Work

Installation

Mesmerizing experiences with playable rooms, game controllers, projections, interactive light beams. Responsive environments built with original videography, generative animations and original musical composition featuring english horns, eastern and western oboes and field recordings.

Performance

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

Workshops

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

Private Studio

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

Individual Lessons & Consultations in Art & Technology

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

Compositions

These pieces augment my other performance and installation compositions and fill a different niche, often utilizing unaltered field recordings of natural sounds as melodic and rhythmic content.

ABOUT

Classical Oboist turned Technologist, Composer, Interactive Art Installation & Multimedia Concert Artist
Hunsinger began her musical training at 5 and started oboe in Atlanta's public schools at 8. She was a precocious instrumentalist and was performing La Scala di Seta and the Mozart Oboe Quartet in middle school. She was fortunate to have several wonderful teachers in Atlanta and flourished with their help.

Hunsinger went on to have an illustrious career as a classical oboist and was a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Bach's Christmas Oratorio and played English horn on their Grammy Winner with Pierre Boulez, "The Wooden Prince." She was an oboe d'amore soloist in the B Minor Mass with Robert Shaw in France and toured Europe with the Chicago and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. She performed in New York under James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She attended the Marcel Moyse Woodwind Seminars in Vermont and played Marlboro Music Festival, recording Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 with Felix Galimir.

Her musical pursuits became more experimental after performing Varese and Messiaen under Pierre Boulez with the Chicago Symphony. She dove into the Chicago free jazz experience, started composing and picked up Chinese and Indian Oboes as well as single reeded horns. She was featured in duets with Evan Parker at Chicago's Empty Bottle Festival of Improvised Music and played the Chicago Jazz Festival and World Music Festivals with Tatsu Aoki. Her “Trio” recording with Tatsu and with legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago member Joseph Jarman garnered a 4 start review from Downbeat Magazine and was featured on several top 10 playlists.

Her installation and visual art had its start in collaboration with visionary architect Douglas Garofalo who tapped Hunsinger for sound, music and interactive art contributions in several projects including Western Avenue (ISEA Chicago) and inFormant Systems at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. Her interactive light composition "Blue-Yellow-Red" at the Frist Center of Visual Art won a best of 2014 nod from Burnaway Magazine and was written up in Make Magazine and Adafruit's Blog. She was recently a visiting artist at Tennessee Tech and performed a full recital of trans-media chamber music which included robotics, live projections, audience participation and hacked game controllers.
PO Box 160475 Nashville, TN 37216
ph (615) 274-1861
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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"
Hunsinger's interactive light and sound machine had participants interacting with color and sound, enlivening the experience of viewing Kandinsky's paintings. Frist Center for Visual Art, Nashville, TN

Erica Ciccarone

Burnaway Magazine "Best of 2014:Exhibitions"
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"

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