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Maggie Nicols, Caroline Kraabel, Charlotte Hug.: On Dizziness

Read "On Dizziness" reviewed by John Eyles

Maggie Nicols, Caroline Kraabei and Charlotte Hug first came together as a trio in the autumn of 2000 when they played together in Nicols' front room. In May 2001 they came together again, playing a concert at the (now defunct) Freedom of the City festival in London's Conway Hall. At the same venue, on June 4th, 2001, they were recorded, without an audience, by Martin Davidson for his Emanem label. The resulting album, Transitions was released on the label in ...

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Two contrasting releases from Charlotte Hug on the Fundacja Słuchaj! label

Read "Two contrasting releases from Charlotte Hug on the Fundacja Słuchaj! label" reviewed by John Eyles

For many followers of improvised music, their first experience of Switzerland's Charlotte Hug was around the turn of the millennium, as a viola player, an instrument on which she was classically trained. In collaborations such as the all-female trio with Maggie Nicols and Caroline Kraabel, or the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO), she soon gained a reputation as a striking performer who was not shy of deploying innovative or experimental playing techniques. Gradually, the picture of Hug was filled ...

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Charlotte Hug - Frederic Blondy: Bouquet

Read "Bouquet" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Bisognerebbe vederli dal vivo Charlotte Hug e Frederic Blondy, ma ci si può accontentare di qualche loro spezzone di concerto passato in rete. Bisognerebbe vederli, perché altrimenti si fatica a credere a ciò che si legge sulla copertina del loro ultimo album intitolato Bouquet, ossia che Charlotte Hug e Frederic Blondy suonano rispettivamente una viola e un pianoforte. Bisognerebbe vederli perché quello che imperversa nei dodici brani del disco sembra un ensemble da camera eccentrico, spericolato, schizofrenico più che un ...

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Charlotte Hug & Frederic Blondy: Bouquet

Read "Bouquet" reviewed by John Eyles

This meeting of French pianist Frédric Blondy and Switzerland's Charlotte Hug on viola and voice was studio-recorded in March 2008 in Paris. Performing as a duo since 2005, Hug and Blondy continue to do so. The album sleeve bears a phrase that is increasingly seen in recent years: “No overdubbing or electronic modification was used." In other words, everything on the album was played by the two musicians in real time. However, the aural evidence may lead some to doubt ...

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Charlotte Hug: Slipway to Galaxies

Read "Slipway to Galaxies" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There has always been something special about a performance by Charlotte Hug. Her revolutionary playing celebrated in the unique “soft-bowing" technique has turned the shrill glissandi of the viola into hues of deep, indulgent warmth. As her passion for the human interaction with her instrument developed, she began to meld her unique vocalistics, as well as her “Son-Icons" into her artful reinvention of the viola and her music. Although nothing about her work may ever be described as typical, Slipway ...

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Charlotte Hug: Slipway to Galaxies

Read "Slipway to Galaxies" reviewed by John Eyles

On parts of her last Emanem release, Fine Extensions (2010)--a duo with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm--in addition to playing her customary viola Charlotte Hug also used her voice. She sang in a quasi-operatic style as well as vocalizing, to produce eerie, other-worldly sounds, her voice combining with and complementing the strings to good effect. Now, on Slipway to Galaxies, Hug uses her voice for the first time on a solo recording. Recorded at the studio of Swiss radio DRS, ...

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Charlotte Hug - Fred Lonberg-Holm: Fine Extensions

Read "Fine Extensions" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Charlotte Hug, violista membro dell'attuale line-up della London Improvisers Orchestra, attiva nel mondo dell'arte visiva e perennemente in viaggio d'arte fra Zurigo e Londra, viene spesso citata accanto a John Butcher, Phil Minton, Maggie Nichols, Evan Parker, Elliot Sharp e altri nomi dell'avanguardia moderna per la duttile creatività al servisio del “design scenico" collegato a improvising act elettroacustici, installazioni sonore, musica per teatro e cinema d'avanguardia. In breve, una sorta di nova musicha per arredamento come voleva e sarebbe piaciuto ...


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