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Faculty Concert: Carrie Shaw with uluuul: More Than Beautiful: Experiments in Vocal Timbre 

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 7:30pm
$20 general; $15 UW affiliate; $10 students, seniors

Electroacoustic trio uluuul (Carrie Shaw, soprano; Mabel Kwan, keyboard; Mauricio Pauly, multi-instrumentalist and electronic music creator) performs music from their latest collaboration, created with support from the UW Royalty Research Fund (RRF). 

Program Note

Coming out of a RRF-supported research residency, uluuul spent a week in my garage, building instruments out of garden tools, playing synthesizers, lap steel, accordion, and processing live sound in a variety of ways, with the main goal to search for ways that unusual vocal sounds, with limited natural resonance, can be effectively threaded into a ruckus. The emotional core of the experiment comes out of a desire to use the smallest parts of my sound to build what feels like little bird’s nests, one container made of hundreds of insubstantial bits.
—Carrie Henneman Shaw


Mauricio Pauly

Mauricio Pauly is a composer, improviser and producer of hybrid (instrumental/electronic/amplified) music. As an active cross-disciplinary collaborator, his work includes numerous projects with writers, designers, programmers and theatre-makers.
His music has been featured by festivals that include Ultima Festival (Norway, 2011), Warsaw Autumn (Poland, 2013), Darmstadt International Summer Courses (Germany, 2010/12/14/16), Le Bruit de la Musique (France, 2014), Images Sonores Festival (Belgium, 2015), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Austria, 2016) and Open Ears Festival (Canada 2018). 
Recent collaborations include live-performed music and sound design for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s production of Wedekind's LULU in a sold-out 10-show run at the 2017 Salzburg Festival. FREAM AD WALL, written in collaboration with programmer and 3D animator, Gabriel Montagné, was performed by Line Upon Line Percussion as a 3-show premiere in Austin, TX and toured Europe and the UK in Fall 2019. His latest work, The Difference is the Buildings Between Us #3, was premiered in 2020 by No Hay Banda in Montreal. This year (2021) he's working in a new piece for Vancouver-based Turning Point Ensemble and collaborating in large-scale stage work with Theatre Replacement.
Pauly spent the summer of 2018 as an awarded Artist Fellow at Civitella Ranieri (Umbria, Italy). In 2017 he was Composer-in-Residence at Villa Romana (Florence, Italy) undertaking a two-part creation and performance residency. During 2014-2015 he relocated to Cambridge, MA (US) thanks to a year-long fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Pauly is a founding member of UK-based ensemble, Distractfold and was the group's artistic co-director until 2021.
Pauly is an Assistant Professor at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, Canada. Previously, he taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK (2007-2020) and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK (2011-2019). He has given workshops and masterclasses at McGill University, New York University, Brussels Royal Conservatory, Bath Spa University and Huddersfield University among others.
Mauricio was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. Since 2017, his home and studio are in Vancouver, Canada.

Mabel Kwan

Pianist Mabel Kwan is a performer of classical, improvised, and experimental music. She is fascinated by sound, contradictions, and our perceptions of what is familiar or strange.

Mabel regularly tours the U.S. with improvised music group Restroy, synthesizer duo Mega Laverne and Shirley, and electronic/instrumental trio ULUUUL. She sings vocals for the Lucky Bikes, plays piano with Fifth Season, and is a chamber musician for Bridging Memory through Music, a therapeutic intervention for patients with dementia. Mabel volunteers for TECHNE, an organization that works with young girls to build electronic instruments and improvise using music technology.

A founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente, Mabel champions the music of living composers and has performed in festivals and universities throughout North America, South America, and Europe. She performed with Dal Niente at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses when the ensemble received the 2012 Kranichstein Music Prize for interpretation. She has worked with Hans Abrahamsen, Carola Bauckholt, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, Augusta Read Thomas, George Lewis, and Enno Poppe among others.

Since 2009 Mabel has lived in Chicago. She is a 2018 High Concept Labs Artist, 2017 3Arts Awardee, and received 2016 and 2013 Individual Artist Project grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs for commissioning new works and producing concerts throughout the city.

Mabel's 2016 debut solo album, one poetic switch (Milk Factory Productions) features works written for her on piano and clavichord. In the same year she released a solo clavichord album, Inventions (Parlour Tapes+) in collaboration with composer Danny Clay and artist Andrew Barco. In 2019 Mabel released the premiere recording of the complete Trois Hommages (New Focus) by Georg Friedrich Haas. Mabel plays on Ensemble Dal Niente's albums Balter/Saunier (New Amsterdam) with rock band Deerhoof, and on the George Lewis portrait album Assemblage (New World).

Performance recognition includes Best of Classical Performances 2016 in Albany, NY for a "most impressive" live performance of Haas's Trois Hommages. Her performance with percussionist Gregory Beyer and composer Francisco Castillo Trigueros of Stockhausen's Kontakte was named Top 10 Performances of 2013 by Chicago Classical Review, praising the trio for "stunning virtuosity, musicality and resourcefulness that was almost as enjoyable to watch as to hear."

Mabel has performed solo and collaboratively at the Palacio de Belles Artes, Museo Nacional del Arte, MusicArte Festival (Panama City), Guangzhou Symphony New Music Project, Sonic Fusion Festival (Edinburgh), No Hay Banda (Montreal), SALT Festival (Victoria), Omaha Under the Radar, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, EMPAC, Ravinia, Millennium Park, Library of Congress, Walt Disney Hall, Metropolitan Museum, and Art Institute of Chicago.

A native of Austin, Texas, Mabel studied piano with Eun Young Lee, Danielle Martin, and Timothy Woolsey. She received piano performance degrees from Rice University studying with Brian Connelly, and Northern Illinois University with William Goldenberg. She enjoys fashion, literature, and camping trips with friends and family.

Newly appointed voice faculty Carrie Shaw (Ben Marcum Photo)

Carrie Henneman Shaw joined the Voice Program as an artist in residence in Autumn 2020. As a singer, Carrie engages in a wide variety of musical projects, but she focuses on early and contemporary music.

A sample of her work includes an upcoming solo recording on Naxos Records of early 18th-century French song; creating music for a live-music-for-dance project with James Sewell Ballet; and collaborating on a recording with the band Deerhoof. Carrie is a two-time winner of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and she is a member of two groups that focus on music by living composers, Ensemble Dal Niente, a mixed chamber collective, and Quince Ensemble, a treble voice quartet.

She appears in numerous recordings ranging from medieval sacred music to a video-game soundtrack, and before coming to the UW, she has been maintaining a full university studio for the six years and participating in educational residencies for composers and performers around the country, including UC-Berkeley, Stanford, New York University, the University of Chicago, and beyond.

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