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World Premier of STIMMEN by Hollerweger & Scherzer

Rare Nest Gallery is proud to present

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Saturday, October 12th 2019

7 PM Reception, 7:30 Performance, 8 PM Discussion

This event is free but reservations are required

The electroacoustic composition Stimmen (German: “voices”) is a celebration of the human voice, of orality as a medium of communication that – precisely by stretching the securities of asserted meaning – reveals truth to those who keep listening in the absence of words. Berlin-based vocalist and performance artist Christine Scherzer has given this piece its voice. Florian Hollerweger, sound artist and Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, has assembled the resulting recordings into the final composition.


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As an artist and scholar of sound, Florian Hollerweger (b. 1980, Austria) develops artistic strategies for aestheticizing everyday aural experience in the context of electroacoustic music compositions, sound installations, public listening interventions, and computer music performances. He has presented his work across Europe, Great Britain, the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. Florian conducts research on 3D sound spatialization by means of binaural room impulse responses and Higher-Order Ambisonics. Before his current appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Audio Arts and Acoustics at Columbia College Chicago, Florian was a Lecturer in Music Technology at MIT (2013-17) and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2011-12) and worked for the automatic audio postproduction web service Auphonic (2012-13). He holds a Ph.D. from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a Diplomingenieur (M.Sc.) from the Graz University of Technology, Austria.



Versatile Berlin-based performing artist Christine Scherzer (b. 1978) studied History of Art in Leipzig and graduated in Jazz Vocals from the University of Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. She has participated in numerous transdisciplinary projects combining music, dance and theater. Scherzer’s collaborations with Austrian and international musicians, artists and theatre groups has incorporated various music styles (jazz, pop, classical, contemporary) and led to appearances at several international festivals across Europe. Christine was a semi-finalist at the “Montreux Jazz Voice Competition” in 2010. Apart from her career in the performing arts, since 2006, she has been devoted to performing as a Red Noses Clown Doctor to cheer up children at hospitals, elderly people and refugees.

The project 'Stimmen' is partially supported by

a Faculty Development Grant from Columbia College Chicago