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Frances-Marie Uitti

vc, FR
Composer of Classical

Frances-Marie Uitti, composer/performer, pioneered a revolutionary dimension to the cello by transforming it for the first time into a polyphonic instrument capable of sustained chordal (two, three, and four-part) and intricate multivoiced writing. Using two bows in one hand, this invention permits contemporaneous cross accents, multiple timbres, contrasting 4-voiced dynamics, simultaneous legato/articulated playing, that her previous work with a curved bow couldn't attain. György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, Louis Andriessen, Jonathan Harvey, Richard Barrett, Sylvano Bussoti are among those who have used this technique in their works dedicated to her. Collaborating significantly over years with radicals, Dick Raaijmakers, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi, she has also worked closely with Iannis Xenakis, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough, pianist Rolf Hind, classical pianist Alwin Bar, filmmakers Frank Scheffer and Frans Zwaartjes, avantgarde guitarist Elliott Sharp, accordionist Pauline Oliveros, DJ Scanner, DJ Low, Stephen Vitiello, video master Ferenc van Damme, Irvine Arditti, Stefano Scodanibbio, Sasha Gavrilov, and members of the Ensemble Modern. Frances -Marie Uitti tours as solist extensively throughout the world having played for audiences from New York City to Mongolia and appears regularly in such festivals as the Biennale Di Venezia, Strasbourg Festival, Gulbenkian Festival Ars Musica, Holland Festival and for radios and televisions in Europe, Japan, and the United States. The University of California Press has commissioned a 60,000 word book from her on Contemporary Cello Techniques. A massive treatise on the state of the art of cello and performance techniques from the Kodaly Sonata until the present.Her treatise New Frontiers, was also published in the Cambridge Companion to the Cello, Cambridge University Press and for Muzik Texte, Koln, and Arcana, the collected writings of composers edited by John Zorn.

     
Instruments
  • Violoncello
  • Vocals
  • Violin
Genres
  • Classical
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Spoken Word
  • Latin
Popular Tracks   
Three Latin Prayers for solo voice: Ave Maria for violoncello solo on Scelsi: Natura Renovatur by Giacinto Scelsi, Frances-Marie Uitti, Christoph Poppen & Munich Chamber Orchestra
Ygghur: 1. Old Age on Scelsi: Natura Renovatur by Giacinto Scelsi, Frances-Marie Uitti, Christoph Poppen & Munich Chamber Orchestra
Ygghur: 2. Memories on Scelsi: Natura Renovatur by Giacinto Scelsi, Frances-Marie Uitti, Christoph Poppen & Munich Chamber Orchestra
Three Latin Prayers for solo voice: Alleluja for violoncello solo on Scelsi: Natura Renovatur by Giacinto Scelsi, Frances-Marie Uitti, Christoph Poppen & Munich Chamber Orchestra
Ygghur: 3. Catharsis on Scelsi: Natura Renovatur by Giacinto Scelsi, Frances-Marie Uitti, Christoph Poppen & Munich Chamber Orchestra
Procyon on Peregrinations by Frances-Marie Uitti & Elliott Sharp
Alnilam on Negoum by Ayman Fanous & Frances-Marie Uitti
2 am on Gramercy by Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti
Adhara on Negoum by Ayman Fanous & Frances-Marie Uitti
Philia's dream, for cello and synthesizer on Jonathan Harvey, Cello Concerto, Curve with plateaux, Sketches and Philia's dream by Jonathan Harvey, The Arturo Toscanini Orchestra, José Ramón Encinar & Frances-Marie Uitti

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
GramercyGareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti2012Album
Terra IncognitaGareth Davis, Frances-Marie Uitti2012Album
Utopian SpacesFrances-Marie Uitti2011Album
Natura RenovaturGiacinto Scelsi - Frances-Marie Uitti, Münchener Kammerorchester, Christoph Poppen2006Album
There Is Still TimeFrances-Marie Uitti / Paul Griffiths2004Album
Uitti / VitielloFrances-Marie Uitti / Stephen Vitiello2000Album
SonomondoMark Dresser, Frances-Marie Uitti2000Album
ImprovisationsFrances-Marie Uitti and Elliott Sharp1997Album
Three In OneErnstalbrecht Stiebler - Eberhard Blum, Marianne Schroeder, Robyn Schulkowsky, Frances-Marie Uitti1996Album
Uitti 2 Bows (Improvisations)Frances-Marie Uitti1995Album
ImaginingsFrances-Marie Uitti • Jonathan Harvey1994Album
Music For CelloJonathan Harvey, Frances-Marie Uitti1993Album
The New York SchoolEarle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff - Eberhard Blum, Frances-Marie Uitti, Nils Vigeland1992Album
Works For Cello • Lecture On NothingJohn Cage - Frances-Marie Uitti1991Album
45' / 34'46.776" / 31'57.9864" / 27'10.554" / 26'1.1499" / 4'33" / Music For Five / TwoJohn Cage - Eberhard Blum / Marianne Schroeder / Robyn Schulkowsky / Frances-Marie Uitti / Nils Vigeland1991Album
Streichquartett No. 3 / Solo No. 5 Für Baßflöte / Solo No. 4 Für VioloncelloLászló Dubrovay - Arditti Quartet / Eberhard Blum / Frances-Marie Uitti1988Album
Retrospective 1949-1981Lejaren Hiller - Yvar Mikhashoff / Frances-Marie Uitti1984Album
The Second BowFrances-Marie Uitti1980Album
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