Sunday, July 10, 2016

USA/FRANCE: Ayman Fanous and Frances-Marie Uitti at Le Poisson Rouge July 25th 7pm

Le Poisson Rouge presents the duo of Ayman Fanous and Frances-Marie Uitti
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On July 25th at 7pm,
Le Poisson Rouge


Ayman Fanous, Guitars
Frances-Marie Uitti,
Acoustic and Electric Cello
 Concert and Ticket Details Available Here

 Ayman Fanous and Frances-Marie Uitti have been performing as a duo since 2011. Their music has been described as "extemporaneous music of rare beauty and intelligence" (Washington Post, 2011).

 They bring together their wide-ranging individual influences, which span contemporary classical, free improvisation, jazz, flamenco, middle eastern classical, and electronica. Both musicians have a strong interest in the limitless harmonic and timbral possibilities of their instruments.

 Featured in this concert will be Uitti's unique custom built eCello by master luthier Erik Jensen, processed using laptop electronics. Rarely heard, this is a premier occasion to experience the new sound worlds evoked by Fanous and Uitti!

 Ayman Fanous has been described as a “master musician/composer pursuing the most imaginative alternatives to the status quo… who has honed distinctive and unconventional methods on both guitar and bouzouki, managing to synergize classical, flamenco, and free jazz techniques” (Karl Ackerman, His signature sound has been described as a “stylistic amalgam of Derek Bailey and Paco de Lucia” (Jay Collins, Signal to Noise). In addition to the guitar, Fanous also reaches back into his Egyptian ancestry in improvisations on the bouzouki. This is informed by many years of absorbing influences from the musical traditions of the Arab world, Turkey, India, North Africa, Persia, and the Balkans. More recently, he has developed extended electric guitar techniques using a slide.
>> Although he has only recently begun to release recordings, he has led duos, trios, and quartets with numerous world-renowned jazz and improvisational musicians, including Frances-Marie Uitti, Bern Nix, Tomas Ulrich, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman, Joe McPhee, Denman Maroney, Mat Maneri, Lori Freedman, Greg Howard, Daniel Levin, Kinan Azmeh, Chris Speed, Andrea Parkins, Ikue Mori, Susan Alcorn, and Tatsuya Nakatani.

 Ayman Fanous on Soundcloud

 According to the Washington Post, “The spectacularly gifted cellist Frances-Marie Uitti has made a career out of demolishing musical boundaries. She has developed new techniques (most famously, playing with two bows simultaneously), collaborated with a who's who of contemporary composers, and pushed the cello into realms of unexpected beauty and expression… Uitti showed why she might be the most interesting cellist on the planet.” and from the Guardian 2015, Uitti is “the world’s most influential experimental cellist”

 Frances-Marie Uitti on the web
 and on Twitter