November 19th, Thursday, 7:00 PM
In the DARC Building, DANM 108 7PM
E.A.R.T.H. Lab presents Wet Balloon Concert with conceptual sound artist Judy Dunaway.
Judy Dunaway performs avant-garde compositions and free improvisations on
amplified latex balloons played as musical instruments. She is known
internationally as a “virtuoso of the balloon.” She plays a variety of
shapes and sizes of balloon instruments, each with it’s own special
qualities, pushing the extremes of both pitch range and artistic limits.
Her large rubbed “tenor” balloon gives Jimmy Hendrix’s guitar a run for
the money and her giant balloon pulsates into the depths of the subaudio.
Her abstract music and sounds are difficult to equate with other forms,
depending upon the perception of the individual like the images seen in
fire or clouds.
Dunaway has presented her balloon works at many major venues, festivals,
museums and galleries internationally. She has performed as a balloon
player in compositions by John Zorn and Roscoe Mitchell, and in
improvisations and/or collaborations with the FLUX Quartet, performance
artist Annie Sprinkle, vocalist Jennifer Walshe, visual artists Nancy
Davidson and Ken Butler, percussionist John Hollenbeck, Fluxus sound
artist Yasunao Tone, and numerous others. CDs of her works for balloons
have been released on the CRI (Composers Recordings Inc) and Innova
labels, among others.