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Collect/Project emerges from a pool of todays highly skilled contemporary music interpreters, versed not only in classical and experimental performance techniques but also steeped in popular and folkloric music traditions. Collect/Project members seek more than mere interpretation and perfect fulfillment of a score. We seek the music within the music. We seek creative subtlety to free orthodox interpretations and reveal novel nuances. Performing not only works which deploy the creativity of the performer beyond what might be considered normal boundaries, but also taking the liberty of re-creating or re- arranging a work in new ways which still serve the original creative intent of the composer.

Collect/Project believes the art of interpretation is a fundamental component in the creation of music, for which the score can only be a reminiscence. Music in the western world is mostly a result of co-production: performers are in need of composers and vice versa. One would not exist without the other. The collection and projection of the music hidden within a score requires dedicated work of a most sensitive musician to give life to what existed, however intangible, before the committing to paper, and not merely reproduce the symbols on the paper. Collect/Project believes the art of music is desperate for interpreters with courage for such performances.


Flutist Shanna Gutierrez appears throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, clinician, and in various chamber collaborations. She has performed as a guest with ensemble interface, ensemble TZARA, Fonema Consort, and the Collegium Novum Zürich, in addition to concerts and residencies in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, South Korea, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Colombia. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her performances including, prizes at the 2011 (THINKI) and 2013 (XI) Stockhausen Courses, and the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music.  She was a founding member of Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente, recipient of the 2012 Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation. As a specialist in contemporary performance, Shanna is dedicated to promoting and advancing contemporary music in cultural life today through innovative performances and educational projects. Shanna plays on a Burkart flute and piccolo and Kingma open-hole bass and alto flutes. More information available at www.shannagutierrez.com.

As “Hamburg’s queen of avant-garde” (Hamburger Abendblatt), Frauke Aulbert boasts a vocal range of four octaves and has specialized in the contemporary vocal performance having mastered overtone- and undertone-singing, multiphonics and other timbre-altering techniques, in addition to her formal training in lyrical singing. As a vocal-sound-researcher she studies, describes and sings many different genres – including gamelan, jazz, dhrupad, beatboxing, – and applies those sounds to her interpretation of contemporary vocal music. Improvisation and performances of pieces specifically written for her voice have led to festivals all over Europe. International concert tours have included Brasil, Georgia, Tunisia and the United States. She was awarded the first prize by the Stockhausen Foundation for interpreting the INDIANERLIEDER and received long-term artists residencies in Rome and Paris (Goethe Institut and Cité International des Arts).  She studied in Kiel, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Hamburg (diploma) and has attended masterclasses with Lauren Newton, Sainkho Namchylak, David Moss, Michael Vetter, Michiko Hirayama, Linda Wise and Amelia Cuni. Her dissertation examined “Overtone Singing in Contemporary Music.” More information: www.stimmkuenstlerin.de

Eva Zöllner studied classical accordion in Cologne and Copenhagen and is one of the most active accordionists of her generation. As internationally acclaimed soloist she appears in projects ranging from experimental solo performances to concerts with renowned ensembles. An important part of her work is the close cooperation with composers of her generation. She has premiered more than 100 new works for her instrument. Lately she is particularly interested in the potential of the accordion within electro-acoustic music and multimedia art. Eva is based in Hamburg and lives as a nomadic musician, traveling around the world to explore her instrument in different cultures and contexts.

Francisco Castillo Trigueros is a composer, sound artist, and computer music programmer and performer from Mexico City residing in Chicago. He has received numerous distinctions such as the BMI Student Composer Award,  two honorable mentions in the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and three nominations for the Gaudeamus Music Prize. He often works with ensembles that integrate instruments and performers from different parts of the world and also composes for traditional classical music formations often including the use of electronics. Francisco is interested in untraditional projects that redefine the way in which we understand and listen to music. 

Luciano Berio: Altra Voce (1999) for voice, flute, 6-channel electronics

US Premiere recording (9 June, 2014)
This is a fixed position stereo capture of a 6-channel live electronics work, and as such the channels are not spatialized in this recording.
Frauke Aulbert, voice
Shanna Gutierrez, flute
Francisco Castillo Trigueros, electronics and sound projection

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Matthew Shlomowitz: Letter Piece #4 (2008) duo for performer and musician

Performance at University of Minnesota
Future of Song Program
15 February, 2015
Frauke Aulbert, voice
Shanna Gutierrez, flute

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Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf: Finite Jest (2014)

7 February, 2015: World Premiere performance
This piece represents the full capacity of vocal and instrumental capabilities of Collect/Project: the intense four-octave range and extended techniques of Frauke Aulbert, and the mastery of all the flutes and their extended sounds of Shanna Gutierrez. This concert is where we met George Lewis; this piece is one of the reasons he is writing for us.

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