ArtMill filled with the sounds of Hugh's cello as he practiced each day.  By night, it was rumored that he was out in the fields recording sounds for a new piece.  Livingston's versatility with the traditional instrument or with electronic media in his art was fascinating to experience.  His performance at Galerie Califia, unplanned and all the better, gave our village a special treat from this world-class musician.  The digital "River Text" piece danced across the gallery walls with moving letters to show the history of  Czech rivers including our local Otava River which  runs into the Vltava.  The performance created meaning from abstraction and a story from scattered words.


Livingston's performance of 'River Text' was held at Galerie Califia on September 4, 2011.  See a video of his performance here.


Hugh Livingston creates public sound environments and performs exploratory cello music. Hugh graduated cum laude in music from Yale, the 1990 recipient of the Bach Society Prize for excellence in musicianship and contribution to musical life at Yale. He has an MFA in contemporary music from the California Institute of the Arts and a doctorate from UC San Diego. Hugh composes situational music: responses to spaces, artists, architecture and design, history and people. His special areas of interest are spatialization, transit-related music, improvisation, collaboration with visual artists, electroacoustic music, and Asian music. Hugh is the founder of The ARTSHIP Recordings, a catalog of 54 improvised solos recorded on a 491-foot Art Deco cruiseliner. He has catalogued 120 different pizzicato techniques for the cello and conducted extensive research in China on contemporary and historical music. His first sound installation, LISTEN EDGEMAR, was created for a Frank Gehry-designed building in Santa Monica. Hugh fabricates unique sculptural speakers for gardens, and develops sonic solutions to combat traffic noise. His music is built around the theme of Audio in the Public Interest. His work is supported internationally by the Telluride Institute, the Creative Work Fund, the Asian Cultural Council, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the American Composers Forum.


In 2011, Hugh worked in collaboration with Russian Riverkeeper to produce three projects: A river opera, High Mountains and Long Water at the Chalk Hill Artists Residency, Warnecke Ranch & Vineyards, Healdsburg, California.  He also performed River Triptych, sound installations on the knoll overlooking the Russian River.



Hugh's solo cello playing can be heard on the debut album Strings & Machines, music for cello and electronics and Process & Passion, a CD with violinist Mark Menzies of Roger Reynolds' Music.


Hugh has about 10 CDs of contemporary classical chamber music including albums with John Fonville, Bert Turetzky, Roger Reynolds, Chaya Czernowin and can be heard playing cello on the following movie soundtracks: Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Mimic, The Faculty, Blade 2, Dracula 2000, XXX 2, Angel Eyes, I am Dina, Terminator 3, Die Hard IV, The First $20 Million, Hellboy...and maybe a few others. 



Read about Hugh's sound installations at Illumigarden

Read about Hugh's sound installation "Listen Edgemar"

Exerience Livingston Sound installation work on Vimeo.

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