BEAM SPLITTER – Audrey Chen and Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø – is a duo for amplified voice, trombone and occasional analog electronics. Utilizing the pure sounds of acoustic and closely amplified sound sources, the duo joins together two individual voices into a distinct dialog that delves beyond the borders of the corporeal elements of extended technique and sound. There is an intimacy and conflict that becomes evident as the two personas intertwine, in moments joining together seamlessly and in the next, being left with the feeling of irrevocable fracture. The two manage between these extremes with a kind of improvised grace that reveals an effort towards a common goal. It is an honest metaphor for a human relationship in process that even in the most serene moments can leave one raw and entirely exposed.
Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer, and electroacoustic performer known for her pioneering approach on her electronically processed accordion and investigation of embodiment and chance with her self-designed virtual sound-processing instruments. Described as a “sound-ist,” of “protean,” talent by critic Steve Smith, Parkinsʼ laptop electronics, amplified objects, and Fender-amped accordion create sonic fields of lush harmonics and sculpted electronic feedback, punctuated by moments of gap and rift.
Parkins’ works encompass multi-diffusion audio installations; electronic music pieces; electroacoustic solo and ensemble compositions; and sound for contemporary dance, experimental film and intermedia performance.Parkinsʼ recent projects include her large-scale amplified performance drawing series, developed in 2017 when she was an invited resident artist at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida; and her site-based performance/installation, Two Rooms – Variation 1, for 40 loudspeakers and Solo Performer which premiered in 2016 at Akousma Festival in Montreal.
biegungen im Ausland Presents [strömungen] w/ BEAM SPLITTER + Andrea Parkins
Audrey Chen – voice, electronics
Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø – trombone, electronics
Andrea Parkins – accordion, electronics
12.6.2021 | Start 20:00 CET
LIVE STREAM on the ausland youtube channel
Picture © BEAM SPLITTER by Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard
Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa