Dec 4th: Ellen Fullman at BAM/PFA

This Friday night at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, don’t miss a performance by Ellen Fullman on her Long String Instrument. The last performance at the PFA by Terry Riley last month was incredible, and I expect the Long String Instrument to sound beautiful in the resonant museum space. Her performances are remarkable both for the unbelievable harmonic series that she coaxes from the instrument, and well as for the strong linkage between music and movement. It is a very elegant thing watching the LSI be played, and if you haven’t seen Fullman play in person, this is not to be missed.

When: Friday, Dec. 4th 7:30 PM
Where: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
$$$: $5.00

Tickets here.

From the event description:

In 1981, composer Ellen Fullman invented the Long String Instrument, an installation of dozens of wires fifty feet or more in length, played with rosined fingers. The instrument explores natural tunings based on the overtone series and the physics of vibrating strings. Fullman will perform recent compositions for solo and ensemble on wires stretched across the gallery, turning the museum itself into a resonating instrument.

Guest performers include Theresa Wong, Emily Packard, Gretchen Jude, and Dave Douglas. Event programmed by musician and producer Sarah Cahill.

From Ellen’s Artist Statement:

My music explores this multi-dimensional matrix where threads of resultant melodic fragments emerge and intertwine, unfolding with a natural logic. Through sympathetic resonances, the acoustics of the entire room become my instrument, receptive, even vulnerable to what is put into the room. Metaphorically, the effect is like puffs of wind blowing at a candle flame from different directions. The flame projects upwardly, but responds fluidly to manipulation.

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