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Ellen Fullman: Tracings

November 18, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B

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Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Doors 5:00, KALX DJ Velvet Einstein 6:30

Thirty years ago, Ellen Fullman began developing her lifework, the Long String Instrument. Dozens of metallic strings, some seventy feet long, will stretch in parallel across our gallery space, and rosin-coated fingers will brush across the strings, producing a chorus of organ-like overtones that has been likened to the experience of standing inside an enormous grand piano. In her return to the L@TE program, Fullman brings a new work called Tracings, a chamber ensemble piece composed for two sites: BAM/PFA and Battle Hall in Austin. The composition incorporates sounds and harmonies based on the meticulously measured architectural features and resonant frequencies of each building.

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On Thursday, November 17 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fullman will showcase her one-of-a-kind Long String Instrument in a workshop and demonstration. Learn the stories and techniques behind its construction and get a chance to experience this unique sculptural work of art up close. Included with museum admission. Read about more sneak preview events this week on our blog, Blook.

L@TE is made possible in part by the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Special thanks to our media sponsors, East Bay Express and San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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