The 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.
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 inÜle Heli Festival in Talinn, No Patent Pending # 15 in Mooste and the No Patent Pending # 16in Helsinki.
Special thanks to Q-O2 for co-supporting my artist residency here in MoKS
(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.
(iii) operates as a production house, artist residency and distribution agency, promoting radical interdisciplinary work crossing between the fields of music, visual arts, theatre and media design. Inventing new instruments and out-of-the-box presentation formats that engage with the four dimensions of image, sound, space and the body, iii strives to offer unique experiences to a broad and varied audience.
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.
… 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.
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 veryfirst 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
click on the picture above to see more of Nicholas Calvin’s collection
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 !
In Seattle now preparing my first live performance ever in the USA (July 4th), and soon after that on the road for more gigs in Los Angeles and San Francisco … My deepest gratitude to all who have made this possible.
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 differentRadia Fm stations. For the precise time schedules per station and country please clickhere (!)
[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).
On 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 !
Today is the opening of Love Song, a 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
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)cognitionat Kunsthalle Basel (CH)
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.
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.