Fig Pudding Performs! 2.19.14 at DiverseWorks, Houston, TX.
Organized by DiverseWorks Artist Board Member Regina Agu and Sandy Ewen
Fig Pudding will perform a series of original scores written by Regina Agu, Carol Sandin Cooley, Megan Easley, Sandy Ewen, Gabriel Martinez, Rebecca Novak, Rachel Orosco, Carrie Schneider, Ronnie Yates, and Hanna Yoo.
Fig Pudding is the current iteration of an evolving music and performance ensemble that performs improvisation, graphic scores, performance pieces, and occasionally more traditional forms of composition. Sandy Ewen founded the all-female group in 2009 as a way to capitalize on the under-utilized resource of creative women in experimental music. The group has changed its name to a different fruit flavor for every performance. Memorable performances include: the Pawpaw Pomelo show atop the Mekong Plaza on July 4, 2010, wherein the band accompanied live fireworks with an amplified vocal performance; the Pina Colada show at NMAS in Austin, Texas wherein the band collaborated with video artist Rebecca Carlisle-Healy; the Durian Durian show at the Menil Collection, which showcased site-specific performance pieces; and the Gooseberry Marmalade show at 14 Pews in Houston wherein the band performed Scratch Orchestra pieces in collaboration with Keith Rowe. The group has a CDr release, but all the copies have gone missing. The CDr was fondly referred to as the “touchy-feely” album because of the fake fur that was glued on the covers.
Regina Agu is an interdisciplinary artist and has performed with Fig Pudding since 2012. Agu was born in Houston and raised in transit throughout Africa and Europe. She is a graduate of Cornell University. Agu’s work has been included in exhibitions, public readings, and performances at New Museum, labotanica, Project Row Houses, University Museum at Texas Southern University, Box 13, and Lawndale Arts Center, among other venues. She is a 2012 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant recipient and a 2014 The Idea Fund grantee. Agu is a current member of the DiverseWorks Artist Board.
Sandy Ewen plays electric guitar. Born in Toronto, Canada in 1985, Ewen received a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Since then she has resided in Houston, TX where she pursues her musical and visual projects and her architecture license. Ewen has performed music throughout North America as a collaborative improviser and member of the Weird Weeds. Lately, Ewen has been focusing on her visual art, frequently presenting it alongside experimental music.
DiverseWorks on Wednesdays is supported in part by Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Topo Chico USA.