American-born Frances-Marie Uitti has pioneered a revolutionary dimension to the cello by transforming it into a polyphonic instrument capable of sustained chordal (two, three, and four-part) and intricate multi-voiced writing. Using two bows in one hand, her playing technique permits contemporaneous cross accents, multiple timbres, contrasting 4-voiced dynamics, and simultaneous legato-articulated playing, stretching far beyond her previous work with a curved bow.
Uitti has composed extensively to public and critical acclaim, the latter comparing the two bow sound to a "transfigured string quartet." György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, Louis Andriessen, Jonathan Harvey, Richard Barrett, Vinko Globokar, Jay Alan Yim, Clarence Barlow, Guus Janssen, Martijn Padding, Geoffrey King, among others, have used this technique in their works dedicated to her. She has enjoyed significant collaborations with John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, and Luigi Nono, and also worked closely with Iannis Xenakis, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey.
Uitti tours extensively throughout the world, appearing regularly in such festivals as The Biennale Di Venezia, Strasbourg Festival, Gulbenkian Festival, Ars Musica, Holland Festival, etc and for radios and televisions in Europe, Japan and The United States. She has premiered the cello concerti, dedicated to her, by Per Nørgård and Jonathan Harvey, and continues to collaborate with a variety of today’s most innovative artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Scanner (Robin Rimbaud), pianist Rolf Hind, guitarist Elliott Sharp, filmmaker Frank Scheffer, and video master Ferenc van Damme. Her compositions can be heard on Uitti 2 Bows, Edipan Recordings, Etcetera, Bv Haast, Jdk Productions, CRI, Raretone, Mode, Wergo, and Hat Hut.
As the result of a serious back problem, Ms. Uitti was a last minute cancellation and unable to appear at Other Minds 13.
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