Fred Frith, Susana Santos Silva, Heike Liss Multimedia Concert

October 4, 2019 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall

The McIntire Department of Music is pleased to present Fred Firth, Susana Santos Silva, and Heike Liss' multimedia concert on October 4 at 8:00pm in Old Cabell Hall. 

Fred Frith is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, who has been making noise of one kind or another for almost 50 years, starting with the iconic rock collective Henry Cow, which he co-founded with Tim Hodgkinson in 1968.

Frith is best known as a pioneering electric guitarist and improviser, song-writer, and composer for film, dance and theater. Through bands like Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, and Cosa Brava, he has stayed close to his roots in rock and folk music while branching out in many other directions.

Composing for dance throughout his long career, Frith has worked with Rosalind Newman and Bebe Miller in New York, François Verret and Catherine Diverrès in France, and Amanda Miller and the Pretty Ugly Dance Company over the course of many years in Germany, as well as composing for two documentary films on the work of Anna Halprin.

Theater credits include the Creation Company in New York and François-Michel Pesenti’s Théâtre du Point Aveugle in Marseille, where he spent six months in 1990 working with “jeunes rockers en chômage des quartiers défavorisés” (young unemployed rock musicians from the ghettos) on the opera Helter Skelter.

His compositions have been performed by ensembles ranging from Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble Modern to Concerto Köln and Galax Quartet, from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to the ROVA and Arte Sax Quartets, from rock bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Ground Zero to the Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra.

Film music credits include the acclaimed documentaries Rivers and Tides, Touch the
Sound and Leaning into the Wind, directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, The Tango
Lesson, Yes and The Party by Sally Potter, Werner Penzel’s Zen for Nothing, Peter Mettler’s Gods, Gambling and LSD, and the award-winning (and Oscar-nominated) Last Day of Freedom, by Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones.

Frith has performed works by and sometimes alongside composers including John Luther Adams, Alvin Curran, George Lewis, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, and Christian Wolff; improvised with Derek Bailey, Joëlle Léandre, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, and Zeena Parkins, to name a few; collaborated with classical virtuosi Dame Evelyn Glennie, Katia Labèque, Viktoria Mullova, and Werner Bärtschi; and—as session musician—recorded on albums by Brian Eno, The Residents, Violent Femmes, and John Zorn, among many others.

The recipient of Italy’s Demetrio Stratos Prize for his life’s work in experimental music and an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire, Frith is Professor Emeritus at the legendary epicenter of American experimental music, Mills College in Oakland, California. He still teaches in the improvisation Master’s program at the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland and as visiting faculty in the Universidad Austral in Valdivia, Chile, where he has been collaborating on the creation of a new School of Music and Sound Art.

Frith is the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel’s much loved Step Across the Border, cited by Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the 20th century’s hundred most influential films.

Susana Santos Silva is a trumpeter, improviser and composer from Porto, Portugal. In recent years, she has been considered by the international press to be one of the strongest emerging voices in contemporary jazz and improvised music. 

With a singular approach/voice that comes out of a comprehensive spectrum of influences— from classical and contemporary music to jazz and textural sound art—she is interested in stretching the boundaries of the instrument and in exploring new ways of expression within music.

Silva leads her projects Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms, and co-leads duos with Torbjörn Zetterberg (also in trio with Hampus Lindwall), Kaja Draksler, Hearth, and Child of Illusion. She is also part of Mats Gustafsson’s Nu Ensemble, Fire! Orchestra, LAMA, Per-Åke Holmlander’s Carliot Orchestra, Torbjörn Zetterberg Och Den Stora Frågan, and Coreto.

Silva has been traveling, performing and recording with many amazing musicians in Portugal,

Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Italy, Greece, Egipt, Morocco, Ireland, UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, USA, Uruguay, Argentina, Brasil, United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia.

Heike Liss, performance artist, video artist, and photographer, was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. She studied Ethnology and Social Anthropology at the University of Tübingen. Her early experiences as a photographer included a three month trip to Ethiopia on the one hand, and years working in a Polaroid portrait studio on the other. During the 1990s she exhibited her photos of musicians at festivals such as Music Unlimited in Wels (Austria), Musique Actuelle in Nancy (France), and the International New Jazz Festival in Moers (Germany), as well as Les Laboratoires d' Aubervilliers (Paris), FNAC (Marseille), and the Escuela di Arquitectura (Osorno, Chile). In 2002 Liss received her Masters of Fine Arts from Mills College, Oakland, California. She was awarded the 2001 Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fine Arts Fellowship in San Francisco and the 2002 Fellowship at The Photography Institute in New York City. Since then, her work has been shown throughout North America and Europe, in places such as Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Fluctuating Images (Stuttgart), Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (Strasbourg), The Antimatter Festival (Victoria, B.C.), OneTake Filmfestival (Zagreb), New Museum School (Boston), Arts Commission Gallery (San Francisco), and the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (Yerevan). She has collaborated with artists across many disciplines, including choreographer François Verret, composer and musician Fred Frith, multi-media artists Michael Trigilio and Nomi Talisman, and poet Lyn Hejinian.

As well as working in video, photography, and site-specific installation and public intervention projects, Liss acts as a curator, most recently for the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg and The Lab in San Francisco.

All programs subject to change.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

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McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176