Work

Installation

Mesmerizing experiences with playable rooms, game controllers, interactive projections and robotics. Responsive environments are created with unique generative animations, original videography and musical scores featuring english horns, eastern and western oboes, and unaltered field recordings.

Performance

Trans-media recitals featuring original compositions for Eastern and Western oboes and single reeded horns. Recitals include solo and chamber music performance with live-visuals, robotics and audience participation.

Compositions

These pieces augment my other performance and installation projects and fill a different niche. Some are commissions for larger ensembles and some utilize unaltered field recordings of natural sounds as melodic and rhythmic content.

Individual and Group Lessons in Art and Technology

Individual lessons and consultations are available in beginning creative code, electronics, interactive art and technology.

Workshops

Workshops in beginner Arduino and electronics, soft circuits and creative code with a focus on Processing which is fully cross-platform and free!

Oboe Studio

Private lessons include classical Oboe and reed making, ensemble couching and improvisation.

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ABOUT

Classical Oboist turned Technologist, Composer, Interactive Art Installation & Multimedia Concert Artist
Robbie Lynn Hunsinger had an illustrious career as a classical oboist before becoming a cutting edge interactive artist and multimedia performer. She was an obbligato soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, toured France as an oboe d'amore soloist with The Robert Shaw Institute and toured Europe with the Chicago and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Hunsinger dove into Chicago’s free jazz experience in the 90's. She added Chinese and Indian oboes to her quiver as well as single reeded and invented horns. She studied composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell as a Resident Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was featured in duets with Evan Parker at Chicago's Empty Bottle Festival and FMP Festival. She played the Chicago Jazz Festival and World Music Festivals with Tatsu Aoki and performed with Pauline Oliveros, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Davu Seru, Avreeayl Ra, Harrison Bankhead and Fred Lomberg-Holm. Her “Trio” recording with Tatsu and legendary Art Ensemble member Joseph Jarman garnered a 4 star review from Downbeat Magazine and was featured on several top 10 playlists.

Hunsinger has taught for decades and held positions at Fisk University, Watkins School of Art, Northern Illinois University, Elmhurst College and North Park University. She has taught students of all ages and has been a visiting teaching artist at University of Tennessee, Tennessee Tech and Georgia Tech. She has presented creative code sessions at ITP Camp at New York University, at the Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando and will be presenting at Chamber Music America's Conference in 2020.

Her interactive installations have been exhibited at ISEA Chicago, Chicago's Thomas Blackman Gallery, and Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. Hunsinger’s immersive audiovisual experience "Blue-Yellow-Red" at Nashville’s Frist Center for Visual Art won a “Best of Year” acknowledgement from Burnaway Magazine and was written up in Make Magazine. Her trans-media chamber music and installations include robotics, live projections, hacked game controllers and audience participation. Recent work includes “Constellation,” commissioned by Nashville's Metro Arts and partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and "Eclipse," a sound-responsive multimedia chamber work commission by chatterbird.
PO Box 160475 Nashville, TN 37216
ph (615) 274-1861
fax (615) 676-2155
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Press

"A Snake Charmer for the Digital Age"
Hunsinger's woodwind playing recalls the Eastern-influenced post-bebop sound that John Coltrane found on Live at the Village Vanguard, and the way she controls visual elements with her instrument casts the artist as a snake charmer for the digital age."

Joe Nolan

Nashville Scene - Four years on, Soundcrawl: Nashville keeps getting louder
From the strange instrumentation (music box piano, Tibetan singing bowls) to eerie electronics, the performance was mesmerizing."

Joseph E. Morgan

Nashville Arts Magazine - Chatterbird at Vanderbilt : review of multimedia chamber composition, Eclipse
Robbie Lynn Hunsinger’s interactive audiovisual project [Constellation] is a genius bit of responsive technology that merges the movements of participants with sound and animation."

Erica Ciccarone

Burnaway Magazine - Nashville Artists Aim for Place-keeping More Than Placemaking
The mashup of technology used in the exhibit is great...Once people enter the exhibit and start stepping, rolling, jumping or doing whatever the art compels them to do then the exhibit comes alive with light and sound. “Blue-Yellow-Red” is a fascinating exhibit that lets participants interact with the technology and experience light and sound with all their senses."

Ian Lee

Make Magazine - Step into Light and Sound in Interactive Synesthesia Experience
Call it the miseducation of Robbie Hunsinger: a classically trained double-reed player, proficient on the oboe and several of its cousins, takes a left turn from Music of the Baroque and sinks waist deep in Chicago's fertile avant-garde ...

Neil Tesser

Chicago Reader - Critic's Choice