Sat April 6, 2024

Luisa Muhr in Trialogue with Maria Grand & Eric Arn (A/USA/CH)

Luisa Muhr: voice
Maria Grand: tenor saxophone
Eric Arn: guitar

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"[...] Luisa Muhr and sound sculptor C. Lavender improvised a literally mesmerizing, often haunting multimedia sonata of sorts, complete with variations on a series of recurrent tropes and gestures."

"Her timing was striking to witness. For much of the performance, Muhr swayed, turned, rose and fell at halfspeed, as if underwater. Much of her time onstage was spent contending with an invisible tether, which seemed to encircle her, encumber her feet, hung in front of her face where she could analyze it, then became a sudden threat. But just when it seemed that it had finally sent her into a fetal position, and then a crumpled form at the very edge of the stage, she rose from the depths, slowly but ineluctably, in an understatedly steely display of athletic command."

"Muhr’s green eyes are profoundly expressive: like a young Liv Ullmann, she excels at channeling very subtle or conflicted emotions. At times, Muhr’s features were undeterred yet shadowed with unease, especially toward the end of the show where she dealt with what could have been an unseen mirror, a hostile presence lurking beyond the stage, or both. Likewise, during the tether sequence, she fixed her gaze with an unwavering composure but also a profound sadness. This may have been a job she had to finish, but it was ripping her up inside. What exactly was responsible for that, we never found out, although any woman in the current political climate faces an uphill struggle with no comfortable conclusion in sight." (C. Lavender, New York Music Daily and Lucid Culture)

Luisa Muhr is a vocalist and multimedia/interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York and comes from Berndorf in Lower Austria. The place where our longtime "house & court photographer" Rainer Rygalyk set up his domicile. It was also Rainer who drew my attention to Luisa Muhr and she was recommended to me by someone else. By none other than my friend John Zorn, who will be performing with New Masada at the end of this month. Wonderful advocates, then. We are looking forward to Luisa Muhr's P&B premiere with her trio and are already very excited. Welcome to the club! CH