Charlotte Hug All Ages Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., April 7, 8 p.m. 2012

In her search for new sounds, Swiss violist Charlotte Hug has pushed the boundaries of technique and methodology. She's rapped the instrument like a hand drum, teased out airy scrapes and soggy squelches by playing it with a soaking wet bow, and bridged structure and spontaneity by using hand-drawn representations of earlier improvisations as scores. On her latest solo CD, 2010's Slipway to Galaxies (Emanem), Hug puts the spotlight on her original instrument—her voice. Though she's sung along with her playing in recent years, this is the first time she's put her wordless vocals on equal footing with her viola, and the fluidity with which she shifts between equine whinnies, avian warbles, and Walking Dead-style zombie gargles proves that she's just as virtuosic in both disciplines. Hug will both sing and play viola at this solo concert. —Bill Meyer

Price: $10, $8 ESS members

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