UllU (Hindi for “owl”) is Chris McIntyre (trombone, tapes, synths, drums) and Dave Shively (feedback, drums, tapes, combo organs, siren). Sharing both an interest in the ecstatic potential of the drone and an inescapable engagement with Modernism, UllU perform works of extended duration in which practical mechanics of sound production collide with formal concerns. Shows at Incubator Arts Project, The Stone, Experimental Intermedia, and collaborations with TILT Brass, Eli Keszler, Taylor Levine, and James Fei. August, UllU’s debut recording, is available on Non-Site Records (www.non-siterecords.bandcamp.com). In South Asian tradition, the owl is in fact considered a very foolish bird.
Christopher McIntyre leads a multi-faceted career as performer, composer, and curator/producer. He interprets and improvises on trombone and synthesizer in projects including TILT Brass, UllU duo (w/ David Shively), Either/Or, Ne(x)tworks, and 7X7 Trombone Band. His playing is heard on recordings released by the Tzadik, New World, Mode, POTTR, and Non-Site labels. He has contributed compositions to TILT, Ne(x)tworks, 7X7 (for choreographer Yoshiko Chuma), Flexible Orchestra, and B3+ brass trio. McIntyre is also active as a curator and producer with independent projects at The Kitchen, Guggenheim Museum, Issue Project Room, The Stone (June 2007), and as Artistic Director of the MATA Festival (07-10). www.cmcintyre.com
David Shively performs concert and installation works in media ranging from Hungarian cimbalom to percussion to analog electronics and feedback systems. Solo appearances at Dia:Beacon, EMPAC, Miller Theatre, Performa 09, SONiC Festival, the American Academy in Rome, Other Minds 13, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Wittner Tage, Münchener Biennale. Since 2004 he is co-artistic director of the New York City experimental music ensemble Either/Or, curating its programming and festivals throughout the Northeast. Recent commissions from Dia:Beacon, Donna Uchizono Dance Group, and Harvestworks. Recordings for Starkland, New World, Tzadik, Mode, Quecksilber, Braxton House, and other labels in addition to works for film, sound installation, and radio broadcast. www.resonantobjects.com