AT MUNCH, the cellist and performer/composer Judith Hamann will perform compositions investigating the acts of shaking and humming. These dual inquiries consider each act as oscillating between the interior and exterior. In their performances, Hamann develops a profoundly embodied practice, one that deliberately confronts the limits of the body. Scholar and writer Nora Fulton will join Hamann on stage, accompanying their compositions with original readings.
Judith Hamann is a cellist and performer/composer from Naarm/Birraranga (Melbourne), Australia, now based in Berlin. Hamann’s performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, contemporary classical, experimental, and popular music. Hamann undertook their doctoral studies with renowned cellist Charles Curtis, with whom they are currently engaged in a discourse-based project, Materialities of Realisation. They have additionally demonstrated a capacity for improvisation and engagement with sonic arts through work with artists Dennis Cooper, Éliane Radigue, Áine O’Dwyer, Ilan Volkov, Toshimaru Nakamura, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, among others. Their recorded appearances include Tashi Wada’s Duets, Graham Lambkin’s Community, Alvin Lucier’s Illuminated By The Moon, and Gossamers, with Rosalind Hall.
Nora Fulton is a poet and PhD student, currently living in Montreal. She is pursuing her doctoral studies with a focus on philosophy, trans theory, and poetics. She is the author of three books of poetry — Life Experience Coolant (2013), Presence Detection System (2019), and her latest publication Thee Display (2021). She recently contributed liner notes to Judith Hamann’s solo albums, Shaking Studies and Music for Cello and Humming (both 2020) published by Blank Forms Editions.
The concert is presented in partnership with Blank Forms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting emerging and historically significant artists who produce work across disciplines, often rooted in traditions of experimental and creative music.