hi ensemble

hi is a duo featuring Julie Herndon (keys, voice, electronics) and John Ivers (clarinets, electronics). Using song and synthesis, hi creates reactive, malleable musical structures that experiment with perceptual time and performance space through light, filters, and text. Their sound references ambient spectralism, futurist drone pop, and free improvisation. Since debuting in Singapore in 2016, hi's trans-Pacific collaborations include performances at Artistry Space in Singapore, High Desert Soundings at Joshua Tree, and the Luggage Store in San Francisco.

Julie Herndon is a multimedia composer and performer. Her electroacoustic work has been described as “striking” and “blended to inhabit a surprisingly expressive space” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Her compositions have been performed by ensembles including JACK Quartet, Ensemble Proton Bern, Line Upon Line Percussion, Retro Disco, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Elevate and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Performances include festivals and venues such as Artistry Space and Hotel Vagabond in Singapore, soundSCAPE in Italy, Zen Mountain Cloud Center in Santa Fe, Megapolis Audio Art Festival in Oakland, and Hot Air Festival in San Francisco. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Stanford University.
John Ivers iis a Bay Area composer, clarinetist, sound artist, and improviser known for his dynamic compositions and aural explorations. Traversing both acoustic and electronic mediums, his work explores intimate musical textures, symmetrical constructions, structured improvisation, and multiple temporal spaces. Ivers’ work has been featured at the soundSCAPE, Cluster, and Atlantic music festivals. He has written for ensembles such as Quartetto Indaco, Amaranth Quartet, Brooklyn College’s ConTempo Ensemble, for the Leftcoast Chamber Ensemble’s Intersection workshop, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. His recent work on Distant Radio Transmission with Roscoe Mitchell has been featured by the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble directed by Petr Kotik, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Tonino Battista, at Ostrava Days Festival, and at the de Young Museum, San Francisco conducted by Steed Cowart.