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Ellen Fullman

Berkeley, CA   

Ellen Fullman has been developing her installation, the Long String Instrument, since the early 1980s, exploring the acoustics of large resonant spaces with her compositions and collaborative improvisations. This project has encompassed the study of Just Intonation tuning theory, development of a tablature graphic notation system, experiments with various wire alloys and gauges, and wooden resonator box design and fabrication. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists (2015); a one year DAAD Artists-in-Berlin residency (2000); Center for Cultural Innovation grants (2008 and 2013); and a Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission/NEA Fellowship for Japan (2007). Her many recordings include: The Long String Instrument (Superior Viaduct, 2015) first issued on Apollo Records in 1985 and selected as the number one reissue for 2015 by the Wire; Ort (Choose Records, 2004) produced by Berlin based collaborator Konrad Sprenger and voted in the Top 10 recordings of the year by the Wire; and Fluctuations (Deep Listening Institute, 2007) a collaboration with trombonist Monique Buzzarté that garnered an Aaron Copland Fund grant. Fullman currently has three albums in production for 2020. She has been invited to perform in festivals and venues around the world, and for many academic residencies including: Princeton, Cornell, Grinnell, UC San Diego, University of Houston, and her alma mater the Kansas City Art Institute, where she was invited as Distinguished Alumni Speaker and Guest Critic in 2016 and returned the next year for a one-month teaching residency. Fullman’s work was cited by Alvin Lucier in his book Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music (Wesleyan University Press, 2012) and by David Byrne in his book How Music Works (San Francisco, CA: McSweeney’s, 2012).

Lake Tullahoma

Co-composed by Travis Weller and Ellen Fullman. Performed with Andrew Stoltz.

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Sugar Camp Bottoms

Co-composed by Travis Weller and Ellen Fullman. Performed with Andrew Stoltz.

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Freeze Farm

Composed by Travis Weller. Performed with Andrew Stoltz and Ellen Fullman

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