Saturday Oct 24th 2015 @Pyramid Atlantic
Tomas Korber & Konus Quartett, Solar Return, Ariadne, Tag Cloud, Jaap Blonk
Tomas Korber & Konus Quartett
The KONUS QUARTETT (four saxophones) is a Swiss chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of original contemporary compositions, which are often contrasted with older works performed in arrangement for saxophone. With their adventurous programming, the quartet has established itself as an important voice for contemporary and experimental music.
The quartet has commissioned original works by numerous contemporary composers, such as Barry Guy, Urs Peter Schneider, Tomas Korber, Phill Niblock, Makiko Nishikaze, and Jürg Frey.
Born in 1979 in Zurich, Swiss-Spanish composer/improviser TOMAS KORBER has been active since the early 90’s. He has performed solo as well as in collaboration with such musicians as Günter Müller, Norbert Möslang, Otomo Yoshihide, Lê Quan Ninh, Toshimaru Nakamura, Stephan Wittwer, Jason Kahn, Thomas Ankersmit, Sachiko M, Christian Weber, Keith Rowe, Christian Wolfarth, Kazuya Ishigami, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Lionel Marchetti, Charlotte Hug, Adam Sonderberg, Mattin, and Taku Unami.
In 2009 Tomas was awarded a biannual artist residency in New York City by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Zurich. Korber has studied psychology and computer science at the University of Zurich and holds a Master of Science degree.
Solar Return was created in 2009. Jenny Pickett and Julien Ottavi take electromagnetic phenomena as a starting point for their audio creations. Scores for dual audio synths/oscillators reflect patterns and electromagnetic events such as solar flares and inner city mobile phone mast peaks.
Ariadne is a sacred music duo based in Brooklyn, NY, comprised of Christine Lanx and Benjamin Forest. Their focus lies in the fixed framework of ritual interspersed with sacred and secular symbolism. Influenced by the canonical hours, their sound contains modern chant-like vocalises, Anglican choral textures, and percussive soundscapes in dense sonic textures. They are fascinated by juxtaposing themes, ancient structure and draw inspirations from mysticism and dystopian fantasies.
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry.
As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.
Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.
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