hi features composer/performers Julie Herndon (keys, electronics) and John Ivers (clarinets, electronics). The duo is committed to exploring the edges of song and synthesis, making malleable musical structures of relational sound. Their work together includes light, spectral drone pop, text, and free improvisation. Since debuting in Singapore in 2016, their collaborations include performances at High Desert Soundings in Joshua Tree, the Luggage Store in San Francisco, and Se8tembr10 at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, broadcast at ARCUB in Bucharest, Romania.
Julie Herndon is an Oakland-based composer and performer working with internal/external space through improvisation, text, graphics, and electronics. Her work explores the body’s relationship to the self, to performance, and to tools like musical instruments and personal technology. Her electroacoustic work has been described as “blended to inhabit a surprisingly expressive space” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Her recent compositions have been performed by ensembles including JACK Quartet, Dal Niente, Ensemble Proton Bern, Line Upon Line Percussion, TAK Ensemble, Retro Disco, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Stanford University.
John Ivers is a composer and improviser exploring hybrid creative practices. Traversing both acoustic and electronic mediums, Ivers engages intimate sonic textures, unique improvisational voices, and dynamic musical structures to unravel traditional composer-performer relationships. Ivers’ work has been performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Quartetto Indaco, Amaranth Quartet, Aperture Duo, Brooklyn College’s ConTempo Ensemble, and by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s Intersection workshop. His work has been featured at the soundSCAPE, highSCORE Cluster, and Atlantic music festivals, and his recent collaboration with Roscoe Mitchell on Distant Radio Transmission has been featured by the Orchestra of the SEM, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, at Ostrava Days Festival, and at the de Young Museum. Ivers is an active clarinetist and improviser, performing with Dirt & Copper, hi duo, and Portato Portato.