Images of Nicole L'Huillier holding a crystal to her ear, Julia Robert in a nude corset playing a violin at her waist, and AMET wearing a black hat and looking to the sky

Eccentric Listening 2022

Frau Musica Nova 2022: Eccentric Listening

NOVEMBER 20-27, 2022



Nicole L’Huillier
Julia Robert

Music on Main is thrilled to join Frau Musica Nova’s digital network KINSHIP to present “Eccentric Listening.”

In 2020, Frau Musica Nova launched the digital network “Kinship”. FMN’s digital guest performances are an international digital network that now, in 2022, continues to connect with production platforms, festivals and allied institutions to jointly strengthen digital presences and develop international friendships and networks. To this end, FMN is making its “Eccentric Listening” format available to its “FMN Kinship” partners. In 2022, FMN is pleased to welcome Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts Dresden, Modulus Festival by Music on Main Vancouver and Creative Arts and Industries – The University of Auckland as partners.

For “Eccentric Listening”, Frau Musica Nova invites international artists every year to assemble 30 minutes of music, moderation and sounds. This year FMN presents AMET, Nicole L’Huillier and Julia Robert. The audio shows will be available for a limited time from November 20-27, 2022.

Sound artist Elsa M’Bala was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon and lives and works in Berlin.
Under her stage name AMET, she produces live podcasts – a mixture of DJing and live radio
shows in which field recordings are interwoven live with interviews. Her sound is a reflection
on race, cultural background, gender and spirituality. It questions how an artist’s musical
output should sound like, based on their background and strives to dissolve expectations in
this regard. AMET’s works are built on heptatonic scales that break with the diatonicism of
the Western canon and derive from non-Western musical practices instead.

At first glance, Julia Robert’s work defies description and categorization. It ranges from
contemporary music for string quartet to transdisciplinary solo performances to a duo for
viola/vocals and percussion/beatbox. She performs and composes in various groups,
collaborates with stage directors, and leads her own company, Compagnie Leidesis. As
diverse as their creations are, they are always united by the will to shake up the audience
and offer new possibilities of listening. With a radical openness, confrontation with a wide
variety of materials, new alliances and arrangements, Robert’s work is in the sign of constant

Nicole L’Huillier is a transdisciplinary artist from Santiago de Chile currently based in Berlin.
She was a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab in Boston, where she received her PhD

in Arts & Media Sciences. She works at the intersection of music, art, architecture, science,
fiction and technology. Using sound, vibration, resonance, and multiple transductions, she
explores superhuman performance, rituals of membranes and resonant architectures, and
vibration and sound as building materials for spaces, collectivity, identity, and agency.
Her work has been shown at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Transmediale, Bienal de Artes
Mediales Santiago, Venice Architecture Biennale, and Ars Electronica, among others.

Germany’s tradition-steeped festival for female composers was founded in 1997 and stands
for expansion of the genre “Contemporary Music Festival” to an open platform for
encounters between the arts. From the beginning, Frau Musica Nova has been presenting
artists who use their language to evoke a confrontation with the present and the
contemporary and who explore various forms of experimental approaches to music and its
interaction with media, performance and theatricality. The festival continuously expands the
spectrum of transmedial concerts and performances and advocates overcoming the
boundaries of genre and gender.

Frau Musica Nova 2022 is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science Nordrhein-
Westfalen, the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, Kunststiftung NRW and Rheinenergie
Stiftung Kultur.