STEIM@40! presents Dissolve: Rooms by Ensemble MAE
Compositions by Hugo Morales, Alvin Lucier, Nicolas Collins, Ezequiel Menalled, Matt Wright, Teodora Stepancic
Date: Tuesday Dec 1 2009
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Door open: 20:00 hrs.
Entrance: € 5
Ensemble MAE ‘Dissolve: Rooms’
text by Ensemble MAE
Dissolve is a platform for reconceiving the listening space and concert experience.
The first edition of Dissolve consists of mostly new works of upcoming composers focussing on the spatial aspects of sound and performance. Additionally seminal works that have highlighted aspects of this theme will be performed.
‘Cavities’ by Hugo Morales will utilize computer assisted feedback to resonate the sound of the instruments in the space. It is a work based on the exploration of a meta-instrument, a physical sound processor that responds to different simultaneous vibrations and resonances generated by 8 instruments. Their blurred and intermingled identities become part of a singular complex sound mass. A confluence between the actual resonant spaces, or “rooms”, and the imaginary spaces emerging from the meta-instrument as the piece unfolds.
Ezequiel Mennaled has composed the new work ‘N N’ utilizing sampling and specialization of the ensemble. The piece is all about texture and density. ‘N N’ can be considered as an homage to Luigi Nono.
Teodora Stepancic describes her piece ‘Big Blue Blazer’ as a cocktail made of hot water, whisky and fire. Teodora is a composer, pianist, performer and improviser, born in Belgrade, currently living in the Netherlands.
About ‘Nocturne for BJM’ Matt Wright writes: Imagine your friend throws parties in the wide open fields of Norfolk, England. The landscape is not so different from Holland – long stretches of flat horizon punctuated by windmills and churches. Only it’s dark and your friend is pouring something fast and electronic into the sky. Around 5am the hi-hats seem to mix with birdsong as night and day collide.
The weird and wonderful phenomena of feedback resonances and spatial acoustics is featured in ‘Pea Soup II’ by Nic Collins. It is an improvisation with architecture, a site-specific raga reflecting the acoustical personality of the room.
‘Memory Space’ of Alvin Lucier is for any number of instrumental players with recordings of environmental sounds. The instructions tell the performers to go out into the city and record, by any means – electronic recording, graphic notation, or memory – the sounds of the city, and to return to the inside performance space at any time and “re-create, solely by means of your voices and instruments and with the aid of memory devices (without additions, deletions, improvisation, interpretation) those outside sound situations.”
Hugo Morales Cavities
Alvin Lucier (Amsterdam) Memory Space
Nicolas Collins Pea Soup II
Ezequiel Menalled NN
Matt Wright Nocturne for BJM
Teodora Stepancic Big Blue Blazer
Dissolve: Rooms was produced in collaboration with STEIM.
For more information:
Karolina Bäter recorder
Reinier van Houdt piano
Wiek Hijmans guitar (29-11-09)
Jeroen Kimman guitar (01-12-09)
Koen Kaptijn trombone
Michel Marang Klarinet
Anna McMichael Violin
Orlando Aguliar Percussie
Brice Soniano bass
Yannis Kyriakides live electronics
27 November, 20.30 hours – Theater Kikker, Utrecht – www.theaterkikker.nl
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