St. Mary's: Frances-Marie Uitti + Ayman Fanous

Frances-Marie Uitti and cellist

Date: February 15, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 P.M.
Place: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 728 23rd ST NW, Washington DC 20037 (directions)
Tickets: $20 at door

Cellist Frances-Marie Uitti joins guitarist-lutenist-oudist Ayman Fanous for an evening of extraordinary music.

Uitti has pioneered a revolutionary technique that transforms the cello into a polyphonic instrument capable of sustained chordal (two-, three-, and four-part) and intricate multivoiced writing. She uses two bows in one hand for cross accents, multiple timbres, contrasting 4-voiced dynamics, simultaneous legato/articulated playing.

György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, Louis Andriessen, Jonathan Harvey, and Richard Barrett are among those who have used this technique in their works dedicated to her.

Ayman Fanous began music with classical violin but switched to the guitar. He melds classical and flamenco guitar technique into contemporary free improvisation on guitar, bazouki, and oud. He has performed at St. Mary's over the past two years alone with Kinan Azmeh (2009, 2010) and Jason Kao Hwang (2010).

Embassy of Finland
Italian Cultural Institute
Culture Mob


Ayman Fanous: Solo Guitar and Greek Bouzouki:
  • Improvisation on Heitor Villa-Lobos' Etude No. 1
  • Improvisation on Greek Bouzouki
  • Improvisation on Heitor Villa-Lobos' Prelude No. 2
Frances-Marie Uitti: Solo Cello:
  • Salvatore Sciarrino: Ai Limiti della Notte
  • Jonathan Harvey: Curve with Plateaux
  • György Kurtág: Message to Frances-Marie
  • Giacinto Scelsi: Ygghur
  • Frances-Marie Uitti: Rap't
Frances-Marie Uitti and Ayman Fanous:
  • Cello-Guitar Improvisations

acamar (3): Frances Marie Uitti
Duration: 06 minutes 06 seconds

Ayman Fanous -- Solo Bouzouki
Duration: 07 minutes 54 seconds

Sponsors: Consulate General, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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