Deidre Huckabay

Maren Celest, 2016



Capital is the first original solo work by multi-instrumentalist Deidre Huckabay. The 40-minute solo sound installation mines the artist’s psychological life, alternately staging, undermining, destroying, and rebuilding scenes from her past. Through musical performance, Huckabay will refine, abstract, scale, or mutilate this source material to bring new psychological perspectives while generating an original musical score.

In using her personal history as its source material, the work acknowledges the imaginative capital Huckabay has accrued over a lifetime—a bank of memories, vague sensations, dreams, relationships—that has so far gone unspent. For Huckabay—a trained flutist and most often an interpretive artist—Capital offers the opportunity to mint her own musical value.

While at High Concept Labs, Huckabay will undertake a writing practice to reveal the organic association between strong sensations, relationships, and memories. She will also explore an arsenal of unfamiliar instruments, including synthesizers, found percussion, and an electric wind instrument (EWI) to develop the sounds and sonic environmental framework of Capital.

Artist Bio

Deidre Huckabay by Maren Celest, 2016Deidre Huckabay is a Chicago-based flutist, performer, and event producer. She holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University. Inspired by this classical background, Huckabay’s work introduces psychological etudes into a rigorous practice. Applying surrealist and psychoanalytic techniques of collage, automatism, and dream analysis, Huckabay’s work reconsiders her musical practice as an exploration of personal history and unconscious desire.

Huckabay has performed at notable venues in the United States—including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center—and on stages across Europe and Latin America. Huckabay has played with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, alongside eighth blackbird for University of Chicago Presents, and for the Chicago-based puppet theater company Manual Cinema. With the Eastman BroadBand, Huckabay has recorded for Urtext and Bridge Records and acts as artist-in-residence at the SoundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy.

Huckabay is the co-owner of the experimental classical cassette tape label Parlour Tapes+. Since it launched in 2013, Parlour Tapes+ has produced six cassettes, 12 big shows (and countless little ones), and one floppy disk box set. The label’s collaborators include Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Third Coast Percussion, Grammy-winning flutist Tim Munro, and dozens of composers from Chicago and elsewhere. Along with its collaborations, Parlour Tapes+ has produced on an old-school holiday variety show, a micro-film festival, and staged a whodunit that implicated every major player in the Chicago new music scene.