Austin Wulliman SOLO (violins)//
Jessica Ackerley SOLO (guitar) //
Austin Wulliman/Marina Kifferstein/Weston Olencki TRIO (violins & synths)
As violinist in the JACK Quartet, hailed as “the nation’s most important quartet” by the New York Times, Austin Wulliman has played in such renowned venues as Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, and the Wiener Konzerthaus, and featured on such festivals as Tanglewood, Ojai, Spoleto, and Lucerne. Work with JACK has included premieres by John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Georg Friedrich Haas, Clara Iannotta, Tyshawn Sorey and John Zorn, as well as collaborations with the likes of Chaya Czernowin, Helmut Lachenmann, George Lewis, and Julia Wolfe. He has received awards from Musical America (JACK Quartet “2019 Ensemble of the Year”), the Darmstadt Ferienkurse Kranichstein Prize (Ensemble Dal Niente, 2012), and was presented with Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2019.
Marina Kifferstein is a violinist and composer based in NYC. Equally comfortable in major international venues and DIY spaces, she enjoys a diverse performance career with a focus on contemporary chamber music. She is a founding member of TAK ensemble and The Rhythm Method string quartet, and regularly performs as a guest with the Lucerne Festival, International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink, and Talea. Marina is currently a DMA candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center.
In the past decade, Jessica Ackerley has already established herself on the Canadian and American rock and jazz scene as a unique guitarist, composer and band leader. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada; Jessica now resides in New York city where she has worked alongside notable musicians such as Tyshawn Sorey and Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn). Her musical palette is diverse, drawing from highly refined compositional structure to free improvisation and jazz, with a slight nod to no wave and Avant Garde soundscapes.
Weston Olencki is a South Carolina-born musician working at the intersections of improvisation, contemporary composition & extended instrumental performance, new media technologies, and noise-based practices. His work is concerned with material conditions sound and its diffusion, using experientially-driven structures to examine sonic relationships with metaphor/signification, informational complexity, technological mediation, psycho-acoustic perception, and geographical identity.