Mar.2 - May 23, 2017 — Innovation & Society, Music, Performance Art
Residency location: Hangzhou
Partner organization: China Academy of Art (CAA), Hangzhou
Charlotte Hug, is a Swiss born intermedia artist, composer, improviser and musician of the extreme. Her innovative musical-visual solo performances in distinctive locations and her interdisciplinary work have created an international furore. Hug´s sound drawings: “Son-Icons” are the core of Hug’s artistic work and research.
Son-Icons are music to be seen, hybrids of visual art and musical notation. In the visual arena her Son-Icon-installations have found international recognition and are shown in galleries off-spaces and museums. Hug developed also a composition method with Son-Icons. Her audio-visual compositions are played by ensembles, choirs orchestras internationally (Ensemble Horizonte, Via Nova Choir Munich, Lucerne Festival Orchestra founded by Pierre Boulez etc.).
Charlotte is constantly breaking new ground with her instrument and has reinvented the viola. Her speciality is also a blend of viola and vocals using high falsetto, vibrating glottal sounds, multi-phonics and language like articulation. She seeks to develop instrumental and vocal techniques to their fullest extent, which has resulted in an unmistakable and unique tonal language. She has recorded an extensive discography including three solo CDs, on international labels.
Charlotte gives master classes in improvisation and “inter-media composition”. She was a visiting professor at several universities and art academies including McGill University Montreal, CNMAT of the University of California Berkeley, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2008 she has held the post of lecturer in inter-media composition and she is the head of the international postmasters studies Creation & Scenario in Music at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Charlotte lives in Zurich and on the road. Having completed her studies in fine arts and music, she received various awards and commissions. She has been “artist in residence” in London, Paris, Berlin, Cork capital of culture, Johannesburg and was “star artist” at the Lucerne Festival 2011.
In addition to international exhibitions, she is also fully active as a concert performer, soloist, composer and conductor of her own works and an improviser at major festivals in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and Canada. In spring 2017 Hug is artist in residence from Pro Helvetia in Shanghai and at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. This is her fist appearance in China. www.charlottehug.ch
“Sonic landscapes…beyond imagination.” FREDERICK MARONGIS – MUSIC EXTREME BUENOS AIRES
“by reinterpreting her own drawings “Son-Icons” made on site – with extraordinary results. So far the sonic potential of the viola has remained unexplored. Not any more.” DAN WARBURTON – PARISTRANSATLANTIC