其实他们已经不是陌生的名字了。陈皓伊曾经两次在中国巡演，参加过二皮音乐节和水陆观音。她是很多中国即兴乐手的好朋友。她的嗓音，像 Ami Yoshida 一样，有一种电子效果的绝技。她也是一位大提琴即兴高手，全力以赴，充满热量的那种。
1940年生于英国的Torquay。父母都是歌手。15岁起他开始学习小号，并且在本地的爵士乐队里演奏和演唱。1963年，他搬到伦敦，与前卫爵士作曲家Mike Westbrook合作。60年代中期，在英国，加那利群岛和瑞典的舞团中工作。1972年到1984年他是Mike Westbrook的铜管乐队的小号手和歌手，在欧洲，美国等地大量演出。
他与钢琴家Veryan Weston 合作的《狱中日记之歌》取材于胡志明的日记。他目前参加的即兴乐队有：TooT, No Walls, 5 Men Singing, fORC, Adorno, Speeq and Axon。同时他与Veryan Weston，John Butcher，Roger Turner组成了一个四重奏和三个二重奏。新组建的二重奏合作者包括Isabelle Duthoit，Maggie Nicols，陈皓伊，Terry Day，Hugh Metcalfe，Daunik Lazro 还有 Sophie Agnel。2005年他获得了Nesta大奖。在过去的15年里，他和自己的“野性合唱团”计划周游世界，为任何想唱歌的人举办工作坊。
今年，她将进行独奏巡演，以及分别和菲尔·明顿，KAMAMA以及鼓手Luca Marini合作巡演。与Nate Wooley和C. Spencer Yeh合作的三重奏专辑将在华沙的Monotype厂牌发表，与菲尔·明顿合作的二重奏专辑将在布鲁塞尔的Sub Rosa厂牌发表。未来的计划包括和小提琴演奏家Jon Rose，吉他手兼作曲家Jean-Yves Evrard，德国艺术家John Bock以及Kronos四重奏的合作。
Pm 8:30, June 21st 2012; 2Kolegas; rmb 60
(voice workshop hold by Phil Minton and Audrey Chen: pm 7, June 20 at Home Shop, Beijing; tel: 84030952)
June 15 at Jing’an Park, Shanghai, with Jun-Y Ciao and Yan Jun; pm3
June 16th at 696Live, Shanghai, with Yan Jun and Free Music Collective of Shanghai
June 17th at Yidutang, Shenzhen, pm 9, with Jun-Y Ciao
June 23rd at Banpo Art Zone (Zhangguanlidai Festival), Xi’an, pm 5, with Yan Jun and Li Jianhong
Quote from press kit: “The duo of Audrey Chen and Phil Minton began several years ago in 2006 and has been steadily developing since that time into a truly unique ensemble.
With primary focus on the interplay between the uttered sounds of the mouth and vocal chords, Minton and Chen plumb the depths of their most inherent and bodily instruments; their voices. Their improvisations are fearless, fragile, hungry, passionate, riotous, ululating and animalistic yet are, in all respects, human. They are, in collaboration, expressing, pronouncing and articulating (in their fashion) the many nuanced shades of their individual conditions.”
But these are not new names for us. As Audrey is good friend of many Chinese impro musicians. She has toured in China twice. Attended 2pi festival and Waterland Kwanyin. Her voice could be as sharp as from electronic device. Her cello playing is unique and warm. She is definitely a new star in the international improvised music scene.
Phil Minton is, no doubt, one of the masters in our time. He is a magician of lips and throat. As a traveling musician without luggage he devoted his body to the stage for decades. How many musicians got influence from him by his countless performance, discs and workshops?
Btw, he will hold a workshop for the Mars Impro Committee before the concert. So we will see a small festival of voice!
PHIL MINTON, born in Torquay, UK in 1940. Both his parents were singers. He learnt trumpet from age 15 and played and sang with local jazz groups, moving to London in 63 to play with Mike Westbrook. From the mid 60’s he worked in dance bands in the UK, Canary Islands and Sweden. Rejoining Westbrook in 72 he was a regular member of his Brass Band until 84, playing trumpet and singing extensively in Europe, USA and beyond.
Through the last 30 years he’s worked mainly as an improvising singer and sung with most of the worlds leading improvising musicians as well as been a guest singer for many composers music. He collaborated with pianist Veryan Weston on compositions such as “Songs from a Prison Diary” and is currently a member of improvising groups TooT, No Walls, 5 Men Singing, fORC, Adorno, Speeq and Axon. He also has a quartet with Veryan, John Butcher, and Roger Turner, and plays duos with these three musicians. New working duos are with singers and musicians, Isabelle Duthoit, Maggie Nicols, Audrey Chen, Terry Day, Hugh Metcalfe, Daunik Lazro and Sophie Agnel. He was a Nesta awardee in 2005 and in the last 15 years has traveled to many countries with his “Feral Choir” – a workshop and concert for all people who want to sing.
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.
Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada and the USA. She has 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 violinist, Jon Rose, guitarist and composer, Jean-Yves Evrard, the German artist, John Bock and with the widely acclaimed Kronos Quartet.
supported by British Council (as part of UK NOW)