Frauke Aulbert Show Notes

Frauke Aulbert


As “Hamburg’s queen of avantgarde” (Hamburger Abendblatt), Frauke Aulbert boasts a vocal range of four octaves and has specialized in the contemporary vocal performance having mastered overtone- and undertone-singing, multiphonics and other timbre-altering techniques, in addition to her formal training in lyrical singing. As a vocal-sound-researcher she studies, describes and sings many different genres - including gamelan, jazz, chanson, dhrupad, beatboxing, höömii – and applies those sounds to her interpretation of contemporary vocal music.

Improvisation and (première) performances of pieces specifically written for her voice have led to performance in festivals all over Europe, such as the Casa Giacinto Scelsi in Rome, Radio France/Festival Presence, the ZKM, the Internationale Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, International Stockhausen-Summerclasses, Hamburger Klangwerktage, aDevantgarde, Klang Copenhaguen, Next came Brussels, Berghain and Klangwerkstatt Berlin. International concert tours have included Brasil, the USA, Australia Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Tunisia and Georgia. An invitation to the LIG Art Hall in Seoul led her to Korea in 2015.

In 2009 she was awarded the first prize by the Stockhausen Foundation for her interpretation of Stockhausen’s INDIANERLIEDER. The music theatre piece ‚Josefine singt’, in which she developed and played the lead character, was given the international Music Theatre NOW award in 2012.

Frauke Aulbert has collaborated with the composers Georges Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Simon Stockhausen, Geoffroy Drouin and Alexander Schubert. She has been recording for film ('The Future', Miranda July), CD (Decoder Ensemble, Magic Mallik etc.) and radio (Deutschlandradio, RAI, Radio France etc.)

She studied in Kiel, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Hamburg (diploma) and has attended masterclasses with Lauren Newton, Sainkho Namchylak, Michael Vetter, Michiko Hirayama, Linda Wise and Amelia Cuni. Her dissertation examined “Overtone Singing in Contemporary Music.”

In 2012 she was awarded a one month residency in Rome by the Goethe-Institute and received a grant from the Culture Secretary of Germany providing for a six month residency in the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris. Her work and her concerts are supported by the Ministery of Culture of Germany, IMPULS New Musik, the Stockhausen Foundation, Feldtmann kulturell, the Deutsche Auswärtige Amt, the Hamburger Kulturbehörde and the Foundation Katharina und Gerhard Hoffmann.