Christina Ruf

Artist portrait


“She doesn’t want to set herself any musical boundaries, and thus to her it’s about “not only playing the cello, but making music”. For this Ruf let’s herself be inspired by diverse sounds and the aesthetics of words, and integrates the cello into this cosmos.“ (Marlene Schnedl, Austrian radio station Ö1)

Christina Ruf works in tonal and formative dimensions on and through her instrument, that only on reflection suggest classical playing. Rather, through her use of a 6-string electric cello, various effect pedals and electronics to influence, manipulate and expand the form and sound, she manipulates and extends, giving it a unique expression. Often constructing expansive, dark soundscapes, she manages with her work, to create an authentic wealth of ideas, that not only deliver a performance, but move you. Her music isn’t just heard, it continues to sound in your head, washing like waves over the inner edges of perception. And at this point an adjective may be added: her music is, in the most brutal, fragile and truest way – beautiful.


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