audrey chen – luca marini


AUDREY CHEN is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.

Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling.  A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.

Recently, her primary focus has been her SOLO project but she is also involved in many various collaborations. Among musicians, she has worked with Phil Minton, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Tomomi Adachi, Matana Roberts, Elliott Sharp, Aki Onda, Phill Niblock, Frederic Blondy, Jerome Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley, Mats Gustafsson, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang, Tatsuya Nakatani, Le Quan Ninh, Joe Mcphee, Susan Alcorn, Michele Doneda, Paolo Angeli, Gianni Gebbia, Dylan Nyoukis plus many more. Some more current projects have included: duos with Phil Minton, Luca Marini (kamama), Frederic Blondy, Robert van Heumen (abattoir), Katt Hernandez (Isabel), Nate Wooley (heave and shudder), Wouter Jaspers, and Id M Theft Able.

Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada and the USA. In 2011, in addition to her performances, she was awarded the prestigious Mary Sawyers Baker Prize, an award that was established to support artists living, and working in Maryland. She has now recently relocated to Berlin, Germany from Baltimore, MD USA and continues to maintain an active international touring schedule.

This year, 2012, she will be touring solo and with her two current duo projects with Phil Minton and KAMAMA, with drummer, Luca Marini. Two album releases include a trio with Nate Wooley and C. Spencer Yeh on Monotype (Warsaw), and a duo record with Phil Minton on Subrosa (Brussels). New upcoming projects include work with pianist Veryan Weston, guitarist and composer, Jean-Yves Evrard, the German artist, John Bock and with the widely acclaimed Kronos Quartet.

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LUCA MARINI (1982) is a German/Italian drummer who studied music at conservatories in Paris, Montreal, Amsterdam and New York, and continued to develop his own method and techniques while living in Berlin. Due to this diversity in his personal history, his approach to music is distinguished by this fluency and ability, to move freely between and synthesize various styles. Utilizing the standard drum kit as a foundation, Luca incorporates traditional drum techniques, various preparations and electronics to achieve a wide spectrum of textures, timbres and sounds.

He has performed and toured extensively throughout Europe and North America playing experimental music, jazz, rock, electro and pop music with bands and artists such as Nicolas Masson, Matan Gov-Ari, Jure Pukl, Ab Baars, Tomomi Adachi, Andy Moor, John Dikeman, Natalio Sued, Tom Blancarte,, Wilbert de Joode, Kenny Warren, Roberto Pianca, Bram Stadhouders, Vilijam Nybacka, Dominykas Visnyauskas, etc…

Current projects: KAMAMA with Chinese-American cellist and vocalist Audrey Chen, the duo HERBERT ECKARDT with Danish saxophonist Louise D.E. Jensen, the duo BLIN with Dutch guitarist Jasper Stadhouders, BADBOOSHBAND with Kaja Draklser and Mattia Magatelli, The LITTLE with Pär Lammers, Santiago Botero and Noe Escola, CHEZ LES PRIMITIFS with Dario Fariello and Raoul van der Weide, with Swiss-American artist TATUM G. RUSH and german band JACK BEAUREGARD.

Most recently, Luca has received the O-1 Artist Visa from the United States government in order to pursue further performance activities in the USA. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.