Abandoning the strict aesthetics of her otherwise “classical” training, Audrey Chen has developed a highly expressive, individual approach to voice and cello – with both instruments she uses various modes of experimentation that touch on the abstractly beautiful and the aggressively unsettling, at odds with her initial musical background. A variety of extended techniques are used, sometimes augmented with analogue electronics. Her powerfully dynamic approach to vocalizations is a key part of her tense and sometimes volatile performances, and in recent years focus has shifted further in this direction, with the voice becoming the primary component of her sonic capabilities.
Chen is Chinese-American, originally from the United States (Baltimore via NYC, New Hampshire and Chicago…), and currently resides in Berlin. She has appeared at numerous festivals and maintains a busy touring schedule, bringing her to events around the globe. Though a significant force as a solo artist, Audrey’s performances and recordings have seen her form part of numerous duos with such figures as Phil Minton, Maria Chavez, Jean-Yves Evrard, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Doron Sadja, Richard Scott, Flandrew Fleisenberg and a collaborative project with German conceptual artist, John Bock.