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Ever since I can remember I have played by ear. My father encouraged me to learn reading music when I was very small but usually I'd trick him into playing the passage on the violin so that I could hear it first. Then it was easy. Playing by ear leads to a particular bonding with the instrument, something that cannot be gained by practicing repertoire. Soon I was improvising spontaneously on the cello and with my voice. My parents, who loved classical music thought I was crazy: it wasn't written down therefore what was it? When I lived in Rome I played with several groups including Nuove Forme Sonore and worked with Giacinto Scelsi. The latter influenced my exploration of solo improvisation as a means of preliminary composition. Soon I realized that monodic playing wouldn't satisfy the need for explicit harmonic progression, and I found a way to use two bows in one hand. This gave the possibility of playing sustained two, three, and all four strings simultaneously. With a growing interest in electronic manipulation of sound I began to work with various sound designers and technicians. I worked with analogue systems for years and in 1996 designed a patch that would feed my acoustical cello into the computer. In 2002 I commissioned a 6 string electric cello to be built to custom specifications. The broader range and harmonic spectrum of 6 strings with two bows will allow me to explore a new musical poetry. Frances-Marie Uitti



AngelicA 13 - Festival Internazionale di Musica - 2003  

AngelicA - Festival Internazionale di Musica - tredicesimo anno - abissale & aderente - Bologna, Modena - 13>18 maggio 2003