TUSK Music Presents

TUSK Festival 2019

October 11-13

AUDREY CHEN

Born outside Chicago in 1976 to a Taiwanese-American family with scientific leanings, Audrey Chen broke the family mould by devoting herself to cello and voice at an early age. After many years of classical and conservatory training, she broke away in the early part of this century to, as she puts it, “begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.” Now resident in Berlin and performing at festivals and events across the globe, Chen’s musical focus errs towards the use of her homemade analog synth and traditional and extended techniques applied to both her voice and cello. Recent years have seen increasing focus on her voice. A fearless and often fearsome performer and collaborator, “her ultra-verbal vocalising, often reminiscent of the visceral and emotionally charged sound poetry of François Dufréne or Henri Chopin, exposes physiological aspects of utterance that are concealed within standardised articulation and day to day speech. Fleshy, breath-driven and flecked with spittle, Chen’s voice emanates not just from her mouth but from an ensemble of upper body surfaces, channels, passages, and cavities.” (The Wire)