Carrie Shull, oboe & English horn, received degrees in music performance (BA/MM) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While studying at UNC-G, Carrie met and began performing with Eugene Chadbourne. She was a member of two of his groups, Ellington Country (Chadbourne, Shull, Paul Lovens, Leslie Ross, Alex Ward and Pat Thomas) and the Insect and Western Party (Chadbourne, Shull, Carrie Biolo, Brent Dunn and Brian Ritchie). At the 1997 Taktlos Festival in Bern, Basel and Zurich Switzerland, Carrie premiered Chadbourne’s composition for oboe soloist and ensemble, The Cricket in My Life, with Ellington Country. The group also toured Holland and appeared one more time at the 1999 Konfrontationen Festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria. Carrie has also worked with the NC-based MicroEast Collective, which performed and improvised with guest artists including Peter Kowald and Frank Gratkowski.
In 2005, Carrie was awarded an Emerging Artists grant from the Durham Arts Council. The grant supported a tour celebrating the release of the Shull Flandreau Radding trio’s acclaimed CD, The Branch Will Not Break. In 2006, Carrie was a member of Sonic Fiction, a group led by German composer and improviser, Georg Graewe. The group performed concerts in Austria and Germany, including the Konfrontationen Festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria and Total Music Meeting in Berlin. Carrie frequently collaborates with local imporovisers and occassionaly appears on recordings by local bands such as The Nein, Bicycle Face, Shark Quest (soundtrack for the documentary Rocaterania about visionary artist Renaldo Kuhler) and Portatstatic (appeared live with Portastatic at the Seattle International Film Festival). Carrie also actively freelances with numerous classical ensembles throughout North Carolina. She has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Carolina Ballet, the Opera Company of North Carolina, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, NC Master Chorale, Durham Choral Society, Duke University Chorale and the Duke University Encounters Series.