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Hug Charlotte

(31. 05. 1965)

Hug Charlotte
Hug Charlotte
Gladbachstrasse 52
CH-8044 Zürich (ZH)
Schweiz

Tel: +41 43 810 08 68
Mobile: +41 (0)76 370 77 79

www.charlottehug.ch/

 

Genre: Classical Music
Biography
Charlotte Hug, Swiss-born inter-media artist, composer, improviser and musician of the extreme. Her innovative musical-visual solo performances in distinctive locations and her interdisciplinary work have created an international furor. Hug is constantly breaking new ground with her instrument and has reinvented the viola. Her specialty is also a blend of viola and vocals using high falsetto, vibrating glottal sounds, multiphonics, and language like articulation. Hug seeks to develop instrumental and vocal techniques to their fullest extent, which has resulted in an unmistakable and unique tonal language. She has recorded an extensive discography amongst others with Elliott Sharp, Maggie Nicols, Lucas Niggli, several CDs with the Stellari String Quartet (Phil Wachsmann, Marcio Mattos & John Edwards, etc. including three solo CDs on international labels.

Having completed her studies in fine arts and classical music, she won divers awards such as "artist residences" in London, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Shanghai, the international composer fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, she was "artiste étoile" (star artist) at the world-renowned Lucerne Festival and nominated for the Classic:Next - Innovation Award 2019.

"Son-Icons" are the core of Hug's artistic work and research. Son-Icons are music to be seen, hybrids of visual art and musical notation. Hug developed a composition method with Son-Icons for interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts. Her works and room-scores are played by international ensembles, (Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Ensemble SuperMusique Montréal, Via Nova Choir Munich, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Dance Company FATC Johannesburg, etc.).

An important influence and inspiration was the long-standing participation in the London improvisers Orchestra. As a result, Hug developed open concepts and conducted the SPIO São Paulo Improvisers Orchestra, the KIO the Krakow Improvisers Orchestra etc.

In addition to exhibitions, she is fully active as a concert performer, soloist, composer and conductor of her own works at major festivals in Europa, North - und Latin America, Canada, South Africa, Russia and China (SWR Donaueschinger Musiktage, Berliner Festspiele, MaerzMusik, FIMAV Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Festival international musicà SESC São Paulo, Festival Infecting the City in Cape Town etc.)

Hug gives master classes in improvisation and "inter-media composition". She was a teaching artist or visiting professor at McGill University Montreal, CNMAT of the University of California Berkeley, University of the Witswatersrand Johannesburg, the China Academy of Art Hangzhou, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, etc. She is the head of the international postgraduate studies Creation & Scenario in Music at the Zurich University of the Arts.


Work list
Lotterie 1, 2, 3 (1999)
for viola, tuba and 3 CD players
Duration: 20' 00"-70' 00"
Manuscript
Terme (1999)
for viola solo
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Les belles du jour (2000)
for voice, viola and electronics
Texts: Franziska Baumann
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
London Suite (2000)
for viola and double bass (or voice or saxophone)
Duration: 57' 00"
Manuscript
Neuland (2000)
Music performance in three parts
for viola solo
Duration: 45' 00"
Manuscript
Sonsonic (2000)
for violin, viola and electronics
Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
Monsieur Jean fait du théâtre (2001)
for voice, flute, sax, bass clarinet, viola, violoncello and sounding objects
Duration: 60' 00"-80' 00"
Manuscript
Metallzeiten (2001)
for viola, violoncello and percussion
Duration: 55' 00"
Manuscript
Certain questions (2002)
Cycle
for viola, keyboard and electronics
Duration: 63' 00"
Manuscript
Sonorbit (2002)
for viola, electronics and "spatial partitur"
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
pi:k (2004-2005)
for viola, guitar and electronics
Together with Elliott Sharp.
Duration: 57' 00"
Manuscript
Quasar (2004)
or drawing with sounds
A concert piece with an interactive score.
In collaboration with Andy Guhl.
Duration: 45' 00"
Manuscript
Delete (2004)
Radio play music
for viola solo and live electronics
Duration: 42' 00"
Manuscript
Oedipus auf Kolonos (2007)
for voice, viola and electronics
Together with Wolfgang Siuda.
Duration: 39' 00"
Manuscript
Slipway to Galaxies (2008)
for accordion, piano and chamber orchestra
Duration: 37' 00"
Manuscript
Lift (2009)
for deep voice and viola
atl - citialin - tietl.
Together with Guillermo Galindo.
Duration: 48' 00"
Manuscript
Badlands to the Skies (2009)
for voice, viola and electronics
Spatial partitur with Son-Icons, ambisonic spatial sound diffusion, panoramic video prjection.
Colaboration with José López-Montes.
Duration: 32' 00"
Manuscript
Listening Donaueschingen (2009)
foe 3 voices, clarinet, 2 sax, viola, piano, percussion, synth and electronics
Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
Slipway to Galaxies (2010)
for voice and viola
Texts: Charlotte Hug
Duration: 65' 00"
Manuscript
Lucerne Improvisation II (2010)
for sax, accordion, 2 pianos and viola
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Nachtplasmen (2011)
for orchestra
Duration: 43' 00"
Manuscript
Näbis Neus (2012)
for voice, natural jodel, violin and viola
Co-composer: Noldi Alder.
Bodennebel - Hackbrettsolo - Andere Welten - Sou-leon - Löchlä - Geige - Naturjodel - Teufelstanz.
Duration: 48' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
FULGURATIO (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2018)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Niggli, Lucas
SON-ICON MUSIC (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2018)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Lucerne Festival Academy
Works:
Hug, Charlotte: Nachtplasmen (2011)
Paragone d’Archi (LEO Records, 2014)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Pastor, Stefano
Bouquet (EMANEM Nr. 5026, 2012)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Blondy, Frédéric
Fine extensions (EMANEM, 2010)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Slipway to galaxies (EMANEM, 2010)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Gocce stellari (EMANEM, 2009)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Lift (EDGETONE RECORDS, 2009)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Acoustic electronics (LJ CD, 2007)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
pi:k (EMANEM, 2007)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Duos with Terry Day (EMANEM, 2006)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Flying Aspidistra #5 (FLYING ASPIDISTRAS, 2006)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Brilliant days (FOR4EARS, 2003)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Domino Orchestra (EMANEM, 2003)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Ikebana, Milo Fine, London Encounters (EMANEM, 2003)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
London Improvisers Orchestra at the festival freedom of the city (EMANEM, 2003)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Neuland (EMANEM, 2003)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Certain questions (UNIT RECORDS, 2002)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Wazahugi (SOFAMUSIC, 2002)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Angel Gate (EMANEM, 2001)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Freedom of the city (EMANEM, 2001)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
London Improvisers Orchestra and Evan Parker Stringproject (EMANEM, 2001)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
The hearing continues (EMANEM, 2001)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Transitions (EMANEM, 2001)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
MauerrauM WandrauM (UNIT RECORDS, 1999)
Interpreters:
Hug, Charlotte
Bibliography
Haffter, Christoph: Auf Entzug. Charlotte Hug als "artiste étoile" am Lucerne Festival 2011, in: Dissonanz 116 (2011), S. 63-64 [Internet]