Ellen Fullman has been developing her installation, the Long String Instrument, for nearly 30 years; exploring the acoustics of large resonant spaces with her compositions and collaborative improvisations. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, commissions and residencies including: a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award; two Center for Cultural Innovation Grants (2008 and 2013); a Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission/NEA Fellowship for Japan (2007); and a DAAD Artists-in-Berlin residency (2000). Fullman has recorded extensively with this unusual instrument. Releases include: Through Glass Panes (Important Records, 2011); Fluctuations, with trombonist Monique Buzzarté (Deep Listening Institute), selected as one of the top 50 recordings of 2008 by the Wire and awarded an Aaron Copeland Fund for Music Recording Program Grant; and Ort, recorded with Berlin collaborator Konrad Sprenger (Choose Records), selected as one of the top 50 recordings of 2004 by the Wire. Fullman’s work was cited by Alvin Lucier in his Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music (Wesleyan University Press, 2012) and by David Byrne in How Music Works (McSweeney’s, 2012. Ellen has been invited to give the Distinguished Alumni Lecture for 2016 at her alma mater, the Kansas City Art Institute.
Composed by Ellen Fullman and Travis Weller
Performance in Austin Texas, August 15, 2015 at Saengerrunde Hall
Ellen Fullman, long string instrument
Travis Weller, owl, skiffs, violin, viola, box bow
Andrew Stoltz, owl, box bow, long string instrument
Big thanks to Henna Chou for the GoPro footage, Andrew Stoltz and his students for the additional camera and to James Talambas for sound reinforcement, recording and mixing.
A snapshot impression of Fullman’s music and compositional practice.
Performance of the Long String Instrument at Seaholm Power Plant, Austin Texas, 2010. Concert sponsored by Austin New Music Co-op. Box Bow performers: Nick Hennies and Travis Weller. Recorded by James Talambas.