Lou Mallozzi is a Chicago-based artist known primarily for his work in sound, often with a focus on dismembering and reconstituting language, gesture, and signification. His work includes performances, installations, music works, recordings, and radio works. In addition, he has a visual art practice that includes drawing and other media. He has performed and exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, including projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Arts Club in Chicago, the Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington, Experimental Intermedia New York, "Le Cri du Patchwork" on Radio France, Ausland Berlin, Podewil Berlin, TUBE Audio Art Series Munich, and the Radiorevolten Festival Halle. In addition to his solo works, Mallozzi often collaborates with artists, filmmakers and musicians. These have included Sandra Binion, Michael Vorfeld, Alessandro Bosetti, Michael Zerang, Frédéric Moffet, Antonia Contro, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Charlotte Hug, Jaap Blonk, Vincent Raude, and many others. He has received support for his work that includes several fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, and artist residencies through the Chicago-Lucerne Sister Cities Program, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, Ragdale Foundation, and Spritzenhaus Hamburg. He is on the faculty of the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder and former executive director of Experimental Sound Studio.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

European tour 2011

From May 21 to June 9, I had a three-week tour in Switzerland and Berlin. I was fortunate to have some generous and talented collaborators (including old friends and total strangers), and some excellent audiences in terms of both numbers and attention.

I started off in Switzerland with three performances with a first-time ever quartet comprised of Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, and me. We had three performances in Luzern, Geneva, and Vevey. Sandra joined me in Francophone Switzerland for a few days, one highlight being our boat ride from Lausanne to Vevey sipping espresso on the lake while gliding past beautiful vineyards. After a few days of rest, museum-going (tip: Konrad Witz's two 1444 paintings at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire!), and cooking in Geneva, I headed to Zurich for a duo with Christian Bucher. He and I then went to Baar, joined by Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Barb Wagner, and Pelayo Arrizabalaga. And then to Luzern's wonderful Musikforum for a CD release gig celebrating a new trio CD: Well Fed featuring Christian, Hans-Peter, and me (out now, a limited edition of 100, send me an email if you're interested!).

Next was a very pleasant 8-hour train ride from Luzern to Berlin for four very different performances in a week. First a quintet plus two dancers: Michael Vorfeld, Michael Thieke, Ute Wassermann, Olivier Toulemonde and me with dancers Arthur Staedli and Lena Meierkord. Next was a solo performance at the Certain Sundays series, where I premiered three new text pieces based on my current explorations of the suffix "ology" and subtraction, as well as two pieces from my Usi scrutati series. I then spent a day working with Alessandro Bosetti on two new text pieces for a festival in Ptuj, Slovenia. Once again, some rest, museums (tip: the Gemäldegalerie's Dutch still lifes, two Vermeers, two Bronzinos, etc.!), and more cooking (dinner for 8 at Casa Vorfeld-Heise). Then I had a duo performance with Alessandro, and finished the tour with a trio comprised of Michael Vorfeld, Chris Heenan, and me.

Thanks to everyone who performed with me, set up the gigs, provided the venues and funding, let me stay in their homes, and came to listen!