Audrey Chen Duo: Voices

20 Jan 2018

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Doors: 7pm | Show: 8pm

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$15 online | $20/15 doors

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Berlin-based vocalist + cellist Audrey Chen and her guest collaborator plumb the depths of the most inherent and bodily instrument — the voice — producing improvisations are fearless, fragile, hungry, passionate, riotous, ululating and animalistic, yet ultimately human.


Focusing primarily on the interplay between the uttered sounds of the mouth and vocal chords, he duo will express, pronounce, and intensely articulate (in their fashion) the many nuanced shades of their individual and collaborative conditions.

Over the past 15 years, Audrey Chen has focused predominantly on her solo work, joining together the extended and inherent vocabularies of the cello, voice, and analog electronics. In the last few years, she has shifted back towards the exploration of the voice as a primary instrument, delving even more deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. She derives her sound material in continuous process, championing the “in-between” and over looked. Regardless of instrument, her mode of experimentation touches both the abstractly beautiful and the aggressively unsettling, creating a kind of curiously imagined architecture, non-prosaic song or ritual that reaches beyond gravity or language.

Aside from her solo work, Chen’s recent projects include her long-running voices duo with London-based artist Phil Minton and duos with NYC abstract turntablist Maria Chavez, BEAM SPLITTER, Norwegian trombonist Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, the “romantic noise duo” AFTERBURNER with Doron Sadja (electronics / light projections), modular synth player, Richard Scott, and a collaborative project with German conceptual artist John Bock. Her most recent album releases include a quartet LP with Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh and Todd Carter on Monotype (Warsaw), and a duo record with Phil Minton on Subrosa (Brussels). In 2017, she released albums with Richard Scott on Sound Anatomy (Berlin) and Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø on Corvo Records (Berlin). Her upcoming new solo LP will be released on Karl Records (Berlin) in 2018. Chen has performed across Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and the United States. She relocated to Berlin in 2011 and maintains an active international touring schedule. David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet has described her work as “fascinating and gripping” and “possessing something extremely vital and vivid.”

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