The cactus – it grows where it wants, even in the most adverse conditions, it takes its space, regardless of all boundaries. In the spirit of the cactus, electric guitarist Ava Mendoza, long a resident of the southernmost U.S., has composed a solo program with her friends that has carried her through the pandemic into a new age. »Spells, hopes and prayers at the gateway between two worlds«, she calls the pieces in her program New Spells. Resistance and heat are inscribed in this young musician's adventurously expressive playing, like a mysteriously dry nostalgia.
In Resonance with Elsewhere (UA)
To cross over into »otherworlds«, Swiss violist, painter, composer and vocal performer Charlotte Hug uses her collected media. In Ireland she studied the chanting of grave diggers, who bring upper and lower worlds into contact with a peculiar vocal technique. In China, the shamanic practice of placing cicadas in the mouths of the deceased prompted her to study the mouth's interior architecture. In the process, large-scale filigree drawings she calls Son Icons underlie her enchanting performance In Resonance with Elsewhere as a score.