October 16, 2011
by Jen Graves
GALLERY 1412 — Seattle's Paul Hoskin is going to play contrabass clarinet, the biggest and lowest clarinet regularly made, and a thing you don't see much, but he's going to be outweirded by his collaborator, Bay Area composer and vocalist Ken Ueno, who admits that his singing makes people think he's throwing up “or I might have digestive problems.” Since he was a child, Ueno has been singing more than one note at once—a technique called multiphonics, or throat singing. He also sings so low, it's beneath the middle of the earth. He's kind of like a life-affirming version of a death-metal singer. To Ueno, the body is a lab for resonation: He wants to see what it can sound like that it hasn't sounded like before.