellen Fullman and Luciano Chessa

all photos by Styrous®


Links:

Ellen Fullman performances, talks and interviews can be seen on Vimeo and YouTube
Theresa Wong performances can be seen on YouTube
Konrad Sprenger performances/music can be seen on YouTube
Luciano Chessa videos can be seen on YouTube
Ryan P. Jobes can be seen on YouTube and heard on SoundCloud
The Jobes/Siler Ensemble can be seen on YouTube

Viewfinder article: Ellen Fullman 2009 concert @ the BAM/PFA


What an exciting evening of 
acoustic exploration 
and visual stimulation!


Styrous® ~ September 14, 2013


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