Gareth Davis & Frances – Marie Uitti

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 vs articulated playing. György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, Jonathan Harvey, Richard Barrett, Horatio Radulescu, Lisa Bielawa are among many who have used this technique in their works dedicated to her.
In 2010 Frances and Gareth met at the end of a concert given by mutual friend Elliott Sharp at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis and discovered they actually lived about three streets away from each other. More important was perhaps their shared love of good food and coffee, which resulted in wonderful eating, drinking and, in turn performances and recordings. Both artists have worked extensively in different genres, ranging from the strict notation of contemporary classical pieces to free improv, experimental rock and electro – acoustic soundscapes. The result is a collaboration that can, somewhat uniquely, tackle anything from newly commissioned works and contemporary repertoire through to soundscapes and free improvisation.

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