(November 2020) A message from the artists formerly known as LJF:
Hey everyone! We wanted to address something that you may have seen by now: Jürg Frey has respectfully asked that we stop using his name for our ensemble, and we are letting you all know that we are honoring his request and are in the process of coming up with a new name for our ensemble.
As you may have seen in a previous post, the name of the group came from a typo while we were playing around in the game. Initially, the project was a more or less private affair that we used to keep ourselves entertained while maintaining a collaborative and creative outlet during the early days of the quarantine. We thought the name was playful and cheeky, which matched the tone of the whole world that these performances take place within.
It was also a naive homage to a composer whose work we like a great deal.
We certainly didn’t expect that we would be invited to do more performances by people we didn’t know, or get a serious review in The Wire. While the project is meant to be playful, we do take what we do seriously, and we never meant disrespect to Jürg Frey.
We want to thank Jürg for humoring us thus far, but now it’s time for a new name! We’ll announce our new name when we send out the guidelines for our call for scores.
January 5, 2021. We Series hosted by Elastic Arts. performance with Dicky Bahto, Erika Bell, Morgan Gerstmar, and Stephanie Cheng Smith. More info soon.
December 19, 2020. Infrequent Seams Streamfest. debut performance of performance ensemble with Dicky Bahto, Erika Bell, Morgan Gerstmar, and Stephanie Cheng Smith. More info soon.
October 12, 2020. Axial Age Festival – the wulf. featuring: Cassie Sturm + Casey Anderson, Liam Mooney, Pauline Lay, and Lil’ Jürg Frey live!
Coaxial Arts Foundation presents AXIAL AGE FESTIVAL livestreamed and co-presented with curators the wulf., Island of Misfit Toys, nettnett /+/ OTONO, Queerspace, Raah Lein, and the Coaxial board. Our new Axial Age is a contemporary liminal period, when old certainties had lost their validity and new ones are still not ready. The festival runs from Monday 10/12 through Saturday 10/17. The original Axial Age is the period when, roughly at the same time around most of the Eurasian societies in 8th to the 3rd century BCE, the great intellectual, philosophical, and religious systems that came to shape subsequent human society and culture emerged: Chinese philosophy of Confucius and Lao-Tse, Buddha and Upanishad in India, Zarathustra in Persia, Elijah and Isaiah in Palestine, Homer and Plato in Greece. The Axial Age was a shift—or a turn, as if on an axis—away from more predominantly localized concerns and toward transcendence.
September 26, 2020 at 6pm PST the wulf. presents Lil’ Jürg Frey streaming performance, live from Katoosh contemporary. Also includes a performance by Liam Mooney from within Super Mario Maker, and a performance by Isaac Schankler. Lil’ Jürg Frey’s performance will be broadcast from Katoosh contemporary, located on the island of Katoosh in ACNH, amidst the exhibition Kul Qatoo: artwork featuring cats by artists including Dicky Bahto, Sarah Davachi, Youssef Gharbi, Arshia Haq, Patrick Londen, Pablo Picasso, Chloe Reyes, Paul Sepuya, and more tba.
September 18, 2020 at 11pm GMT Lil’ Jürg Frey live performance excerpt presented on Late Junction produced by Katie Callin on BBC Radio 3. More info / listen here.