Ellen Fullman’s Long String Instrument
Ellen Fullman's work resides between the fields of sound art and music. Her primary activity has been the development of the Long String Instrument, a 53 to 200-foot string instrument in which rosin-coated fingers brush across dozens of metallic strings, producing a chorus of microtonal organ-like overtones. The instrument combines Fullman's artistic expressions of everyday activities, such as walking, with a unique performance art sensibility.
Fullman's residency will take place February 18–24, beginning with installing her instrument in Milstein Hall’s dome. Fullman's cross-disciplinary work demonstrates the physical and mathematical roots of musical intervals. In addition to workshops and demonstrations around the instrument itself, Fullman's residency will culminate in a lecture and presentation with the Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble (CAGE) and the Department of Music's visiting artist, Theresa Wong (Bay-area cellist and vocalist).
List of public events (all events take place in Milstein Hall Crit Dome, Milstein Hall, unless otherwise noted):
Monday, February 18
- 5 p.m. Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument: Design and Mechanics
- 7:30 p.m. Open Rehearsal with the Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble (CAGE)
Tuesday, February 19
- 5 p.m. 5 Variations on a Long String (Peter Esmonde) film screening, Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall
- 5:30 p.m. Demonstration and Q & A
Friday, February 21
- 5 p.m. Composers' Forum Lecture/Presentation
Sunday, February 24
- 3 p.m. Concert I
- 8 p.m. Concert II
Cosponsored by the Department of Music, Cornell Council for the Arts, CAGE, and the Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center, with additional support from AAP.
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