• Expanding Big Bang

The Cruel Mother (premiere)

The past week has felt like a personal big bang… and now my musical world is slowly but surely expanding beyond my own imagination. Last weekend Renan Zeladan Cisneros send me his newest song cycle: a very touching triptych with texts by Gerard Reve, Pedro Lemebel and Yukio Mishima. I do the solo vocal part. Grateful that I’ll be accompanied by Ivan Pavlov on grand piano.

Locked myself twice into a recording studio for vocal recordings in preparation for fascinating new compositions. One by Andrius Arutiunian‘s for tape and ensemble. The other one by Nikos Kokolakis for voice, tape and percussion based on texts by Borges. Very curious to get to hear these !

Meanwhile I also had my first rehearsals for The Cruel Mother based on an anglo saxo horror folksong, re written by Sasha Thiele. My partner in crime in this is Salomé Gasselin (FR): getting goose bumps with each strike on her viola da gamba.

On top of that I yesterday also received a new vocal duet by Quang Ngo Hong. It’s inspired by Vietnamese traditional music with a certain jodel technique, fully written in Hmong, a Vietnamese minority language. Quang and me will sing it together and he’ll teach it to me in person: word by word, note by note, sound by sound.

I have commissioned an even larger number of composers to write new vocal pieces, so I am expecting more of these ‘big bang‘ weeks. Premieres of all these vocal pieces will be scheduled from April on  and beyond.

The Cruel Mother (by Sascha Thiele)

• Year Of The Voice

2015 IN A NUTSHELL ? A crazy episode with lots of new beginnings, debuts, premieres and spontaneous collaborations across 3 continents in 7 countries. Funny enough: there’s was no world tour planned, it just evolved that way as the year passed. But no complaints: I feel extremely privileged with all these travel experiences and fully embrace that I can combine my art with a life as a global citizen – with these confusing times we’re living in I often wander for how much longer.  But nevertheless I am blessed for the time being and I’d wish every single person in the world could move as freely as I have done over the passed 12 months.

01_Le Directeur - Korzo 14 12 15Baltic tour with iii collectiveContext, Gravity, Expressions

Over summer I had my very first vocal solo performances ever… in Hollywood and continued on my very first tour in the USA. Shortly after that I collaborated with Nicholas Calvin on new installations for (probably) the very first sound and video art exhibition ever in Tanzania (über proud). Right after the opening of that expo went sound hunting in Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar. After another instant swop of continents and climates found myself in remote fairy tale like forests of Southeastern Estonia brooding on new artistic ideas (with collective iii and Q-02). Took a small detour via Finland, came back home and dived into a new Brussels based collaboration with Lazara Rossell Albear/Sammy Baloji. Where the hell did this crazy year start?  Oh wait, … Yeah! Another memorable collaboration with Vincent Meessen for an exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland.

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THAT’S IT?   NO !   Much more happened in between, before and after.. with a numerous amount of inspiring artists/new made friends. And there are too little words to express my gratitude to everyone who has been part of my dreamlike artistic journey. Right now in the midsts of developing new ideas and then to give thanks to all beautiful things that have happened, I’ll come back in 2016 with new music and more performances.

VarkenshondUSA tourMikolaj

2016 THE YEAR OF THE VOICE

The year 2016 will be at least as exciting as I’ll take new artistic steps. I will focus an entire year solely on the idea of the voice: throughout my work as a composer and a sound artist. But also more and more as a performer of new music: I can hardly believe – and I feel very lucky – that several composers are in this very moment writing brand new compositions especially for my voice.

In 2016 alone I’ll world premiere new vocal work by Henry Vega (USA), Semay Wu (UK), Mikolaj Laskowski (PL), Renan Zelada (CHL), Sasha Thielen (DE), Nikos Kokolakis (GR), Leo Svirky (USA), Michalis Paraskakis (GR), Ngo Hong Quang (VNM), Emile Tan Erten (TR) and many more.

Also very excited about several new commissions and collaborations in which the voice will also play a key element: a new sound installation for Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), a new video and sound installation by visual artist Toshie Takeuchi (JP), and a set of new compositions for percussionist Marianna Soroka (PL).

Curious about the newest vocal sound around? Check my agenda once in a while for any updates popping up. Meanwhile HAPPY HOLIDAYS and SEE YOU in 2016 !

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photos © Zlatko Mićić, Theo Huijgens, Philippe Vandendriessche, Alex Schröder, Michel Martins, Aurélie Lierman)

• Alexandros Gkonis (premiere)

Had the honor to premiere the revised version of Le Directeur by Alexandros Gkonis at Korzo Theater in The Hague (NL) last december 14th. The concert was a beautiful challenge unlike anything I have ever performed or sung before, and the perfect end to a very inspiring and breathtaking year… !

Aurélie Lierman: voice
Alejandro Farina Martin: clarinet

special thanks to Alexandros for this unique collaboration ! 

• Belgian Radio Scorpio

Hear Belgian journalist Maarten Temmermans about my work. (Thank you Radio Scorpio & Gonzo Circus   Magazine)

Sterrenplaten 27 November 2015 by Sterrenplaten on Mixcloud

PLAYLIST

Kurt Vile – Pretty Boy [V/A – Parallelogram (Three Lobed Recordings)] 
* Nap Eyes – Lion in Chains [Thought Rock Fish Scale (Paradise Of Bachelors)]
Flying Horseman – Bitter Storm [Wild Eyes (Conspiracy Records)]
Kaboom Karavan – KipKap [Hokus Fokus (Miasmah)]
Stara Rzeka – Mapa [Zamknely Sie Oczy Ziemi (Instant Classic)]
* Gonzo (Circus) #130 door Maarten Timmermans
Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman – Where Are You? [Mind The Gap, Gonzo (Circus)]
* Eric Feremans – Beat [The Antwerp Killer (Finders Keepers Records)]
* Hiele – Apax Pernod [V/A – EXO (Ekster)]
Anthony Child – Watching & Waiting [Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1 (Editions Mego)]
Legowelt – An Obnoxious Affair On Tape [Dark Days (BAKK)]
Jlin Narlei – Nandi [Free Fall EP (Planet Mu (OFFICIAL))]

• Lazara Rosell Albear & Sammy Baloji

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Bare- Faced, a video installation by Sammy Baloji + Lazara Rossell Albear will be exhibited at EXPO Incarnation(s) Maison Des Cultures Molenbeek, Brussels (BE) (curator Estelle Lecaille).

On the vernissage night Thu 19.11.2015 Bare Faced also exists as a live performance for video, voice, drums, toy instruments, tape, movement by Lazara Rossell Albear and Aurélie Lierman.

 

• [Bare Faced excerpt 1]

• Gonzo (Circus) & Mind The Gap

GC130_Cover-330x432The november 2015 edition of Gonzo (circus) magazine will feature an article about my work. Anyone who purchases the magazine will get a free Mind The Gap cd featuring a fine selection of the newest experimental music.

This Mind The Gap edition includes also my composition “Where Are You ?” for prepared piano, temple gongs, slit drums and analogue electronic sounds. The  tape part of “Where Are You ?” is based on field recordings from my trip to Rwanda in 2011. I manipulated them via a reel to reel tape recorder and a Walkman cassette player. The instrumental score is a musical translation and interpretation of a text about the Rwandan Genocide from April 1994.

Special thanks to Benjamin Van Vliet

• iii & Q O2 artist residency + Baltic tour

iii Instrument Inventors Initiative is currently in residency in MoKS (Mooste, Estonia) all month of October. I have been invited to join them (for which I feel very honored). Next to developing new work in the relaxing and inspiring environment of Mooste, we’re also touring around the Baltics. In the coming weeks I’ll take part in gigs and public presentations in Üle Heli Festival in Talinn, No Patent Pending # 15 in Mooste and the No Patent Pending # 16 in Helsinki.

Special thanks to Q-O2 for co-supporting my artist residency here in MoKS

No Patent Pending #16

(iii) Instrument Inventors Initiative is an artist run platform based in The Hague, that develops self-made media which supports idiosyncratic research trajectories that zig-zag between disciplines and distribution channels.

• A Swiss alphorn, a jodel and a dance in Dar Es Salaam

Next Wednesday sept 30th, in Dar Es Salaam, there will be a Swiss alphorn, jodel and dance performance by Stephan Grossenbacher and Muda Africa dancers as part of the closure of expo [Context, Gravity, Expressions] –

Doors: 18h00, Alliance Française Dar Es Salaam – Free Entrance.

Karibuni Sana/Most welcome. Down below … a sneak preview !

 

• Vernissage Context, Gravity, Expression – TZ

ASANTE SANA (…thank you..) lovely Dar Es Salaam audience for visiting the vernissage of [Context, Gravity, Expressions] It was a real pleasure to see such a big turnout.

Vernissage Context, Gravity, Expressions

… and endless gratitude to Anoek De Smet (pic below): hardly any electricity and hardly any internet (even minutes before the opening) made it all extra challenging. But it’s your great ideas  and your perseverance that made this audio visual exhibition possible even in the most difficult circumstances. So thanks again for inviting me into this unique project and to make my long-time dream to collaborate with Nicholas Calvin turn into reality.

Context, Gravity, Expressions

BIG THANK you also to Alliance Française Dar Es Salaam for allowing us to inhabit your beautiful space for a short while. And special thanks to the generous support of the Belgian Embassy in Dar Es Salaam.

• Dar Es Salaam calling

Just back home from touring the USA , but already moving on to a new exhibition project in Dar Es Salaam, which will feature new photography and video work by Nicholas Calvin, Tanzanian visual artist. I will reinterpret Nicholas Calvin’s visuals and create several new sound installations from it. To premiere my very first sound installations in Tanzania means a lot to me: all the inspiration I got from several travels in East Africa over more than a decade, now will finally find its way back to East Africa

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click on the picture above to see more of Nicholas Calvin’s collection

 

 EXPO INFO:

[Context/Gravity/Expressions]

Nicholas Calvin (TZ) & Aurélie Lierman (BE/RW)

new video and sound installations + photo exhibition

daily 15.09.2015 – 30.09.2015

Alliance Française Dar Es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam (TZ)

curator Anoek De Smet

 

• West Coast <3

My tour along the West Coast of the US is completed.  Had live improv and new music gigs at Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco & Oakland – where I had the chance to discover the wonderful communities of experimental artists – what a great and productive crowd. Special thanks to Motoko Honda, Carmina Escobar, Theresa Wong, Aram Shelton, Mark Clifford, Lorin Benedict, Bob Marsh for the inspiring and heartwarming artistic collaborations on and off stage. Well, I am in love with the West Coast, so plans are made to come back asap and make more music, much more !

 

Aurélie Lierman - Outsound Series 23/7 - San Francisco

photo © Peter Kaars

if you click on the photo above, you’ll get to see more pics of my USA tour

• Radia Fm – a podcast – worldwide

Looking forward to the most beautiful radio premiere I could imagine for Maria, Mariza and maybe Marianna: offered as a free downloadable podcast in a worldwide daily broadcast from 08.06.2015 – 14.06.2015, on twenty-five different Radia Fm stations. For the precise time schedules per station and country please click here (!)

down below all participating stations:

Radio Campus (Brussels, BE) – Radio Papesse (Firenze, IT) – Radio Grenouille (Marseille, FR) – Resonance104.4FM (London, UK) – TEAFM (Zaragoza, ESP) – Kanal103 (Skopje, MKD) – CKUT (Montreal, CAN) – Radio Helsinki (Graz, AT) – Radio Nova (Oslo, NO) – Radio Panik (Brussels, BE) – Radio Orange (Wien, AT) – Radio x (Frankfurt, DE) – Radio Student (Ljubljana, SVN) – Campus Paris (Paris, FR) – Ràdio Zéro (Lisboa, PT) – Wave Farm WXGC (Arca/Hudson, NY, USA) – Radio Corax (Halle, DE) – Soundart Radio (Dartington/Totnes, UK) – CFRC (Kingston ON, CAN) – Jet Fm (Nantes, FR) – Radio One ( Dunedin, NZ) – East Side Fm (Sydney, AU) – Reboot Fm (Berlin, DE) – Radio Worm (Rotterdam, NL)

Maria, Mariza and maybe Marianna is presented as Radia FM show # 532 via Radio Campus Bruxelles. (Special thanks to Kika !)

 

 

 

• Sous Casques – Paris – FR


[Sous Casques]
 is a traveling sonic installation with headphones. Organised once a week, each time on a different location somewhere in the public space in Paris. In May 2015 it will be held in Jardin du Palais Royal  (Colonnes de Buren).
Palais_Royal_et_les_Colonnes_de_Buren__1431517477_82.139.122.204On Sunday May 17th the program includes a selection of sound pieces by Emmanuel Holterbach, Luc Ferrari, Béatriz Ferreyra, Rodolphe Alexis, Stéphane Rives, Jules Wysocki and some of my own work. Free entrance, All welcome !

• La Semaine Surréaliste – FR

la semaine surrealiste
This weekend the project Meanwhile, in Fukushima will be presented at La Semaine Surréaliste, an annual cross-disciplinary arts festival in Bordeaux. The evening long program includes compositions by Joachim Montessui, Carl Stone, Tomoko Momiyama, Bérangère Maximin, Colin Johnco and my own piece The Girl, the Turtle and the Earthquake. All pieces are conceived around the subject of Japan and Fukushima 3/11.
• Friday 08.05.2015 – 20h30 (CONCERT)

Theatre du Pont Tourtnant, Bordeaux (FR), Entrance: 5/8 €

 • Saturday 09.05.2015 – 17h00 (CONFERENCE)
project presentation of Meanwhile, in Fukushima by Dominique Balaÿ
Le Node, Bordeaux (FR), Entrance: free

• Love Song – ChampdAction – BE

Love Song - ChampdActions

Today is the opening of Love Songa collaborative installation for a multitude of ‘heart shaped ‘speakers at deSingel in Antwerp. Hundreds of composers, musicians, writers and other artists from around the globe have participated. I chose a beautiful ancient folksong from Cyprus, about maternal love, and then manipulated it electronically.

Love Song is an initiative by ChampdAction and is open May 2nd – May 23rd. Free entrance

• France Culture – radio interview

Invited by Thomas Baumgartner from L’Atelier du son for a chat about my work as a radio artist. Focussing on Anosmia, a reflection on the Rwandan Genocide, and Sampling the Man of Memory, a sound installation created for the current expo Patterns for (Re)cognition at Kunsthalle Basel (CH)

L’Atelier du son

Friday 24.04.2015

23h00 – 00h00 CET

France Culture – Paris (FR)

• Mikolaj Laskowski (premiere) – NL

Happiness is …

ΜΑΜΑΔΑΜΊΤΑΕΠΑ worldpremiere

when one of your favorite composer friends (Mikolaj Laskowski) writes a brand new composition for you and one of your favorite musician friends (Clara Rivière). ΜΑΜΑΔΑΜΊΤΑΕΠΑ, based on बोगुरोद्ज़िका, is an a cappella piece for two singers using each others mouth cavities as resonators.

Tuesday 14.04.2015  [ΜΑΜΑΔΑΜΊΤΑΕΠΑ] (première)

Studio I

Juliana Van Stolberglaan 1

2595CA Den Haag (NL)

17h00 – Free entrance

soprano: Aurélie Lierman

alto: Clara Rivière

 

• Focus on Yannis Kyriakides – FR

I’ll be hosting a radioshow for WebSYNradio (FR) where alongside my own work I’ll also present one of my favorite contemporary artists, Yannis Kyriakides, known for his unique way of utilizing speech, video text and music in his compositions and sound installations.

[Politics Of The Voice]

two week broadcast, daily from 14h00 – 15h30 CET

02.04.2015 – 16.04.2015 www.synradio.fr

(upon invitation of Dominique Balaÿ)

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• EXPO Patterns for (Re)cognition – (visitors info) – CH

[Patterns for (Re)cognition]

Kunsthalle Basel (CH)

12.02.2015 – 25.05.2015

Tue / Wed / Fri 11am–6pm

Thu 11am–8.30pm
Sat / Sun 11am–5pm

Sampling the Man of Memory is an installation created in close collaboration w Vincent Meessen for this expo.

Sampling the Man of Memory

Technical specification: sound installation; media players, 2 NAGRA loudspeakers, 4 NAGRA III tape recorders,  magnetic tape; 12 stools, melamine on MDF, wood; each stool 42 • 50 • 50 cm [NAGRAs: Philippe Vandendriessche, Brussels – Courtesy Vincent Meessen, Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman]

• “Sampling…” – a new collaboration – CH

Courtesy-©RMCA-011-e1381388715410Excited about the creation of “Sampling the Man of Memory” a brand new sound installation in close collaboration with Vincent Meessen for the exhibition ‘Patterns for (Re)-Cognition’.

Vernissage is on February 12th 2015 at 19h00 in Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. The exhibition will be opened for the public from Feb 13th till May 25th 2015.

(photo Courtesy RMCA, Tervuren, BE)