New Music Central 26.02.18: Isabelle Duthoit & Franz Hautzinger (FR/AUT)

Presenter: School of Music
  • Date: Monday, 26 February 2018 to Monday, 26 February 2018
  • Time: 07:00PM to 08:00PM
  • Location: Recital Room, UC Arts City Location, Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford St
  • Ticket: Free

Come and join us for a concert featuring international guests Isabelle Duthoit and Franz Hautzinger.

Isabelle Duthoit and Franz Hautzinger use breath as the medium behind their music, performing a nuanced and detailed exploration of texture and harmony that is filtered, shaped and amplified through trumpet, clarinet and voice. The two are virtuosos whose instrumental control navigates beauty through magnifying the minute. Their improvisations are patient and slow, allowing for a contemplative listen to these sound objects. Rather than focusing on counterpoint or rhythmic dialog, they work together blending layers into a singular sound phrase. What would seem quietly austere from other performers proves as powerfully expressive work from them.

Franz Hautzinger is an important artist in the wave of improvisers who developed new approaches to the trumpet. His role as one of the instrument's innovators was set in motion by a significant career detour. After a 6-year hiatus from an injury during the 1980’s, Hautzinger’s return to the instrument was the beginning of an important reassessment of its possibilities. In his words, his artistic career is his “history from the Total Crash to Emergency Individualism”. With a training and background in contemporary and classical clarinet, Isabelle Duthoit has an extensive background as an improviser. In 2000, she began developing a counter to her clarinet playing, combining it with a very personal and more primal improvisational vocal practice.

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