Series

Ephémère series

Ephémère is a series of surprising evenings about temporary and contemporary forms of art. It is one of the last and finest series for anything that has to do with contemporary art, improvised, composed, electronic and experimental music, avant-garde films and documentaries, dance, visual art, and in other words, what is important to be presented at that specific moment. Ephémère presents some of the most interesting, innovative, and engaging music of our time, performed in more intimate and less formal settings, allowing a close connection between the audience and the performers. The Ephémère evenings take place at Studio Loos in The Hague every second Thursday of the month.

The series works as a platform for artists, where the audience can experience art works and performances in a different way than the traditional venues and concert halls. Ephemere aims at supporting the experimental music scene in general, adding diversity in the music scene of The Hague, giving to young artists the opportunity to present their works in good conditions and making a high quality art accessible to everybody.

For more information and booking, contact marieguilleray@gmail.com




Ephémère Season 2014-2015

Next dates: MARCH 12, APRIL 9, MAY 14, JUNE 11,

Ephémère #46 - 12th March 2015

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

Sergio Luque - Fixed media pieces
Surveillance
"Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll" was never meant to be like this

Nora Mulder and Rogier Smal - Internationally operating Piano and Drums Duo from Amsterdam

KANG - Solo live electronics



Ephémère #45 - 12th February 2015

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

Stefano Sgarbi and Ruben Brivida

Makiko Ito and Yedi Gibson

Yota Morimoto



Ephémère #44 - 15th January 2015

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

New Rumors and Other Noises : Ada Rave - saxes / Raoul van der Weide - contrabass / Nicolas Chientaroli - piano

Percussion Landscapes : Aldo Aranda - percussion

“Don’t spread Germs” and other stories : Fani Konstantinidou - electronics



Ephémère #43 - 11th December 2014

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

Domino kwartet – (a)synchronous isochronous

Johan Van Kreij – electronics Ignacio Santoro – double bass Jorge Variego – reeds and electronics

Jorge Variego was born in 1975 in Rosario, Argentina. He has a doctorate degree in music composition from the University of Florida; a master of music degree in composition and clarinet performance form Carnegie Mellon University; and a JD equivalent from the National University of Rosario. He currently serves as assistant professor of music composition, theory and woodwinds at Valley City State University. Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Jorge has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created or performed a great deal of works for clarinet and electronics in the US, Europe and South America. He participated in many international computer music festivals such as MATA, SEAMUS, EMS, Sonoimagenes and can be heard on many CDs, including his most recent solo CD “Necessity” which was released with Albany records.

Johan van Kreij (1969) improvises and composes music. He studied Sonology from 1994 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, graduating in 1998. Frequently he performs his music, solo or with other musicians. A long running intensive cooperation with the choreographer Ted Stoffer, starting in 1998, has materialised as music composed to a great number of dance performances. He has taken steps in the field of music theatre trough cooperations with Dick Raaijmakers and Paul Koek. An important aspect of his work is the development and realisation of his own instruments. This development covers the fields of hardware, of sensors and equipment used as the gestural part of the instrument, and software, employing a wide range of synthesis models forming the sounding part of the instrument. In the role of developer, he has participated in many projects in the field of music, visual arts and architecture. Since 2001 he has been a permanent member of the teaching staff at Sonology.

Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein – electronics

Jan T. (Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein) works in the field of computer music, media art and creative coding since the late 1990s. He performs ‘crispy’ sound collages using novel and custom made interfaces, produces sonic installations and occasionally composes for ensembles and fixed media. Currently he focuses on designing audio apps for mobile devices which are released under TeaTracks. In the past years Jan contributed to the open source audio software SuperCollider. His music has been performed across the world at festivals such as ICSM World Music Days, ICMC, Spark, MusicAcoustica, TodaysArt, BEAST. Jan studied Media Design in Weimar, Sonology in Den Haag and Computer Music at the University of Birmingham. Currently he works as an iOS developer in Appsterdam and is visiting lecturer for computer music at the University Ilmenau. falkenst.com teatracks.com

Machinefabriek – electronics

Machinefabriek is the alias of Rutger Zuydervelt. Rutger’s music combines elements of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic experiments. His pieces can be heard as an attempt to create sonic environments for the listener to dwell in. Finding tension in texture, tone and timing, the result can be very minimalistic at first glance, but reveals itself upon closer listening. The devil is in the details.

Rutger was born in 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and now resides in Rotterdam. He started recording as Machinefabriek in 2004. After a series of self released cd-rs, his official debut Marijn was issued in 2006, with great critical acclaim. Since than, a solid stream of music was released on labels such as Type, Important, Home Normal, 12K, Entr’acte, Dekorder, Digitalis, Experimedia and Staalplaat. He performed all over the globe, from Canada to Israel and from Russia to Japan.

Ephémère #42 - 13th November 2014

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

Arvind Ganga and Onno Govaert

Arvind Ganga is a guitarist from The Hague. He draws freely from the world of drone, noise, North Indian classical music, free improvisation, sound art and experimental rock. With a few effects, loose objects and his familiar red guitar he forms it into a loosely structured chaotic mess. Onno Govaert is an improvising drummer from Amsterdam. He has played with famous artists and traveling around the world with the noisy freejazzers of Cactus Truck. He is known for his ruthless spazzy rumbling, his relentless movements and uninhibited, imaginative style. Ganga and Govaert played a few times together with the music and dance improvisation group ‘Help Me To Crash’. From their improvisations creates an intense, pulsating and morphing simultaneously individual and collective experience. This is their first performance as a duo.

Visa Kuoppala

Visa Kuoppala is a Finnish composer who lives in London. Improviser and field recording maker He is particularly active in the field of acoustic composition and electroacoustic improvisation, which he is fascinated by the poetic, emotional and atmospheric qualities of enigmatic and ambiguous sounds. He developed the Thet, a granular performance digital environment and compositiehulpmidddel based on synthesis and feedback for his improvisational performances.

Luc Houtkamp and Ilya Z. Shay

Ilya Ziblat Shay is a composer and bassist, born in Haifa, Israel. His music alternates between free and fixed structures, and explores combinations of solid walnut with guided improvisation. He composes for both instruments and electronics.His work is widely carried by multiple ensembles. Houtkamp is a composer that the gap between the different worlds of music able to bridge. And saxophonist With his background as a saxophonist in jazz and improvised music set itself the goal to achieve a continuum between improvisation and composition, the differences between the two are lifted. Using computers and live electronics, and various forms of musical notation, his compositions are highly personal, both in sound and in idea. Houtkamp and Shay playing acoustic free improvisation.

Ephémère #41 - 9th October 2014

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

Documentary about Ryoji Ikeda

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.

Naked Wolf – free improv

Felicity Provan – trumpet Seb El Zin – voice, electronics Yedo Gibson – baritonesax, tenorsax Mikael Szafirowski – guitar Luc Ex – bass Gerri Jäger – drums

In the middle of Naked Wolf’s free improvisations a thoroughly danceable groove may suddenly arise. ‘Feel free to dance’ is the band’s surprising motto, after all. The jagged, hypnotic rhythms that are characteristic for the group sound are not just laid down by drummer Gerri Jäger and bass guitarist Luc Ex, but just as much by Yedo Gibson’s pumping baritone sax. The latter, with a clarinet as his second instrument, forms the compact horn section with Felicity Provan’s trumpet, thus representing the acoustic element within the band. In contrast to this are the electronics of guitarist Mikael Szafirowski’s effect pedals and Ofir Klemperer’s synthesizer. The composed material that makes up Naked Wolf’s repertoire, in addition to the free improvisations, is designed and developed by all six members. It may take the shape of long, outstretched passages or in rapid interchanges in mood and rhythm, in high voltage intensity or in quiet moments, and refers to such diverse genres as jazz, pop, world music and noise. It keeps the musicians continuously on the alert, thus switching off the auto pilot, whilst the band carefully steers clear of predictability.

Casper Schipper – live coding

Casper Schipper (Haarlem, 1984), is a composer of electronic music. He has collaborated in the past with VocaalLab, Rozalie Hirs and Willem Boogman. He is also currently working for Stichting The Game of Life, managing it’s portable 192 speaker Wavefield Synthesis System. Casper’s performance will be a live exploration of his generative ChucK programs. These programs will be run, modified, combined, terminated, crashed, rewritten and debugged on the fly, all in search of musical beauty and surprise.

Naja Ankarfeldt – Mutaatio 3D

Naja Ryde Ankarfeldt graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, school of design in Copenhagen 2013.She now studies ArtScience MA at The Art Academy of The Hague, the Netherlands. She researches the ecology of repetitive forms, dynamic and spatial patterns to produce aesthetic tactile experiences. Through her visual artwork she investigates how we are connected to nature, and how the knowledge of shapes and biological structures can be presented through working with materials, technology and digital art. More info at breathingthing.com. Contact: najaankar@gmail.com

Ephémère #40 - 11th September 2014

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

Martijn Comes [NL] – live electronics

Martijn Comes is a Dutch musician/composer who is specialized in new media, sound design and electro-acoustic composition. He wrote diverse works based on research in popular music, contemporary music and classical music combining elements of various aesthetic, composition techniques and sound design in four releases: “Dominion” (2008), “Lostitude” (2008), “Den Haag” (2009), “Those who know do not speak | Those who speak do not know” (2012), “Galactic Cinema” (2013) and his current work “Infinite Spaces and Beyond (2014)”.

Galm Quartet - improvised music

George Hadow [UK] – drums Andreas Fulgosi [IT]- baritone guitar Laurens van der Wee [NL] – no-input mixer Michael Foster [US]- saxophones

Galm Quartet is an international improvising ensemble consisting of saxophones, baritone guitar, no-input mixer and drums. Their music is defined by its contradictions, rife with both rapid changes and gradual long form development. In energetic and enjoyable live performances, the quartet straddles the fine line between Erik Satie and the Sex Pistols with a both provocative and genuinely sentimental alchemy.

Yiannis Tsirikoglou[GR]- live electronics

Yiannis Tsirikoglou (Gr) (electronics, objects) is an electronic music composer, performer, sound artist and developer currently living and working in The Hague, where he also completed his master degree at the Institute of Sonology. He is participating in several projects including Eventless Plot (Thessaloniki), Duel Protocol (The Hague), Parallels (Amsterdam) and collaborating with different musicians. Yiannis has released works on labels like Granny records, Aural Terrains, Another timbre and performed live at numerous venues and festivals in the Netherlands, Greece, Lithuania, Germany and Italy. He has also composed music for dance performances , animation and film. In his live performances Yiannis is exploring instabilities of highly sensitive systems. Algorithms, acoustic sound , object bodies, devices as sound making stations but also as material, electricity and the space itself define a medium with fragile feed-backing relationships and interactions. Those conditions of uncertainty provide endless possibilities for interference leading to new spatial sound experiences.

Ephémère Season 2013-2014

Ephémère #39 - 12th June 2014

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

KANG – analog and digital noise

BJARNI GUNNARSSON and CEDRIC DUPIRE – live electronics and visuals

ZENO VAN DEN BROEK – live electronics

Ephémère #38 - 15th May 2014

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

Domino kwartet : Omiros Miltiadous – drums / Francesco Saccheti – guitar / Ignacio Santoro – double bass / Jorge Variego – reeds, compositions

Wos#x: (re:de)form No. 2 – a composed space for two percussionists : Mei-Yi Lee – percussion / Chi-Hsia Lai – percussion

EFT : Ofer Bymel – drums / Ido Bukelman – guitar / Daniel Davidovsky – electronics

Ephémère #37 - 10th April 2014

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poster design: Gabriele Hultsch

Aurélie LIERMAN – “Anosmia”, tape piece

Dafne VICENTE-SANDOVAL – bassoon amplified and Ferran FAGES – guitar, resonant objects, acoustic turntable and electronics

Graham FLETT – “Engrosh Futuro”, tape + instrumental composition

Ephémère #36 - 13th March 2014

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HOW TOWN : Sarah Klenes – voice / Elina Silova – voice / Laura Polence – voice / Micah Kessel – voice / Matiss Cudars – guitar / Lennart Heyndels – bass and compositions

JASPER STADHOUDERS and LEO SVIRSKY Jasper Stadhouders – guitar/ Leo Svirsky – piano

NIKOLAJ KYNDE and MATUS KOBOLKA : Nikolaj Kynde – trombone and electronics / Matus Kobolka – electronics

Ephémère #35 - 13th February 2014

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Stefano Sgarbi and Jorge Variego : Didjeridoo, saxophone and computer

Nora Mulder and Rogier Smal : Piano and drums

Jan Klug : Live electronics

Ephémère #34 - 16th January 2014

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Elisa Battistutta and Emmanuel Flores : Live music and visual interactive performance

Maia Francisco : Piano and wave Oscillator

Ilya Ziblat Shay and Hallveig Ágústsdóttir : Sonic and visual improvisation

Ephémère #33 - 12th December 2013

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Ada Rave and Nico Chientaroli: tenor sax, piano, objects

Ellerhusen Holm / Arntzen / Stackenäs : Klaus Ellerhusen Holm – sax, clarinet / Roger Arntzen – double bass / David Stackenäs – guitar

Ephémère #32 - 14th November 2013

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Sinozaur : Krists Auznieks, piano / Edgars Rubenis, guitar and gadgets / Pauls Pokratnieks, drums

Auris Bavarskis : electronics

Renato Ferreira – saxophone / Mikael Szafirowski – guitar / Vasco Trilla – drums

Ephémère #31 - 10th October 2013

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Leonie Roessler and Andrew Booth : Leonie Roessler – Composition, electronics / Andrew Booth – Guitar

Yota Moromito : Live electronics

Szanovesi and Genorovski : Mikael Szafirowski – Guitar Alfredo Genovesi – Guitar

Ephémère #30 - 12th September 2013

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EKE – free improv

Yedo Gibson – reeds Oscar Jan Hoogland – electric clavichord Gerri Jäger – percussion

EKE takes off from free improvisation. This method, in which creative process and sound result coincide, results in a thrilling on the edge experience for both audience and performers. Each player has his own voice in the counterpoint, employing a highly individual musical language that through intensive playing is sharply attuned to the group. Aware of contemporary conceptions EKE focuses on reshaping free improvisation using elements of noise, jazz, 20th century composed music and punk. The result is a dynamic, forward-moving and anarchic audio experience, featuring fresh instant compositions, broad contrasts in length, dynamics and texture, driving rhythms and high energy. The three band members met in Amsterdam and played for the first time together in September 2007. From the first moment it was obvious that this was not a one-night stand. The flexible trio setting felt right and musical universes expanded. EKE set about playing and developing, including collaborations with the Boucalee Ensemble, and Yedo Gibson’s Royal Improviser’s Orchestra. Concerts followed at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Utrecht Jazz Festival, dOeK Festival, the Loft in Cologne (Germany), and the ZomerJazzFietsTour, culminating in a big tour in Brazil last summer.

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Wen Chin Fu

Spine Spinning – live performance with self-made instrument

This performance is a new work of exploring body movement and sound. Étienne-Jules Marey had varies document about the motion. In one of his work, Etude de la locomotion humaine: Homme marchant avec une baguette fixée le long de la colonne vertébrale, he successfully created the feeling of spine movement. Spine Spinning performance will rethink human motion by moving through daily exercises. A designed costume will be present in this performance. www.wenchinfu.com

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Yannis Tsirikoglou

Live electronics

In between real and virtual spaces, events and regularity, acoustic, amplified and generative sound, silence and noise this work mainly explores time as the everlasting process of decaying Forms, somehow the same process for the creation of new.

Yiannis Tsirikoglou is a composer / performer / sound artist born in 1981 in Larissa, Greece. In 2000 he moved to Thessaloniki (Greece) where he studied Civil Engineering. In 2009 he attended the Sonology course at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Netherlands and he has recently finished the Sonology Master studies at the same school with teachers like Kees Tazelaar, Paul Berg, Richard Barrett, Joel Ryan and Johan van Kreij, dealing with subjects including algorithmic synthesis, sound sculpting using mathematical models and spatial composition / synthesis techniques. As a member of the Thessaloniki based trio Eventless Plot, he has released several tracks and albums like the critically acclaimed Ikon cd on Granny records (2009) and the new album Recon which is released from Thanos Chrysakis’ label Aural Terrains in July 2012. E. plot shared the stage with artists like Giuseppe Ielasi, Angel, Vladislav Delay [Synch festival 2008, Knot gallery 2011 (Athens) and many more]. He is also participating in the digital sound duo Duel Protocol with Auris Bavarskis, making sound installations and performances using new technologies and unconventional ways (light feedback systems, typing processes) presented in venues and festivals like Worm(Rotterdam), FIBER Festival(Amsterdam) and Jauna Muzika Festival(Vilnius-Lithuania). Yiannis is working also as a composer / sound designer on film, dance and art installations. In 2011 he made the soundtrack for the animation .::. .::. .::. [DUST], a collaboration with visual artist Mariska de Groot originally made for 360 panoramic cinema and 6 loudspeakers presented at Oddstream Festival 2011(Nijmegen,Netherlands), nominated for punto y raya festival (Reina Sofía ,Madrid) competition and presented in the international Fest of Contemporary animation and media-art LINOLEUM (Moscow). .::. .::. .::. [DUST] soundtrack was released from More Mars label in a special 3” cd edition. Recently he created music and sound for the dance piece Mirage with the choreographer Loreta Juodkaite for the Korzo theater in Den Haag. Active in the free impro scene, he lately attended workshops by Peter Evans, Evan Parker and Sarah Nicolls between others, collaborated with many musicians and participated in the Sonology Electroacoustic Ensemble, organized by Richard Barrett. In December 2012 he participated at Quadrophonia#2.0 (International Festival Of Electroacoustic Surround Sound) in Nürnberg improvising with Andre Bartetzki, Lawrence Casserley, Michael Ammann, Christopher Haworth. For his multichannel compositions as well as his live performances he is building his own Max/Msp programs where mathematical models (as trajectories) and trackpad information are used (together with special mapping systems) to control several sound parameters and spatial position of sounds at the same time. His goal is to create immersive new forms of sound with “natural” or complex development in time and space while preserving an intuitive real – time control.




Ephémère Season 2012-2013

Ephémère #29 - 13th June 2013

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Kaja Draksler (piano) and Onno Govaert (drums), free improvisation

>Kaja Draksler and Onno Govaert started playing as a duo only recently. Their respective musical backgrounds, personal esthetics, and ideas create very rich and powerful music. This will be their first concert ever!

Onno Govaert, drums, born 1987 in Kaatsheuvel (Efteling), lives in Amsterdam and is a member of different jazz, free jazz and improvised music groups such as Cactus Truck, Govaert/deJoode/Stadhouders trio, RIO, Trialectics, duo Vatcher/Govaert among others. He has played with musicians Arthur Doyle, Joe McPhee, Terrie Ex, Ab Baars, Chris Corsano, Roy Campbell, Jeb Bishop, Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Ken Vandermark, Peter Evans, Matts Gustafsson and many more.

Kaja Draksler was born in Kranj, Slovenia in 1987. She is a pianist and composer. Currently she is studying Masters of classical composition at The Conservatory of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in jazz piano with honors at Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, The Netherlands in June 2009. She is the leader of Acropolis Quintet, the founder of BadBooshBand, as well as active member of European Movement Jazz Orchestra (EMJO) and Kasu. She has been commissioned to write for Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, EMJO, Looptail, Big Band RTV Slovenia, Romana Krajncan, Jararaja, Janez Dovc and others. She has been performing in Slovenia, Italiy, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Romania, The Netherlands, Croatia, Macedonia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Portugal, Estonia, Norway, Ireland, Egypt and USA.

Casper Schipper, live electronics solo

Casper Schipper is an electronic musician born in 1984 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. Pieces have been performed at the Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam DNK, the 2009 Shanghai International Electroacoustic Music Week, Studio Loos, Instituto de Sonologia en Argentina, the Institute for New Music, Bremen and Folkwang Hochschule Essen. He has also collaborated with composers Rozalie Hirs, Willem Boogman and VocaalLab. Together with Emmanuel Flores he started Monotone, a studio focused at creation of interactive technology. For more info www.monotonestudio.nl / www.casperschipper.nl (also go here for the links to my Github) For this performance at Ephemere, Casper Schipper will present a live coding session, using ChucK and perhaps some PD. The duration is around 20 minutes, if no fatal crashes occur before.

Rodrigo Parejo Mateos, Lovorka Holjevac, Karl Ingi Karlsson and Thrainn Hjalmarsson performing music by Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and Thrainn Hjalmarsson

Rodrigo Parejo Mateos, Lovorka Holjevac, Karl Ingi Karlsson and Thrainn Hjalmarsson perform music by the composers Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and Thrainn Hjalmarsson. Both composers are members of the Icelandic composer s collective S.L.A.T.U.R [Society of artistically obtrusive composers around Reykjavik] and have used in recent years animated notation in their works for different artistic reasons.

Thrainn Hjalmarsson (b. 1987) studied composition with the composers Atli Ingolfsson, Yannis Kyriakides and Gilius van Bergeijk at the Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik and at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, from 2006-2011. His works have been performed at various places on various occasions worldwide by artists such as Uusinta-ensemble, SKARK string ensemble, Njuton, Athelas-sinfonietta, Duo Harpverk, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Klang and Tinna Thorsteinsdottir. Thrainn is a member of the composers collective S.L.A.T.U.R (Society of artistically obtrusive composers around Reykjavik), the art and technology forum LornaLAB and chairman of the Icelandic committee of UNM(Ung Nordisk Musik)-festival. Currently residing in Reykjavik, working on various projects such as running the concert series, Hljodon (e. Phonems) at Hafnarborg Art Center and developing the musical instrument Thranofonn (e. Thranophone), a feedback instrument based on acoustic resonance in various (complex/simple) cavities.




Ephémère #28 - 9th May 2013

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Mei-Yi Lee, Nina Hitz and Sandra Pujols

Mei-Yi Lee (percussion), Nina Hitz (cello) and Sandra Pujols (voice) are joining to play for first time together this free improvised concert.

Sandra Pujols is a contemporary singer, composer and dancer. She graduated in composition at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the teachings of Martijn Padding and is currently studying her master at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (Codarts) with Rene Uijlenhoet. Sandra studied classical singing technique as well as EVTS, and she is currently singing with: Asko Chamber Choir, Lux Ensemble,Yoko Ana and Royal Improvisers Orchestra. She is always combined her musical studies with classical and contemporary dance training, skill that she uses in some of her projects.

Mei-Yi Lee (Taipei, 1982) is a Percussionist and Performer based in the Netherlands. After achieved her bachelor degree at the National Taiwan University of Arts she moves to The Netherlands to continue her musical education at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under the supervision of Fedor Tunisse, Luuk Nagtegaal, Hans Zonderop. Her master research was focusing in the percussion works of John Cage. Presently she is a regular guest performer with several ensembles such as Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Taiwan Youth Orchestra, NJO, Percussion Ensemble 1002, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, among others; performing in important concert halls from France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, China, Japan and Taiwan. She is currently studying the konzertexamen degree at the Stuttgart Conservatory, as well as collaborating frequently with young artists and composers.

Harald Austbo

Harald Austbo began classical cello at the age of nine and later came into contact with improvisation through Ernst Reijseger. He has a Bachelor in Acting (Antwerp Theater School) and a Bachelor Cello-Jazz (Conservatory of Amsterdam). He toured and composed for various music theatre productions (Orkater) in the Netherlands and Belgium and plays in various jazz, improvisation and theatre groups. Current bands are: The Ambush Party, Susies Haarlok, Chris Corstens Kwartet, White Noise Ensemble. Austbo also plays solo with loops and human beat box.

Zvuv Clarinet Quartet

Zvuv Clarinet Quartet is Cornelia Zambila (violin), Maya Felixbrodt (viola), Clara Riviera (cello) and Camille Verhaak (clarinet). Three musical ingredients, driven from different compositional and performance methods, creating one piece: Quartet for Clarinet / Penderecki, Zvuvim / Graphic latex game score generated with movement by Maya Felixbrodt, and free improvisation.

Cornelia Zambila was born in Bucharest. She started to show interest for music at a very early age, inspired by her parents love for art. Having graduated the George Enescu Music Lyceum in Bucharest (violin, viola, piano), she continued her studies at the National University of Music in her homecity, expanding her creativity through the study of composition (with prof. Doina Rotaru) and orchestra conducting (prof. Dumitru Goia). During an exchange period in Belgium, at the Gent Conservatoire, Cornelia came in contact with the practice of external european music (West-African, Indian, Japanese, a.o.), which opened up new perspectives on performing and the ontological conditions of the artist. Since 2011 Cornelia is a student of the New Audiences and Innovative Practices Master program, following violin lessons with Vera Beths.

Clara Riviere was born on 1987 in Madrid, Spain. She studied violonchelo at the Royal Conservatori of Salamanca with Aldo Mata. She also as been teached by Angel Luis Quintana, Wolfgang Boether, Jaap Ter Linden, Marc Coppei, etc. Now she es doing postgraduatd with Larissa Groeneveld at the Royal conservatorium of Den Haag. She has played with the Jorcam orquestra and she has played as a soloist with the OSDA orquestra from the conservatory of Salamanca in Spain.

Camille Verhaak (1988) studies the Clarinet with Pierre Woudenberg at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. Classically trained, she found her way to creation through improvisation. Next to the classical curriculum, she improvises with students form the classical-, composition-, jazz- and dancedepartment in the group DAMU that has performed in places like the public library and Den Haag Centraal Station as well as in concerthalls. She also collaborates with composers in her quartet that performs classical and improvised music.

Maya Felixbrodt is a violist, composer and performance artist. More info at: www.pninax.com




Ephémère #27 - 11th April 2013

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Kate Moore

Homage to my boots - solo electric cello

Stories for ocean shells - solo electric cello and quad tapes

Kate Moore [Oxford 1979] is an Australian musician and composer of new music based in the Netherlands. Active on the international scene, Moore has had works performed by acclaimed ensembles including ASKO/ Schoenberg, The Bang On A Can All-Stars, The Calder Quartet, The Grand Band, Stracc, The Amsterdam Cello Octet, Lucilin, Third Angle Ensemble, Trio Scordatura, TwoSense, The Song Company, Ensemble Klang and De Ereprijs Orkest. Her works have been performed in major festivals including Sonic Festival NYC (2011) Musica Sacra Maastricht (2011/ 2012) Klank en Kleur Festival Amsterdam (2011) The Sydney Film Festival (2011) Ecstatic Music festival NYC (2011) ISCM World Music Days (2010), Bang on a Can Marathon - World Financial Center (2010) MATA NYC (2009), ICWM (2008), MODART07 (2007) Bang on a Can Summer Festival (2007), International Gaudeamus Festival (2003/ 2011), Apeldoorn International Young Composer Meeting (2003). More info: http://kemoore.ihere.info

Barbara Ellison

Barbara Ellison (IRL) is an artist living and working in Den Haag. She works visually and sonically using a diverse range of materials and processes. At the core of her practice is a fascination for the physiological and perceptual effects of sound on the body and mind with a particular interest in the process of the ritual and ritualisation. Her performances often play with ritualistic forms giving rise to sonic structures emerging through a hypnotic repetitious exploration of a simple sound-producing action. In this performance she will be exploring the medium of amplified drawings to create a sound environment which lures out phantoms of sound. She is also currently undertaking a PhD research project Sonic Phantoms for Huddersfield University, UK where she is researching the phenomenon of sonological emergence through a study of auditory perception, ambiguity and illusion. She composes and performs, makes installations, drawings, sculpture, performs in her own projects and is one of the six artists of the improvising performance art collective Trickster.

This performance is part of a new body of work exploring the exploitation of perceptually thresholds and ambiguity in the Auditory domain and correspondences between figure /ground reversal phenomenon in vision and its counterpart in Audition. Despite the relentless repetition, for me the fascination comes from the emergent patterns that appear in the foreground and disappear randomly and spontaneously, shifting and repeating with repeated listenings. I am intrigued by these unstable systems with their changing perspectives and am exploring their creative potential. For this performance, Barbara Ellison invited performer Nathalie Smoor.

Machinefabriek and Roel Meelkop

Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek) was born on 28 July 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands), and now resides in Rotterdam. He started working as Machinefabriek in 2004. Except for a few piano and guitar lessons when he was young, Rutger did not study music. Instead, he graduated as a graphic designer. The sleeves of his releases are practically always designed by Rutger himself, being a crucial part of the music. Machinefabriek s music combines elements of ambient, modern classical, minimalism, drone and field recordings. His pieces unfold as films without image, with a sharp ear for detail. After a series of self released CD-Rs, the official debut Marijn, was issued by Lampse in 2006. Since then a solid stream of singles and albums was released on labels like Type, Important, Home Normal, 12K, Dekorder, Digitalis, Experimedia and Staalplaat. Performing live has been an important expression for Machinefabriek. He took his gear all over the globe, form Canada to Israel and from Russia to Japan. Rutger collaborated (on record and/or live) with numerous artists, such as Steinbruchel, Jaap Blonk, Aaron Martin, Peter Broderick, Frans de Waard, Simon Nabatov, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Roden, Gareth Davis, Stephen Vitiello, Michel Banabila and Tim Catlin, amongst many others. He also frequently works with film makers, like Chris Teerink, for whom he composed a soundtrack for his documentary about Sol LeWitt. He also worked with more abstract film makers like Makino Takashi, John Price and Paul Clipson. Besides films, Rutger also composes music for dance pieces, like Alix Eynaudi and Kris Verdonck s EXIT (premiered at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin) and, most recently, Ivan Perez Hide And Seek, for Korzo, The Hague. Then there is his installation work, in which the dialogue with the environment always plays an inportant role. Rutger made installations for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NAi (Dutch Architecture Institute) and the new Armando Museum (MOA). This year (2013), Rutger Zuydervelt is on the long-list for the Prix de Rome.

Roel Meelkop (Tegelen, NL, 1963) studied sculpture and painting at Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam, NL. He graduated in 1990 and in the years after that he concentrated mainly on painting. Five years later, he decided to expand his views on art and philosophy and applied for a postgraduate course at the same academy. He graduated from this course in 1997. By then, Meelkop had abandoned painting altogether in favour of working with sound. Before this he had already been working with THU20 on experimental sound collages and electronic music. This practice was extended and now includes sound installations and performances as well. Nowadays, Meelkop regularly plays live performances around the world, either solo, or with one of the three musical projects he is involved with: THU20 (musique concrete), Kapotte Muziek (electro-acoustic music) or GOEM (electronic music). His solo music is a unique combination of the aforementioned styles. Besides his live activities, Meelkop has a long list of releases to show for his creativity and productivity in the studio. Another area of interest for Meelkop is sound in space. The relation between space and sound and the unique artistic possibilities this offers have urged him to create several installations, not only in exhibition spaces, but also in public spaces. Most of these installations are created specifically for the spaces that will hold them and are based on Meelkop s impressions from these spaces. In most cases the work is not visual but auditory, thus expanding the existing space in a way that visual art will never achieve. Central issue in these installations is the experience of space and time at a specific place and time. Aside from his artistic activities, Meelkop is also active as organiser, curator and programmer of contemporary sound art and electronic music in Rotterdam, NL and as a reviewer for the email magazine Vital Weerkly.

For this Ephemere edition, Roel Meelkop and Machinefabriek will play each a solo and then a duo.




Ephémère #26- 14th March 2013

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Jasper Stadhouders, Laurens Van der Wee and George Hadow (electric guitar, no-input mixer and drums)

Laurens van der Wee (1982) makes music and sound art by technological means. No-input mixer improv, with or without additional musicians, installation art, music for dance and other disciplines belong to his scope. Galm Quartet is an international improvising ensemble, Zoodio is deconstructed cassette tape recorder machines in space, Tjong Pow is electronic analogue improv, Stadhouders/Van der Wee/Hadow Trio is also improv. 27, 27 Scenes and Hold me feast are all modern dance/performance backed with electronic music. Work has been performed and presented in The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, Macedonia and other countries, at occasions such as the Hong Kong International Dance Symposium, ICMC, SMC, etc. www.laurensvanderwee.nl

George Hadow is an English drummer based in Amsterdam since June 2012. He shares the stage with, amongst others, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Onno Govaert, Wilbert de Joode, Felicity Provan, Wolter Wierbos, Eric Boeren, Michael Moore, Joost Buis, Renato Ferreira, Terrie Ex, Christian Ferlaino, Raoul van der Weide, Michel Scheen, Leo Svirsky, Dianne Verdonk, Frank van Bommel, Michael Foster, Leila Bordreuil, Yedo Gibson, Mikael Szafirowski, Nora Mulder, Laurens van de Wee, Andreas Fulgosi, Andy Moor, DJ Sniff, Bart van de Putten, Alex Hood, Stephen Simpson, Jamie Benzies, Andreas Fulgosi.

Jasper Stadhouders (Tilburg, Netherlands, 1989) is a guitarist and bassist based in Amsterdam. He is an active member of the (inter)national improvised music circuit. He is a co-founder of the band Cactus Truck and the Stadhouders/Govaert/De Joode Trio and works as a sideman in various groups (a.o. Spinifex Quintet), next to playing countless of ad hoc improv shows. He also occasionally works in the fields of dance, theatre and contemporary composed music. Jasper has played with Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Paal Nilssen-Love, Marshall Allen, Wolter Wierbos, Noel Redding, Ken Vandermark, Jim Black, Andrew D Angelo, Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Wilbert De Joode, Peter Evans, Frank Rosaly, Dave Rempis, Roy Campbell, Michael Moore, Jeb Bishop, Peter Jacquemyn, Ingrid Laubrock and many more. Jasper has performed extensively in Europe and the USA.

Pablo Sanz (sound artist)

Pablo Sanz - [in]audible

unheard, out of earshot; indistinct, imperceptible, faint, muted, soft, low, muffled, whispered, muttered, murmured, mumbled; silent, soundless, noiseless, hushed; ultrasonic. [in]audible is a sound piece based on the exploration of hidden acoustic spaces. Departing from the notions of indirect listening and blind field recording, unconventional listening technologies have been used to capture phenomena beyond the thresholds of our perception. Magnetic fields, vibrating structures, infra, ultrasonic and underwater sound have been amplified and used as source material in the composition, focusing on the spatiality and textural patterns of the original recordings. Sounds recorded between 2008 and 2012 in natural and built environments in Karlsruhe, Germany; Den Haag, The Netherlands; Bratislava and Mala Fatra, Slovakia; Madrid and Sant Bartomeu del Grau, Spain. Pablo Sanz is a Spanish sound artist currently based in The Netherlands. His activities are engaged with the act of listening and the exploration of aesthetic and spatial aspects of sound through phonography, site-specific installations, live performances and fixed media works. http://www.pablosanz.info/

Alfredo Genovesi and Emese Csornai (guitar, electronic / light, projection and image)

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Alfredo Genovesi: guitar and electronics /// Emese Csornai: light/projection/image

Emese Csornai is a light designer and dramaturg. She studied architcture in the Technical University of Budapest and got a degree of Bachelor of fine arts in Amsterdam Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2009. Alongside she picked up theater light design as a self-study, that soon became her occupation. Currently she works in Amsterdam as a Light designer and Dramaturgfor various theater and dance groups.

About Alfredo Genovesi: "Really outrageous stuff, congratulations... The range of (Alfredo s) work is awesome" . John Zorn. /// "...eddying currents of guitar overridden and rearranged by a culmative welter of modifications... loaded like detritus into the drift". David Stubbs (The Wire) /// "Great legs". Mary Oliver




Ephémère #25 - 14th February 2013

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Martijn Barendregt - No-input-mixer

Martijn Barendregt will perform with a no-input-mixer setup. He will play textures of sound over 4 speakers surrounding him and the audience. No earplugs needed.

Martijn Barendregt is an musician/composer situated in the city of The Hague. After playing guitar for several years he got more and more in to electronic music. His interest in electronic music started with a small guitar-effects pedal, a speaker and a microphone connected in a feedback-loop. He studies Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His main subject is feedback-systems in both the digital and analogue domain. A great deal of his oeuvre consists of improvisations where either digital or analogue forms of feedback are used as the basis of his performances. Next to electronic music he works on the music for the documentary Zout Water by Anne Fehres and follows Jazz classes. This year (2013) he will be graduating. (soundcloud.com/martijn-barendregt)

Renato Ferreira - Free improvisation solo

The performance to take place at Ephemere in the Hague will be based in improvised music of the player. No more detail can be given, since the content of the performance is improvised and should be kept as a secret until the moment that the performer starts to play. Renato Ferreira (1981) was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a composer, improviser, double bass player, tenor sax player. He graduated from a Bachelor degree in composition at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (2007-2011) and he is currently continuing with a Master degree in composition from the same conservatory. Renato is involved with different kinds of music and art, with interchange of disciplines and people. He started to play free improvisation music in 2004, with the brazilian collective Abaetetuba. In Europe, already played with John Edwards, Steve Noble, Dominique Lash, Marcio Mattos, Anne La Berge, Nora Mulder, Wilbert De Joode, Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Michael Vatcher, Michael Moore, Joost Buis, Oscar Jan Hoogland, John Dijkman, Yedo Gibson, Wim Janssen, Eric Boeren, Marie Guilleray, Alan Gunga Purves, Alfredo Genovesi, Hans Houtman, Roro, Luc Van Weelden, Stephen Doyle etc. Currently Renato is living and working in Amsterdam.

Fani Konstantinidou - Live electronics

This performance is inspired by people, ideas, places and of course recordings of the past six months. From Greece to Poland and from Spain back to the Netherlands. Fani Konstantinidou is a sound artist / composer of electronic/electroacoustic music, living and working in The Hague, the Netherlands. Her artistic research focuses on conceptual composition, sonic images and the perception/imagination of the listener in electroacoustic music. Currently, she is expanding this research by investigating how the cultural/social and individual differences of the audience can affect the listening process. Through her music she explores the power of space and time on each individual sound, especially as compositional tools that affect listener s perception. She has a particular interest in the combination of computer generated sounds with physical sound sources.

Colin Hacklander as GOOD GOD - Next time, die consciously

When you stare into the abyss and the abyss stares back into you... A complacent life is a failed life. F... YOU / I LOVE YOU (...and what is at the core? Is it...). Maybe the purpose of the life is to prepare for death... and how to prepare? "He died from one stab to the head... through his skull... I actually had to knock the knife out..." (Resonating objects with transducers; programming with Max/Msp; piezos; algorithmic bits via playback; other; DRUMSET...) Colin Hacklander is a self-taught drummer and composer who tours, organizes events, and works with various artist organizations in Berlin, Minneapolis, NYC and now in Den Haag. See Mica Moca, NK, Salon Bruit, OpenSound, GH, Tacheles Kunsthaus, Dystopia, Minneapolis Free Music Society, Capillary Action, Contemporary Music Workshop, Sound Gallery, Consortium of Symphonic Transients, and also Institute of Sonology... Drums, electronics, live processing, composition. Biological Father, GOOD GOD... Shared bills with Lightning Bolt, Wolf Eyes, Deerhoof, Joke Lanz, Shelley Hirsch, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Japanther, Jim Black, toured with Charles Hayward, performed with Doudou N diaye Rose, performed under James Dillon... (www.goodgod.biz / soundcloud.com/goodgodd)




Ephémère #24 - 10th January 2013

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Glanzkoffer (Kathrin Grenzdorffer)

Based on her own field recording journeys, Glanzkoffer exploits the poetic potential of everyday sounds. She programs these fragments to become a crucial part of her experimental songwriting, where sonic aesthetics get invited by catchy tunes. Her most recent pieces are inspired by the sound of people and machines working. www.sonoscoop.com

Genetic Choir and Tanja Smit - voices and images

Tanja Smit creates drawings based on printed texts in books and newspaper-articles. Printed words become image. The Genetic Choir creates music from fragments of reality around them, for example the sounds they hear in the performance space. Both are exploring structures and patterns that lie hidden underneath the foremost layer of existing things. Smit s drawings are in fact graphic scores, asking to be played. The past year Smit and the Choir cooperated in a workshop and some try-outs, with interesting results. In this concert, the singers of the Genetic Choir will newly investigate the text scores of which some will be projected for the audience. Together, we will explore the relationship between written words, image, structures and music.

The Genetic Choir is a vocal ensemble that performs concerts without having prepared any music beforehand. The vocalists train themselves as a musical organism, a small human society that interacts in spontaneous sound, becoming music. The music of the Genetic Choir is related to chaos theory, complexity and the self-organizing principles of interrelated nodes in a living network. Genetic Choir compositions create meaning and beauty from seeming randomness, not unlike genes that multiply and mutate, or oscillators that sync with each other after a certain tipping point. Starting point and frame of the compositions can differ per project, but the music always incorporates the reality at hand: the architecture and acoustics of the building, the people present, accidental things that the vocalists hear, sense, smell. In 2012, working with graphic scores and singing compositions on food (taste-scores) have been new, exciting developments of the Choir. See our website: www.genetic-choir.org Singers in this project are Alexandra de Groot, Amazone Nativel, Anita Kooij, Gabrielle Barros Martins, Hans Paape, Jeannette Huizinga, Marjolijn Roeleveld, Peter Huber, Tanaquil Schuttel, Thomas Johannsen, Yinske Silva.

Tanja Smit is a Dutch visual artist who, apart from images, works with language and music. After finishing studies painting and drawing at the KABK she started up her artist s practice in The Hague and later moved to Barcelona, Spain, where she resided 16 years. Since 2009 she is based again in The Hague. Her textimages consist of simple, repetitive manual interventions that show underlying and new structures and meanings of the text, and are drawn directly upon it. They have been showed in exhibitions on display tables, by means of projections or reprints on banners.Their use as scores started in 2006 with a cooperation with composer Christopher Williams and the ensemble Chronophonie from Freiburg, Germany. In 2009 her work was part of Possibility of Action, the Life of the Score, an historic exhibition on graphic scores in Barcelona s MACBA museum. www.tanjasmit.com. In the Netherlands she cooperates on a regular basis with composer/performer Anne Wellmer and a small group of composers/performers united in MILE, the Music In Language Ensemble. The cast and size of MILE differs depending the occasion. Next to Wellmer and Smit participants have been Orlando Aguilar, Jelte van Andel, Angel Faraldo, Marie Guilleray, Anne La Berge, Mateo Marangoni, Sandra Pujols and Cora Schmeiser. In the cooperation with the Genetic Choir the emphasis lies on the improvisatory and harmonic aspects of the scores.

Thomas Johannsen is founder of the Genetic Choir and works as interdisciplinary performer and director on the boundaries of music, dance and theatre. For more of his work see: www.thojoh.com. He initiated a regular research+training space in Amsterdam, which is run by the international community of improvisers: The Carpet Sessions are inviting professionals of any discipline to share their work, train their craft and conduct research projects on improvisation. The same website hosts an interdisciplinary improvisation knowledge base, which is meant as a growing wikipedia for improvisation principles and concepts. The project is open to anyone in the field to join and contribute. www.instantcomposition.org

Wooden Strings Duo (Aldo Aranda and Sarah Nichols)

The beguilingly named Wooden Strings duo was founded in the Netherlands in 2010 by Mexican percussionist Aldo Aranda and French-British harpist Sarah Nichols. The duo produces unique and unusual combinations of sound, stemming from a mix of cultures, and the use of a wide range of instruments. The Wooden Strings arsenal of instruments boasts four different harps - the pedal harp, the Celtic, the Celtic-electric and the kora (African harp) - as well as percussion instruments such as, marimba, vibraphone and a large range of Latin-American, Asian and African percussions. In fact, they collect and use any items, even toys and rare objects that have an intriguing sound. Their versatility as performers allows them to experiment with all musical genres, from baroque, classical, pop and jazz through to contemporary and electro-acoustic music. They are also involved in exploring other art forms, such as dance, film and theatre, and are always on the lookout for unusual and interesting concert venues in order to reach a wider audience. In their constant quest to expand their repertoire in new directions, they are always on the search for collaborators, eager to work with composers from all over the world and promote new compositions for harp and percussion. Currently, Aldo and Sarah are working with Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, and Australian composer Jessica Wells. Wooden Strings have had an exciting start with an invitation to perform at the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver (Canada) in 2011 and more recently at the HIFA Festival 2012 (Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe). A concert tour in the Netherlands, Belgium and France is planned for 2012, as well as a performance at the Foro Internacional De Musica Nueva Manuel Enriquez in Mexico City in 2013. They are also beginning work on their debut CD album.

Aldo Aranda, graduated on Marimba and minor Composition at the Flemish Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium; and in Contemporary Percussion with a minor in Sonology and Composition at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, Netherlands, also specialized in Music-Theater-Percussion at the Fontys Conservatory, Tilburg, Netherlands. Awarded with honourable mentions in the 1st and 2nd Contest and International Festival of Marimba Players in Mexico, Aranda has premiered more than 15 different pieces from Latin American, Asian and European composers and has commissioned new works to renowned young composers. He has made several tours in Asia, Europe and Africa and given recitals and concerts in the main halls of Mexico City and other states of the republic, as well as being invited to the most prestigious festivals such as Festival de Avignon, Aarhus festival, Gaudeamus Music week, Netherlands Music Days, Sonic Visions, Cervantino International Festival. He has also colaborated and performed on a Worldwide Tour with the Theater Company Troubleyn and the artist, sculptor and director Jan Fabre with the production History of Tears. Aranda also collaborated with renowned ensembles, choreographers, conductors, composers and companies in contemporary and classical music such as Placido Domingo, Neeme Jarvi, Asko Schoenberg Ensemble, Louis Andriessen, Erich Sleichem, LOOS ensemble, Cora Bos- Kroese, Gabriela Ortiz and Heiner Gobbels. Recently he has created a new duet with harpist Sarah Nichols called Wooden Strings, based in Holland that has been invited to the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada and more recently to HIFA International Festival in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2012.

Sarah Nichols, born and educated in Paris where her parents settled, is the daughter of a Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) mother and a Welsh Patagonian father. She puts her love of travel and her interest in exotic climes and people down to this unusual heritage, in which she grew up bilingual and seeing the world from an early age. Sarah plays regularly as a soloist and in ensembles for various events. She has a harp and percussion duo called Wooden Strings, with Mexican percussionist Aldo Aranda. Sarah also has a harp, flute and percussion trio of music and storytelling, with French flutist Gaelle Dohen and Mexican percussionist Aldo Aranda. They are preparing a CD album of folk stories form around the world with music they created together. Parallel with her career as a performing artist, Sarah is also a committed and enthusiastic teacher. She is involved with various music educational groups such as MEMO (Memorabele Momenten), which encourages children to discover music through daily interactive performances; and Wonderland which offers music and dance improvisation concerts for children. Sarah has also founded an educational project called Modern Troubadours, a series of music and storytelling workshops. This project took place in Romania and the Netherlands in 2012 and will take place in Nepal, Zimbabwe and South Africa in 2013. www.sarahnicholsharp.weebly.com

Binmatu (Jonas Gruska)

Binmatu is an audiovisual experience. Psychedelic auralism resonating from stellar atmospheres. Sound oscillates between physical and etheric with speed of quartz crystals. Fine tune your eyes and open your ears. Auditory cortex glitches may occur.

Binmatu is a project of Jonas Gruska. Born in Czechoslovakia. Recently studying composition in Krakow (PL) and Institute of Sonology in The Hague (NL). Works mostly with computers and electronics as a musician and sound artist. He has authored interactive poems and visual performances, and is also a developer of open source computer instruments and artistic software. Gave workshops on city sonification and programming for artists. Performed and exhibited his work in Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia.




Ephémère #23 - 13th December 2012

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Yota Morimoto - Transnd.xy

Yota Morimoto is a Japanese composer born in San Paulo, Brazil, currently undertaking a doctorate research at the University of Birmingham, UK. His works explore unconventional approaches to generating and transmitting sound, implementing models of noise, turbulence and abstract machines. Works have been presented at festivals and conferences such as Gaudeamus Music Week [amsterdam], TodaysArtFestival [den haag], NWEAMO [mexico], Transmediale [berlin], ISEA [ruhr, istanbul], makeart festival [poitier], EMUfest [rome], ICMC [belfast], and SMC [porto, barcelona].

Transnd.xy is an audio-visual performance about xy-plot, feedback, and sound generated by transnd, a software developed by Yota.

Pierre Borel - solo saxophone

Pierre Borel is a parisian saxophonist and composer, working in the field of improvised and experimental music. Since 2006 he is residing in Berlin taking part of the high flow of ongoing creativity that is centered there. He has performed in most european countries, Japan and USA and is a regular playmate of Tobias Delius, Joel Grip, Hannes Lingens, Derek Shirley, Tetuzi Akiyama, Christoph Kurzmann, Didier Lasserre to name a few. He attained a master degree in Jazz at the Jazz Institute in Berlin in 2008, and continues questioning music and life through his studies in philosophy in Paris. Together with Florian Bergmann and Hannes Lingens, he is running the Umlaut Berlin collective that in recent years released three records and organized two festivals of improvised music. Musicians he had the opportunity to play with: Hannes Lingens, Derek Shirley, Christof Kurzmann, Tobias Delius, Clayton Thomas, Joel Grip, Axel Doerner, Ignaz Schick, Tetuzy Akiyama, Didier Lasserre, Madoka Kouno, Christian Marien and many others...

EKE - free improvisation trio

The electric clavichord which Oscar Jan Hoogland plays is a good metaphor for the music of the trio Eke. The instrument from the harpsichord family refers to early music, but by adding analog electronics the pianist lifts it well into the 21st century. He may also lash at it as a punk guitarist would do. Added to the primal scream saxophonist Yedo Gibson gets from his instrument and Gerri Jagers s frenetic drumming this yields a new form of power music, which has its roots in both classic free jazz and the punk improv of a band like The Ex. The members of Eke are, however, fully aware that music consisting of purely climactic eruptions would eventually become predictable and boring. Therefore every sonic hurricane always has an eye where everything stands still, and in the band s music there is room for quietude and small sounds. From this feel a rock beat may pick up the pace and send the music towards a new climax. The tension curve then cleverly winds down and the whole affair may end in silence. This subtle use of dynamics makes Eke s music permanently exciting, both for the listener and the musicians. It is optimal instant composing, in a sound world that bears close resemblance to the sound art of 20th century composed music.

Yedo Gibson was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1981. At the age of 11 he started to play the tenor saxophone and on his 15ths was giving classes at the AquiJazz conservatoire in Sao Paulo and playing all over Brazil with various musicians such as Mario Margarido Panda Gianfratti, Ricardo Zoio and others. In 1999 he joined the Armazen Abapuru, group of traditional Brazilian music in a contemporary context where he was in charge of the development of the improvisation aspect in the group. They recorded 2 albums with musicians of Hermeto Pascoal group (Nene, Carlos Malta and Jovino Santos Neto). Armazen has been traveling all over Brazil giving workshops and Concerts in the Vila Lobos Caravana Musical Project. Parallel with this he was starting his own work with the drummer Panda Gianfratti, with had recorded 5 albums including with a sextet called Abaetetuba directed by Yedo. In the beggining of 2004 he moved to London where was working with Veryan Weston, Sakoto Fukuda, Hanna Marshal and Nana Tisiboe, started the Quintet of Uncertainty, a group that performed at the BBC, The Vortex Jazz Club and other places in London. Also, Yedo joined the London Improvisers Orchestra together with improvisers from London like Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, Lol Coxhill, Marcio Mattos and others. In London Yedo started to play in the Free Samba Trio with Steve Noble and Dominic Lash. The main goal of the group was searching for the free context inside of traditional Brazilian and African music. After 2 years he moved to Amsterdam but at the same time started his quartet called Caetitu that later recorded a Cd to EMANEM with Marcio Mattos, Veryan Weston and Martin Blume. In The Netherlands he founded The Royal Improvisers Orchestra (RIO) a group of 20 young musicians from all kind of backgrounds playing improvised music conducted by him and other musicians from the orchestra. Also in Amsterdam he started a trio with Oscar Jan Hoogland and Gerri Jager EKE with is as he calls his Punk Improv project where Oscar uses his Electric Clavivhord and Yedo his Baritone Sax together with Gerri s Rock drums. As free lancer in Amsterdam he has been working with musicians like Han Bennink, Michael Vatcher, Cor Fuhler, Luc Ex and other free improvisers.

Oscar Jan Hoogland, Amsterdam 1983, is an improviser, pianist, composer who is working actively in the field of both music and dance improvisation in Amsterdam. Doing so he works within fixed bands and groups as well as in first time collaboration settings. Besides improvising he has composed for several theater and dance pieces and has been writing for his own groups as well as for other ensembles and soloists. By now he is traveling the rest of Europe, Brazil and Argentina with his bands playing at festivals like Moers, North Sea Jazz, Dublins 12 points and Buenos Aires Jazz. Current bands are EKE, The Ambush Party, The Royal Improviser Orchestra, The Phonograph Orchestra, Chris Corstens Kwartet, trio Hoogland | Austbo | Baggiani, solo electric clavichord, [dB]danceBand, de Bakfietsband, Voiceover, Duo Han Bennink/Oscar Jan Hoogland and The Job.

Gerri Jagger picked up the drums when he was 9 years old. After some brass-band and grunge-metal teenage years he studied jazz at the Conservatories of Innsbruck and Amsterdam. Through years of playing in numerous different bands from free-jazz to alt-rock, playing modern dance-improvs, experimental club music and improvisation, Gerri developed into a flexible listening musician, looking for ways to expand boundaries in music. Current bands include Knalpot, EKE and The Black Napkins. He has performed a.o. with Jozef Dimoluin, Franz Hauzinger, Ron Anderson, Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Achim Kaufmann, Luc Ex, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Colin Stetson, Shazad Ismaily, Marc Ducret, Frank Mobus, Terrie Ex. Gerri has toured throughout Europe, USA and Brazil, and has released albums on Rat Records, Eat Concrete, Red Note, PAO Records and Cuneiform.




Ephémère #22 - 8th November 2012

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Marij van Gorkom, bass clarinet and electronics

Having studied with both Dutch bass clarinet soloists, Marij van Gorkom can be seen as a true exponent of Dutch bass clarinet culture and is a representative of the new generation of Dutch bass clarinetists. In a process of continuous reflection and reinvention, she intends to not only continue and expand on the pioneering work of her teachers, but also to search for new directions and sonic possibilities. Marij van Gorkom studied bass clarinet with Henri Bok at Codarts in Rotterdam (2002-2007) and with Harry Sparnaay at the ESMUC in Barcelona (2007-2009). Before this she studied clarinet with Eli Eban at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where the technical foundations of her playing were developed. Other influential teachers are James Campbell, Ernesto Molinari, Jose Luis Estelles. In 2010 she graduated cum laude in chemistry at Leiden University.

Sonic Spaces: New Netherland

This project represents an exploration and discovery of sonic spaces with the bass clarinet center stage. Each piece takes its own shape and occupies a unique place in sonic space. Engage personally and emotionally in its sounds, but also understand the objective acoustic nature of each work. The sole aim is to create a point of departure, in order to provide and generate dialogue, discussion, and a way forward towards refinement and reinvention.The program is a collaboration and exchange between The Netherlands and New Zealand, turning our world inside out and upside down. It focuses on current music for bass clarinet and electronics by Dutch and New Zealand composers, and includes 6 new works. From this program Marij van Gorkom will present pieces by John Croft, Bas Kalle, Dugal McKinnon, and Roderik de Man.

Cora Schmeiser, solo voice

Cora completed her Diploma for Instrumental pedagogy at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst, in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1997 and her Bachelor degree in singing at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, in 2000, where she studied with Lenie van der Heuvel, Wout Oosterkamp and Gerda van Zelm. She has followed courses and master classes for the Style and Interpretation of Early Music with Jill Feldman, Marius van Altena, Michael Schopper and Richard Wistreich, and for Modern Music and Improvisation by Ton Hartsuiker, Inge Frohlich, Greetje Bijma, Isabelle Ganz, Barbara Hannigan, Claron McFadden, the Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart and the Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium (2002-2004, since then member). She is currently coached by Ronald Klekamp. Her main interest is to explore the possibilities and limitations of the voice - occasionally in combination with actions or movements - on the basis of vocal experiments. Her search for different timbres and corresponding vocal expressivity is always linked to fine taste and sense of style regarding the repertory to be performed: medieval, renaissance, baroque, classic or contemporary.

For the Ephemere evening, Cora Schmeiser will perform the Ursonata composed by Kurt Schwitters between 1922 and 1932. The Ursonata consists of a written organization of phonetics, with notations in German. No notes, tempi, or formal dynamics are given, allowing the performer a bit of freedom. The poem was influenced by Raoul Hausmann's poem "fmsbw" which Schwitters' heard recited by Hausmann in Prague in 1921. Schwitters performed the piece regularly, developing and extending it, until finally publishing his notations for the recital in the last Merz periodical, 1932.

Ji Youn Kang and Mei Yi Lee, electronics and percussions

Ji Youn Kang, born in Seoul, South Korea, studied composition at Chu-Gye University of Arts and moved to The Netherlands in 2006. Her objectives and interests revolve around the creation of her own musical language that (re)presents the Korean tradition and culture using materials from Korean music as well as newly generated sounds. Many of her electronic music pieces have been composed based on the rites of Korean Shamanism using the Wave Field Synthesis system in The Hague (192 loudspeakers), exploring the relationship between musical and physical spaces. She achieved her Master degree both in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and in composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Currently She is working as a research associate in Sonology, and is active as a composer and sound artist based in The Hague.

Mei-Yi Lee After achieved her bachelor degree at the National Taiwan University of Arts she moves to The Netherlands to continue her musical education at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under the supervision of Fedor Tunisse, Luuk Nagtegaal, Hans Zonderop. Presently she is a regular guest performer with several ensembles such as Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Taiwan Youth Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble 1002, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, among others; performing in important concert halls from France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg, China and Taiwan. She concluded her Masters degree at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, focusing in the percussion works of John Cage as well as collaborating frequently with young artists and composers.

Mei-Yi Lee and Ji Youn Kang have been working together as a duo, seeking for possible ways to create music for percussion and live electronics. In this performance, they present a new music for a new instrument built by Wen Chin Fu. Creating music for an unconventional instrument challenges the composer, performer, and instrument builder to discover the artistic quality from the characteristics of the building materials such as wooden and metallic plates, its shape, and motion. The primitivity and mechanics of the new instrument has provided a direction to a musical development, new techniques to perform, a space for the treatment of the sounds with electronics. More importantly it invites the human breath into it.

Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek, bass clarinet and drums

Gareth Davis plays clarinets of various shapes and sizes, and has done so with musicians such as Elliott Sharp, Steven R. Smith, Rutger Zuydervelt and Frances-Marie Uitti.

Leo Fabriek is the drummer of free rock trio the Julie Mittens, as well as Mere, a new trio with Gareth Davis and guitarist Thomas Cruijsen, with releases on Gizeh Records and Home Normal.

As a duo, Gareth and Leo produce music that exists somewhere between free jazz and something that is completely different. Or nothing at all.




Ephémère #21 - 11th of October 2012

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poster design: Karl Ingi Karlsson

Maria Aristotelous, Solo Electronics

"Just as some kind of analytical technique is need to understand a dream so a knowledge of mythology is needed in order to grasp the meaning of a content deriving from the deeper levels of the psyche. The Collective Unconscious. so far as we can say anything about it at all- consist of mythological motifs or primordial images for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents."(Carl Jung on the structure of the psyche 1927)

Maria Aristotelous was born in Limassol (Cyprus) in 1976. In 1995 she was successful in being admitted in the Athens medicine school from which she successfully graduated and obtained her bachelors degree in medicine. During the period from 2003 to 2005 she attended drawing and painting lessons in the workshop of Savvas Georgiades in Athens. In 2005 she successfully passed the entry exams for the Athens School of Fine arts where she was admitted and studied in the A painting workshop of Zaharias Arvanitis. Subsequently she also graduated from the Athens school of Fine arts in 2010 (with distinction) after presenting her final thesis project. She has also studied sculpture with Nikos Tranos as well as Printmaking. Moreover, she attended the digital sound processing/composition lectures at the hypermedia laboratory in ASFA and advanced MaxMSP classes in SAE Athens as well private lessons with the composer Lambros Pigounis, before she was admitted for a master research at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague NL where in collaboration with STEIM Amsterdam she is researching on the connection of the archetypes that define the human psyche and music .She is taking lectures amongst others with Kees Tazelaar, Richard Barrett, Johan van Kreij,Joel Ryan, Kristina Andersen, Lex Van Der Broek etc. She is member of the Chamber of Fine arts in Greece since 2011 and a member of the Sonology electroacoustic ensemble since September 2011. Except of her rather recent activity as a sound artist and composer she has taken part in a lot of group exhibitions in Greece and Cyprus since 2005, in various art competitions and recently in Art Athina (2011). Currently she is preparing her first solo exhibition in penindaplinena gallery in Limassol. Her works are part of many private collections in Greece and Cyprus. www.mariaaristotelous.com

DaMu, Free Improvisation

Krists Auznieks (piano), Enric Sans i Morera (clarinet), James Hewitt (violin) and Klara Andrlova (percussions)

DaMu is a free improvisation group based in Den Haag which researches connections between sound, movement, space, and environment. It was formed in February 2011 after a two weeks intensive workshop with Michael Schumacher and Mary Oliver. Musicians and dancers engage in a dialogue, reacting instantly to the possibilities of specific venues and to each other. They question conventional distinctions, such as between genres, performer/audience, musician/dancer, hall/stage. James Hewitt is active in both early and contemporary music, and becoming well known for his engaging personal style and improvisation process. He performs throughout Europe, both solo and in ensembles including Contrasto Armonico, the Northern Consort, and the Scroll Ensemble, which specialises in programes inspired by improvisatory practices of the baroque and was featured in the Leipzig Improvisation Festival 2011. He has participated in several recordings with Contrasto Armonico, associated with an extended project to record all of Handel Italian Cantatas, and has broadcast on Dutch Radio 4. He also works with improvisation ensembles the Royal Improvisers Orchestra, the Hewitt/ Baggiani Duo (improvising ensemble with violin and percussion), and DAMU (music/dance improvisation), and in the Klingon Opera U, in which he plays a newly made instrument, tin dach. On this instrument, similar to a rebab, he also performs modal improvisation and Gregorian chant. His compositions include works for Cambridge University Opera Society (Moses and Pharaoh), Ely Cathedral Choir, the Nieuw Ensemble, Modello Ensemble, and the Fokker Organ in Amsterdam Muziekgebauw aant IJ. He has received performances at the Cheltenham Festival, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and during the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam. His works will increasingly become available from Parklaan Publications on Tutti Music. He learned music at Girton College, Cambridge, and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague: baroque violin with Pavlo Beznosiuk, and composition with Martijn Padding, Cornelis de Bondt and Guus Janssen. He completed his masters there with research in improvised counterpoint.

The Acoustic Staircase Ensemble, Acoustic Staircase

Acoustic Staircase was designed by Mireille Hofwijk in july 2012 and Angel Faraldo composed a site specific piece that will be performed by the Acoustic Staircase Ensemble. The Acoustic Staircaise Ensemble comprises Yiannis Tsirikoglou, Fani Konstantinidou, Anne Welmer, Angel Faraldo and more. "If we think of space as that which allows movement, then place is pause; each pause in movement makes it possible for location to be trans- formed into place." (Tuan, 1977)

Acoustic Staircase is a sound installation in the stairwell that adds more value to the passage through this space. A non-place is thus transformed into a meaningful place. The stringed instrument is spun in the in-between space alongside the bannisters and can be played by plucking or bowing the string. The tones are amplified by wooden resonance boxes and the acoustic qualities of the space. A tone is a compilation of the different materials of the instrument, the length and tension of the strings as well as the materials in the space. Each stairwell thereby brings about a unique sound. Playing the instrument adds a sensory experience to walking the stairs. With this installation, Mireille hopes to provide people with a musical moment in-between their daily routine and she creates a stage where people can visually and audibly connect.

Especially for this Ephemere edition, the ensemble will compose a site specific piece that explores the peculiarities of Mireille s Acoustic Staircase on its current location at the DCR building. The people constituting the audience will be invited to position themselves all allong the three storeys of the staircase and the ensemble will make the instruments resonate in different manners that will remind of ancient pythagorean drones, japanese shamisen music and the subtle tones of the persian oud.

Chris Galarreta, Computer Music is Dead

Catching the magnetic fields of broken computers component and electronic trash to generate a sound experience. Some reviews about the "Computer Music is dead" release: "Defines a suitable digital set, amplifying the magnetic fields caused by disordered electric parts, obtained by dissecting normal computers and using appropriate sensors for recording. The responsibility of such an enigmatic and provocative title, Computer Music Is Dead, is well balanced even in the second execution, which follows the same procedure, and is run under Apodio GNU/Linux: forcibly manipulating the graphical user interfaces of software like Mozilla Firefox, Qjackctl and Pure Data. There s an indirect reference to a form of musical otherness that computer music, is doubly dying: as a medium reduced to mere loose parts, in the theory that pushed to its most radical consequences, it is protected from any aesthetic and usability sophistication." (Aurelio Cianciotta, Neural Magazine, December 2010)

"The computer is only used as a source of electromagnetic energy captured as noise and drones, Software is not even used until the albums coda, which sees the Peruvian monitoring the electrical field as he performs various programming tasks unrelated to audio processing. Bizarrely, it s by far the most musically enjoyable of the three releases even as it seems to question the validity of its own existence."(Keith Moline, The Wire, December 2010)

Chris Galarreta is a transdisciplinar autodidact, audiovisual creator, composer and performer of contemporary music. Founder of Dios Me Ha Violado, Evamuss and Tica, three of the most active experimental music bands in the Peruvian underground scene between 1995 and 2010. He has published, as a soloist and with different projects, more than 80 solo releases, collaborations and compilations in labels and net labels around the world. He produces intriguing abysses of sound and silence using out-of-order electrical appliances, homemade sound instruments, controlled induction of error in software, programming generative tools and transducing imperceptible physical phenomena for humans to an audible dimension. He extrapolates those experiences in his audiovisual installations and performances. more info: www.sajjra.net




Ephémère #20 - 13th of September 2012

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LIVE IMPROVISATION by ILYA ZIBLAT SHAY (double bass) and Roberto Garreton (guitar and electronics)

Ilya Ziblat Shay is a composer and bass player, born in Haifa, Israel, and currently residing in the Netherlands. His music shifts between freedom and fixedness, exploring combinations of written material together with guided improvisation and various aspects of flexibility. He composes both for instruments and for electronics. more info: www.ilyaziblatshay.com

Roberto Garreton, guitarist, composer and electronic music creator, performs as a solo artist, as well as constantly collaborating in multimedia and multidisciplinary artistic projects. Roberto was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1973. He studied Arrangements and Composition in Popular Music in the Escuela Moderna music school in Santiago, Chile, getting a Bachelor degree on 1999. In 2002 he moves to the Netherlands to study Sonology in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, from where he got a Master degree in 2007. With some of his fellow students of Sonology they formed the band NiCad, in which Roberto plays the electric guitar, electric bass and live electronics. NiCad has toured extensively through the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, the United Sates and Israel, and they have published two albums, The Hill (2008) and Every day I grow (2007). Roberto also is member of Studio Pebre, an electronic music trio together with Yukari Sawaki and Satoshi shiraishi. They have performed in Japan. Roberto s academic activities include lectures about Electronic Music in general, talks about his own work, and the use and implementations in SuperCollider. Roberto currently lives in The Hague, Netherlands.

FOR THE TIME BEING by AVIVA ENDEAN and MICHEL MARANG

For the time being is a collaboration between Australian and Dutch clarinettists Aviva Endean and MichelMarang, exploring the duet form through work by Stockhausen, Scelsi, Ablinger, Augustinus and themselves.

Aviva Endean is a Melbourne-based clarinettist whose performance practice spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts including experimental and improvised music, chamber music, inter-arts collaborations, gypsy, and klezmer music. Her major projects currently include a five piece instrumental group who perform Aviva s original compositions, Melbourne s pioneer Gypsy-death-core band who toured the USA, Europe and New Zealand this year, and a new music ensemble which she co-directs who perform new and obscure contemporary art music. More info: www.avivaendean.com

Amsterdam based clarinettist Michel Marang studied with Walter Boeykens and finished conservatory cum laude in 1987, the same year in which he also got his degree in philosophy at Amsterdam University. Hereafter he studied with Hans Deinzer (Germany) and took masterclasses with Roger Heaton (England) and Susan Stephens (USA). Apart from his interest and activities in classical music, theatre, and world-music, Marang specializes in contemporary music. He collaborated with many composers, including Olivier Messiaen, Morton Feldman, Edison Denisov and Karlheinz Stockhausen. With the latter he studied his monumental Harlequin, a 45 minute solo for a dancing and miming clarinettist. Over fifty compositions were dedicated to him. In addition, Marang wrote music for several theatre productions, such as Nicky Somewhere Else, which was very successful on Broadway. Besides, Marang works as a photographer. He was a member, guest and/or soloist with all the leading new music ensembles in Holland, as well as Musikfabrik in Cologne, Contrechamps in Geneva, Aleph in Paris and Studio New Music in Moscow. As a soloist, Michel Marang performed throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, India, and the Middle-East. He gives seminars at several leading institutions, including the Moscow Conservatory.

CACTUS TRUCK with JOHN DIKEMAN (saxophones), JASPER STADHOUSERS (guitar and bass), and ONNO GOVAERT (drums)

Cactus Truck creates startlingly intense music, not merely in terms of volume or velocity but through complete physical/psychological surrender. One can find hints of early free jazz, Japanese noise, no wave and delta blues in the music. Cactus Truck, which is based in Amsterdam, has performed extensively in the Netherlands as well as Belgium, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, France and Norway. John Dikeman was selected for the 2012 Young VIPs Tour (an honor awarded to two musicians in the Netherlands every year) which featured Cactus Truck playing in all of the major jazz venues in the Netherlands. The band performed at the 2012 Artacts festival in St. Johann, Austria. Tours of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and the USA are planned for 2012. Cactus Truck will also perform at the 2012 Umbrella Festival in Chicago. Cactus Truck has worked frequently with members of The Ex, including Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Colin McLean and Arnold de Boer (ZEA). Other musicians who have collaborated with Cactus Truck include: Han Bennink, Jeb Bishop, Dave Rempis, Ab Baars, Peter Jacquemyn, Jon Rune Strom, Nicolau Lafeta, Nicolas Field, TeunVerbruggen. Cactus Truck has opened for The Ex, The Thing, Thomas Ankersmit, Kevin Drumm, Jackdaw with Crowbar.

John Dikeman is an American saxophonist currently residing in Amsterdam. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, John s playing runs the gamut of improvised music and technique, ranging from reductionist extended technique based improvisation to full throttle free jazz. The underlying characteristic of his music is an unnerving commitment, a total abandonment to sound. John has performed extensively in the USA as well as Canada, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Israel, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands where he is an active performer and organizer. He has recorded three albums as a leader and performed with many of the most notable improvisers from the USA and abroad including Joe McPhee, Han Bennink, Andy Moor, Terrie Ex, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Roy Campbell, Hilliard Greene, Mike Reed, Frank Rosaly, Klaus Kugel, Wilbert de Joode, Michael Vatcher, Daniel Carter, Lukas Ligeti, Tatsuya Nakatani, Mike Pride, Nate Wooley, Peter Jacquemyn. More info: www. johndikeman.com

Jasper Stadhouders (Tilburg, NL, 1989) is a guitarist and bassist based in Amsterdam. He is an active member of the international improvised music circuit. He is a co-founder of the band Cactus Truck (with John Dikeman and Onno Govaert) and the Stadhouders/Govaert/De Joode Trio (with Wilbert De Joode and Onno Govaert) and works as a sideman in various groups (a.o. Spinifex Quintet), next to playing countless of ad hoc improv shows. He also occasionally works in the fields of dance, theatre and contemporary music. Jasper has played with Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Paal Nilssen-Love, Marshall Allen, Wolter Wierbos, Noel Redding, Ken Vandermark, Jim Black, Tobias Delius, Andrew D Angelo, Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Wilbert De Joode, Peter Evans, Frank Rosaly, Dave Rempis, Michael Moore, Jeb Bishop, Peter Jacquemyn, Trevor Dunn, Ingrid Laubrock and many more. Jasper has performed extensively in Europe, as well as in the USA. More info: www.jasperstadhousers.com

Onno Govaert began his career when he was 11 years old in a punk-band. During high school he was obsessed by jazz music and performed with dutch jazz stars in jazz clubs. After high school Onno moved to Amsterdam where he developed a remarkable way of playing the drums described in reviews as unconventional, devouring, spectacular, threatening, and as if the devil is chasing him. He plays in many free jazz / improv related groups with which he has performed in prominent venues and festivals in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the USA. Musicians he played with include Ab Baars, Wilbert de Joode, Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Arthur Doyle, Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, Michael Moore, Michael Vatcher, Theo Loevendie, Trevor Dunn, Shazad Ismaily, Benoit Delbecq, Audrey Chen, Joost Buis, Tobias Klein and Lori Freedman. More info: www. soundcloud.com/onnogovaert




Ephémère Season 2011-2012

Ephémère #19 - 14th June 2012

Reflections for the accordion and performer (composed by Lucie Vitkova, performed by Donia Jourabchi)

Reflections for the accordion and performer is an audiovisual composition, where form is created by the parameters of used objects. We play with two mirrors, which reflect the sound of the accordion and the LED light. In the music, the audience can hear reflections of the movements of players as well. The piece is based on simple geometric shapes and on different distances from the sound and light sources. The light directs in the same way as the sound goes, so you can observe the sound and its trajectory also with your eyes. Lucie Vitkova was born in 1985 in Boskovice, Czech Republic, studying in Blansko where she completed her Primary and Grammar School in 2004. Afterwards Lucie moved to Brno where she completed studies at the Music Conservatory Brno. She studied accordion performance with Miroslav Morys there, obtaining a professional level of skills as an accordion player. Lucie studied composition with renowned artists as mentors, among them was Pavel Novak - Zemek (Conservatory Brno - 2007 - 2008), Martin Smolka (JAMU Brno - 2008 - 2011) and Jaroslav Sastny (JAMU Brno 2010). Passing her exams in 2008, she entered Janaček Akademy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU). Lucie completed her Bachelor Degree with Martin Smolka at JAMU in 2011. She was awarded with a ten months of scholarship at Royal Conservatoir in Den Haag (NL) to study composition and sonology. Lucie is interested in music improvisation due to her teacher Jaroslav Sastny (aka Peter Graham) who influenced her to pursue, improvisation using accordion, voice, moving and mouthorgan. Lucie also writes music for films and theater. Another skill Lucie obtains is her interest in various dance styles, here Lucie was active by teaching tap dancing at the Theatre faculty of JAMU in Brno for four years.

Donia Jourabchi, Iranian, born in Brussels, is a sound explorer. She developed artistic expression at the Fine Arts Academy of Brussels. Her sensitivity and attraction for sound and music were the reason to learn and practice audio technics, at SAE institute. After her study, she worked as technician for live performances, recordings, musical projects... Using technics as a tool for recording and reproduction more than as a creation process. But her desire was to use technics as a way to interact with sounds and senses, to express feelings, play with perception. And to use electronic and acoustic sound creation in relation with physical proprieties and material manipulations.She did some workshops in different interactive media techniques at the research center of new media (CECN) in Belgium. To develop her composition technics, she took a class of electro-acoustic composition at ArtZoyd studios in Valenciennes, France. Currenly she is studying Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Live electronics improvisation by Younes Riad (electronics) and Marie Guilleray (voice and electronics)

Younes Riad started making music as a child with a guitar. After playing in several bands he got introduced and interested in electronic music. Younes developed interest in improvised electronic music and started programming computer instruments. While studying Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague he is working on a solo project where he as a human performer plays a duet with the computer. He has been part of several ensembles, among other things: Beukorkest, Sonology Electroacoutsic Ensemble directed by Richard Barrett, Senga Etna, Dejima Ensemble, YOTR and various incidental collaborations.

Marie Guilleray (1978) is a French vocalist, composer, and sound artist currently based in The Netherlands. She performs mainly in the context of improvised, experimental and electronic music. Her work focuses on free improvisation, the development of vocal extended techniques, the combination of voice and electronics to extend the voice and explore its abstract properties, and a research on bridging music and poetry. As a composer, she is focusing on electronic music for fixed media and live electronics. She is a member of several ensembles such as Royal Improvisers Orchestra, MGBG, Sonology Electroacoutsic Ensemble directed by Richard Barrett, and collaborates on various experimental, improvised and electronic music projects.

Gereh by Siamak Anvari (setar and live electronics)

"Gereh" for Setar and live electronics is an attempt to use a Persian instrument in combination with electronics. In this piece Siamak is trying to explore new sounds of Setar and using extended techniques which is not common for this instrument. The piece is mainly based on improvisation in pre-composed situations. His main inspiration comes from a traditional technique in Persian music, in which there is a singer and an instrument player as accompanist. In this duet, the instrument player accompanies singer while and after each phrase, according to a certain rules. In this piece, Siamak is playing these two roles in interaction with electronics.

Siamak Anvari graduated from the Art university of Tehran with a Master Degree in composition, and has work on different instrumental compositions. At the moment he is studying electronic music at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Polyphtong by Jaap Blonk (new piece for voice and electronics)

Polyphtong is a new 4-channel piece for voice and live-electronics. It was premiered at CCRMA (Stanford University) on March 8, 2012 and also performed in Chicago and Miami. It can be seen as an extension of Mundrundum a quadraphonic piece for solo voice I did at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2002. Here I worked with an array of 6 microphones in order to pan the stereo possibilities of the mouth along all 4 sides of the room. The piece was included in a CD compilation of the festival of the Festival. In 'Polyphtong' spatial placement and movement are extended by electronic means. The phonetic concepts of diphtong and approximant are an important focus in the more meditative sections of the work. It also uses the techniques of my cheek synthesizer: many kinds of stereo mouth sounds driven by sheer air, ranging from very low to extremely high pressures.

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 performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S. and Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and Latin America. 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, Nicolas Collins, 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. Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited. He was the founder and leader of the long-standing bands Splinks (modern jazz, 1983-1999) and BRAAXTAAL (avant-rock, 1987-2005). He also has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 15 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta and VICTO.




Ephémère #18 - 10th May 2012

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Rouge Nereid

Nicolas Bonadio : Guitar/Processing/ Jordi Cassagne : Double Bass/Objects

Rouge Nereid was created some months ago by two musicians and friends who have been playing, performing and improvising together in various ensembles for about 7 years.

They are both fascinated in sound textures, timbres, frequencies interaction in space and for them the act of making music is an event that allows to have a unique experience of time. A ritual of the instant in witch time can be stretched and can breath along the motions and metamorphoses of sound.

Nicolas Bonadio: Composer, Guitarist, Performer, Nicolas Bonadio was born in Agen, a little town in the south west of France. After piano and composition studies, began to learn playing on guitar, folk, rock and jazz music. At high school, he met a young jazz trio and joined them. Speedily, his influences were fixed with a preference for avant garde, and as he says the nearly beautiful things. Nicolas makes also music-lights installations and contemporary art. He is now living in Berlin in Germany.

Jordi Cassagne: French double bass player and composer, he had the chance to perform in Nertherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Cape-verde or Brazil and on jazz festivals such as Jazz in Marciac, Jazz a Vienne or Tudo e Jazz in Ouro Preto. In 2008 he started studying in the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague combining Jazz and Early Music. In 2010, he creates his own octet The Esplumeor Chamber Ensemble witch is the realisation of a compositional work as well as a research on the dimensions of space and time in music perception.Jordi is alreading involved in several musical adventures: 66Whales, Alban Claret Trio, Lafe Beme, Mitchto la Pompe, Rouge Nereid, Yaniv Schonfeld Cadavre project, MST octet and Benat Achiary

Fani Konstantonidou and Glenn Ryszko

As a duo we started working on a few electronic pieces, inspired by eastern traditional percussion instruments, almost a year ago. Even though we have similarities in the way we work as individuals, we share a very different musical background. Through our collaboration we explore our personal aesthetics and we are aiming to use our differences in a creative way. Therefore our music is often characterized by elements of contrast and antitheses. In this performance we use recordings of the same percussion instruments as our main sound material but this time we use it to create a new, live piece with improvisation elements.

Fani Konstantinidou (GR) is a composer/sound artist, living and working in the Netherlands. She has studied Music Technology and Acoustics (BS) and Arts and Technologies of Sound (MA) in Greece. Recently she obtained her second Master in Sonology/Royal Conservatory of The Hague-The Netherlands with the financial support of the Greek National Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Part of her research, focuses on conceptual composition, sonic images as well as the imagination of the listener in electroacoustic music. In her music, she explores the power of space and time as compositional tools that affect listeners perception and she has a particular interest in combining computer generated sounds with physical sound sources. Currently she is working as a composer/sound designer for films as well as she is collaborating with several artists such as the harpist Angelica Vazquez and the photographer/visual artist Chrisa Sereti.

Glenn Ryszko was born in 1986 and raised in The Netherlands. Currently he is studying at the Institute of Sonology in Den Haag where he focuses on electronic music composition. In his work, he is using computers but also magnetic tape and analog devices. With his music, he explores the world of contrast, tension and dynamics and he focuses on layers and varieties of textures.

Assaf Gidron

Solo computer instrument improvisation. Cheerful general midi, patterned sine waves and sad samples.

Assaf Gidron is a composer, improviser and sound designer. He gained professional experience in film sound and music production in Tel-Aviv, and later moved on to studying music composition first in London and then in Den Haag. Assaf's work is often shaped and endangered by several different approaches to music, from film sound design, to classical composition, useful technology, experimental aesthetics, song and dance.

Racket Ruckus

Musical competition is found in many places, from drummers attempting to lead the rhythm in traditional African music to Jazz musicians struggling to play the piece final note. Only rarely though do we find actual games, which is a bit of a shame and indeed in the case of computer music quite odd considering how games (after spam and pornography) are one of the most popular usages for computers. This is not to say there is no link, but traditionally it has taken a bit of a back seat; few players, for example, were aware that the them of Zelda was composed in pure Assembler. We intend to place this link front and centre instead. Racket 1) The formal name for the bat or paddle in table tennis. 2) A Scheme implementation, formerly called PLT-Scheme; a Lisp. Ruckus(informal US English) A noisy argument or disturbance.

Kassen makes software, music and radio, often at the same time. He likes complex systems and simple pleasures, his music was released on labels like Bunker and MIT Press.

Ji makes music for instruments and computer, often at the same time. She likes simple systems and complex pleasures, her music can be heard online and in other places.




Ephémère #17 - 12th April 2012

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Duo Roro and Arvind

Roro: drums / Arvind Ganga: guitar

Roro (Rogier Smal) is a drummer who experiments with free percussion sounds. Besides playing in duo s with people like Anne La Berge (flutes) and Peter Quistgard (a musical magician) he plays in improv group DAGORA, with random improv musicians and solo. Roro tries to find the energy of space and participants while remaining open to the environment and acoustics.

Arvind Ganga uses guitar, effects and objects to create a chaotically oscillating mesh, vibrating with high energy that oozes out in colliding rhythms, frantic melodies and distant slow grooves... all bathing in the rays of a deep red sun. As a duo, they will explore the mix of freedom and more freedom, and then some more freedom. yes, freedom!

Flavien Gillie (field recordings)

Flavien Gillie is a French artist based in Brussels. He is doing field recordings as a link between places, voices and memory. He also reworks these field recordings and elaborates soundscapes presented live or in some installations.For this performance he will be working on field recordings he did recently in the Kinsendael, a natural reserve in Brussels and some small islands near Sicilia.

Galm Quartet (saxophones, electronics, guitar, drums)

George Hadow [UK] drums / Andreas Fulgosi [IT]- electric guitar / Laurens van der Wee [NL]- electronics / Michael Foster [US]- saxophones Galm Quartet is an improvising four-piece combining tenor saxophone, electric guitar, analog electronics and drums. Galm Quartet devotes itself to instantaneously composed music. It is about listening and acting in the moment, surprising and inspiring the others as well as the audience. The instruments of choice complement each other in sound, similarly, the musicians involved do so in playing style.That is why WE have to play them.




Ephémère #16 - 15th March 2012

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Otso Lahdeoja

Otso Lahdeoja will perform a solo set for augmented guitar, created in Quebec during the winter 2011. The piece is called MUE, a french word referring to a metamorphosis, specifically the moulting of an insect or a reptile. It explores the many sonic sides of the augmented guitar, from acoustic to electronic. The music gradually unfolds new soundscapes, as a sonic road movie. MUE was originally created for music and live video, this time the piece will be performed in solo audio version. Otso Lahdeoja is a Finnish guitarist, composer and music researcher, currently based in Brussels. He has conducted research work on augmented instruments, leading to the construction of his augmented guitar on which he performs nowadays. His music aims to create a sonic space between the acoustic and the electric, effectively merging the instrumental tradition and electronic soundscapes. Otso's artistic and scientific work has led him to perform and lecture around Europe, Canada, U.S.A. and Africa. Currently, he is working towards the domain of sonic installations and interactive spaces for music performance. http://otsola.org/http://otsola.org/http://otsola.org/

Govaert / De Joode / Stadhouders

Onno Govaert: drums / Wilbert De Joode: bass / Jasper Stadhouders: guitar

Govaert / De Joode / Stadhouders improvise. The trio comes from the vibrant Amsterdam improvised music scene and unites two generations of improvisers: the young and upcoming Onno Govaert and Jasper Stadhouders and the very experienced Wilbert De Joode. They all have worked with many of the (inter)national improv superstars. The music they play is extremely flexible and non-idiomatic.

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer is Will Long, who currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, working in publishing, photography, music, and writing. He manages the label Two Acorns, and handles all releases, communication, and distribution of Celer and Chubby Wolf, also performing live regularly as Celer, and collaborating with other artists. www.thesingularwe.org Machinefabriek s music combines elements of ambient, modern classical, minimalism, drone and field recordings. His pieces unfold as films without image, with a sharp ear for detail. After releasing a series of self released CD-Rs, the official debut, Marijn, was issued by Lampse in 2006. Rutger Zuydervelt was born in 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands), but now resides in Rotterdam. He started working as Machine-fabriek in 2004. The name (meaning machine factory) was on the facade of a building Rutger passed everytime he went shopping for groceries. Except for a few piano and guitar lessons when he was young, Rutger didnt study music. Instead, he graduated as a graphic designer. The sleeves of his releases are practically always designer by Rutger himself, being a crucial part of the music.

Jan Kleefstra, Romke Kleefstra and Chris Bakker

Jan and Romke Kleefstra are mixing poetry, music and video on a spatial and melancholic manner, which originates in the human- free landscape of the Empty In the middle of Friesland. The fragments will land between the lakes and near the sea and the sensory repercussions. The music always creates instant for free improvisation. A list of all performances for recent years can be found on their blog: http://romkekleefstra.blogspot.com/ Anne Chris Bakker s iidea for music was born from a h4 need to hand a long, dreamy make music and other sound heavy eruptions with distortion and feedback. Between these extremes are sound patches that occur over time and increasingly abstract from will take. What started as post rock music has become like a sound a bit harder to catch. With his music he wants to get carried away by his won musical imagination.




Ephémère #15 - 9th February 2012

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Casper Schipper - electronic music

Risk (duration aprox. 20-25 minutes.)

My goal is to share the excitement and joy of discovering new sounds with the audience. The piece will be generated and partly controlled by myself. It is not so much a performance on an electronic instrument, actually,it is better to see it as me generating one version of the piece live for this event. The sounds in the piece are generated by rather complex networks of simple oscillators, sample buffers, and delays.The subtlety comes from how connections are generated and destroyed between these small elements, allowing them to generate complex structures of spatial sound.

Casper Schipper (1984, Haarlem) received a Bachelor of Music in Sonology in 2009. His compositions have been performed at the Gaudeamus Music Week, DNK, and the Shanghai International Electroacoustic Music Week 2009, Shanghai. In addition, he has assisted in the technical realisation of Sternenrest (Wim Boogman), Rosehrte (Rozalie Hirs), and Mucilaginous Omniverse (Portable Palace) (Maria Alejandra Castro Espejo).

Daphne Vicente Sandoval / Xavier Lopez - basoon and electronics

Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, bassoon /// Xavier Lopez, laptop

Axolotl is Dafne Vicente-Sandoval on Bassoon and Xavier Lopez on laptop. Their work is focused on the use of silence, formal desegregation, and sonic abstraction. The duo was created in 2010 and since then played in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Mexico, as a duo or collaborating with other musicians (Lawrence Williams, Pierre-Yves Martel, Ferran Fages, Lalli Barriere, ...)

Ekkehard Windrich - electronic music

Open Strings G

This is the first of a series of pieces for violin samples and step sequencer. As the title indicates, different pitches on the violin are not conventionally produced by the left hand, but determined by the place of right hand action, where the bow hits the string or the fingernail plucks it. The unprocessed samples are triggered by a step sequencer (of course very much inspired by the Roland TR machines), exciting an 8 voice digital feedback network. This approach allows two things that would be impossible for me to play live as a violinist: sonic variations of the feedback just by minimal shifts of the rhythmical grid by using violin techniques too delicate and soft to perform on stage.

Ekkehard Windrich started studying violin at the Berlin conservatory Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler and finished the diploma at Hochschule fur Musik C.M. v. Weber, Dresden. At an early stage of his studies, Ekkehard Windrich decided to specialise in contemporary music. Detroit Techno inspired him to turn further away from the traditional approach to music. Therefore supplementary subjects at the Studio fur Elektronische Musik Dresden were part of his study. In 2001, Ekkehard Windrich became a member of Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin (KNM). His work as a soloist and chamber musician consists not only of the realisation of fixed scores but also of improvised live-electronic and experimental performances.

Chris Iemulo - acoustic guitar

He was born in Siracusa, (ITA) in 1978. Since 1986 he studied classic, electric and battente guitar, analysis, composition. He studied with Carlo Muratori, Andrea Quartarone, Domenico Caliri, Alessandro Sorrentino. Tristan Honsinger, Misha Mengelberg, Barre Phillips, Phil Milton, Markus Stockhausen. Gioacchino Palma. He holds a degree at the University of Art, Music, Cinema and Theatre in Bologna. During a first ten years period, he played with several bands of noise and post- rock music. Afterwards, he spent two years working with a theatre company, composing music for three prose drama and experimenting with free improvisation. Since 2003-04, he has definitely come to music improvisation, playing with Tristan Honsinger and with some musicians of the Bassesfere Collective. At the same time he started playing with Francesco Guerri (cello) in a duo, featuring the Anarcode project. He has also played with the Honsinger s octet Eau Naturelle sans gas. In 2005-06 Ihe have been living in both Berlin and Amsterdam, where he co-operated with several local musicians like the guitarist Olaf Rupp, my partner in creation for the Twelve s project, released and edited in 2007. Back in Italy, in Bologna again, he did a two years post graduated course and he got the title to teach music education in the public school. Moreover, during this time he had formed, together with other young musicans, an association to promoting the practice of the free improvised music. In the 2010 he wrote his first novels book, I Viaggi del Mulo (The Mulo s Trip), edited by the publishing house Eris Edizioni, Torino. From this novels, together with the actor and theatre director Alan Mauro Vai, a music reading was arranged. In the same period he has created and performed the music for another theatrical work,Modestia a Parte, on a text of Luca Atzori, with the direction of Alan Mauro Vai. Nowadays he is living in Den Haag, Netherlands.




Ephémère #14 - 12th January 2012

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Tiago Morgado - audiovisual performance

Tiago Morgado started his formal musical studies in 2000, studying alto viola, music technology, musicology and improvisation. He was associated with acts such as papercutz in the final of their lylac promotion tour, playing in venues and festivals. The netlabel which he was founder of and curator of (XS Records [PT Netlabel]) from 2008 to 2010, has released music of him as well as music of people such as Karlheinz Essl, Agnes Heginger, Klaus Burger, Mathew Ostrowski, among others. He is currently starting a Ma Degree at Institute of Sonology Den Haag.

Shackle - Anne La Berge / Robert van Heumen - flute and electronics

Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop and controllers. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material. This extraordinarily inventive duo has a way of making music all their own. At the heart of their duo is a self-designed, cutting-edge digital cueing system which operates as a sometimes visible third member. Both prodding and reactive, the Shacklesystem suggests musical directions and textures to these two highly gifted performers, opening up a fascinating array of sonic choices for La Berge and Van Heumen to both play with and against. Shackle s performances explode the line between improvisation without borders and tightly controlled forms that are both playful and daring.

Improvisation and structure coincide effortlessly in Shackle s music. With uncanny transitions that turn on a dime and long, spun-out tapestries of sound, Shackle s music works on two levels at once: full of delightful discoveries that can happen in the blink of an eye, La Berge and Van Heumen savour the possibilities that those discoveries offer up. Working with a computerized communicationsystem that proposes various compositional elements to each player, they can then choose whether or not to cooperate with the proposed material. Proposals also involve aspects of restriction, either in soundmaterial, timing, dynamics or other musical parameters. Musical sections are visually presented to the audience by video snippets occuring regularly or irregularly throughout the performance.

Anne La Berge is a pioneer flutist/composer, working her entire career with interactive computer systems, microtonality, improvisation and as a leading interpreter of contemporary chamber music. She can be heard in a range of settings from modern chamber music in the music theaters of Holland to international science and art symposia and finally to improvised electronic music in the local squat buildings. In addition to creating her own work she regulary commissions artists to compose solo works for her with interactive/improvised music and video. The last few years have seen a new addition to her work: self-penned enigmatic short stories which slide seemlessly in and out of her compositions and improvisations.

Robert van Heumen is an electronic composer-performer using an extended laptop instrument to perform highly immersive and hyper-dynamic electro-acoustic music. As a musician, live sampling is his main tool. With a joystick and other tactile controllers, live sampled source sounds are gesturally manipulated and reworked within open ended narratives. Van Heumen is constantly searching for new strategies for live sampling and for the perfect balance between free improvisation and structured music. The laptop is used in an instrumental, tactile way, connecting action to sound like any acoustic instrument, and is used in live performance as well as in the studio to generate sonic material for fixed-media works.

Sumo 3 - Emese Csornai / Alfreydo Genovesi / Marek Jason Isleb - visuals, guitar and mouvement

Alfredo Genovesi is a free improvising electronic guitarist. Using an artillery of pedal effects, found objects, samplers, external sound sources and ever shifting guitar tunings he constructs multi-layered soundscapes using a hands-on approach which enables him to fluctuate between diverse and colourful soundworlds.

Born 1984 Budapest, Emese Csornai lives and works in Amsterdam as a multimedia artist and light designer. She makes installations and performances. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and started a self-study alongside in light design, at the Muiderpoort theater. She worked as a light designer in Frankfurt Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, DWA, Smart project space, Bimhuis, Ot301 and more, and made her first solo exhibition and performance serie in Art Cage cultural center in 2010 July. In her work she examines and questions the mechanism of perception, and how it influences emotions and decisions. Her scale is the individual.

Marek Jason Isleib started off with studies and performing Mime. At an early age he went into Classical Ballet which he studied in Berlin and The Hague Conservatory, the Netherlands. He worked as classical dancer and after moving back to Holland, joined for several years different companies and projects in Holland and Germany. Always studying different forms and approaches of movement (including Yoga, TaiChi, Feldenkrais, New Dance, Contact Improvisation, Break Dance and Butoh) he got involved in Improvisation in the late 1990's.




Ephémère #13 - 8th December 2011

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Keir Neuringer -solo saxophone

Keir Neuringercomposes and performs music, writes socio-political performance texts and essays, and creates interdisciplinary artworks, all with the aim of bringing audiences into a state of emotional and intellectual curiosity that meets the conditions for meaningful dialogue with the culture at large. Over the last 25 years he has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to solo saxophone improvisation that honors and builds upon diverse music-making traditions. When not performing solo, Neuringer works with Rafal Mazur, DJ Sniff, Ensemble Klang, and has performed with free improvisation legends Evan Parker and Mischa Mengelberg and electronic music pioneers Michel Waisvisz, Joel Ryan and Marek Choloniewski. He's been an active participant in experimental music communities in The Hague and Amsterdam, and now lives in Ithaca, New York. More info: http://keirneuringer.com

Fani Konstantinidou - Concept: no concept

After almost four years of restricting myself to focus on the concept of my compositions, I decided to create a short sequence of pieces with a main concept: no concept. It is a personal collage of some older sound material that, together with some new, is treated in a different way and aims to focus on the composition itself rather than a story or a theme. Therefore, thematically non related sounds form new pieces that let me explore myself as a composer by setting less limitations to my choices. As a result, my attention focuses on the construction of the form by concentrating only on the characteristics of the sounds and disposing their previous meanings and memories. Fani Konstantinidou(Greece, 1980) is a sound artist/electronic music composer currently living and working in the Netherlands. She studied Music Technology and Acoustics (BS) in Crete -Greece and Sonic Arts and Technologies (MA) in Corfu, Greece. Recently she finished her second master at Sonology-Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her works are mostly multichannel compositions for fixed media. Part of her research is focusing on conceptual composition, sonic images as well as the imagination of the listener in electronic music. In her music, she explores the power of space and time as compositional tools that affect listeners' perception and she has a particular interest in combining computer generated sounds with recordings of physical sound sources.

Lars Kynde and Nikolaj Kynde - Wandelende Tak

Wandelende Tak is a musical score. Wandelende Takis an instrument. A composition machine composed by three: Tempo, Rhythm and Pitch. An attempt of control of a chaotic reality. An artificial game about structure and freedom. A collaboration resulting in sound. Lars Kynde is a composer that delights in creating the instruments on which his compositions are played - in fact these two aspects of music making are not so easily separated in his case and the invention of new instruments and the music created for them melt into surprising new forms.

Nikolaj Kynde is a working composer and trombone player with the roots in the Copenhagen jazz scene. He studied trombone at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Denmark. In 2010 he moved to the Hague to further his compositions in electronic music at Sonology.

Dewi de Vree and Jeroen Uyttendaele : Ground

Ground is an audiovisual performance using graphite drawings as a control interface for multiple custom build electronic instruments. Drawing, erasing and touching become the main gestures for a unique audiovisual composition. Graphite is a conductor for electricity. By using graphite as a variable resistor (instead of a standard knob) the pitch, amplitude and sound color of sound generators can be controlled. Ground offers a field of possibilities in which auditive and visual elements are interconnected. Drawing, touching and slowly ore rapidly (re)positioning the instruments on the drawing have a direct auditive result. A musical tension is literally build up by placing and removing several (handmade) instruments on one ore more drawings. Ground creates a archaic, tangible and explicitly visual form of electronic music.

Dewi de Vree (1983) is a Dutch soundartist with a fascination for natural phenomena and translations between image and sound.The interest in the interaction between the human and the machine led to the making of translating-machines and sound interfaces. In 2009 she started her collaboration with Rachida Ziani, Randlab. Central in Randlab is the sensual experience of physical experiments. They developed Elektrolab, a series of sound installations and performances based on electrochemistry and Thermokoppel, a series of soundperformances which deals with the relation between temperature and the acoustic properties of metal.Currently she is also working together with Jeroen Uyttendaele on their project Ground, an audiovisual performance in which the electric conductive property of Graphite is being used to manipulate sound. Jeroen Uyttendaele(1981) is a developer and composer of audiovisual instruments, installations and sound compositions. Sound is approached as a sculptural material whereas the development of a instrument directly relates to a time-based composition generated by the instrument. The possibilities of his self made media are basic building blocks for compositions in time and space. Jeroen currently lives in The Hague and Brussels.

Ji Youn Kang, Mei Yi Lee, Marie Guillleray - new piece for percussions electronics and voice

Ji Youn and Mei-Yi have been collaborating as a duo, combining percussion and live electronics, and Marie Guilleray has joined with her voice. Here they are trying to move away from their own specialities as a composer, percussionist and vocalist, to an ambiguous realm where there is no clear division between their roles. They use crude materials and unusual instruments to create a continual flow that is both ritualistic and human. These instruments are not only there to be played directly, but also to give an opportunity to the performers to control, react to, and deactivate them, developing a more bi-directional relationship with the instruments. Special care was taken to pick and create instruments that can interpret and amplify minute and tender bodily gestures as large and harsh musical ones. This performance borrows characteristics of the Korean ritual of 'Cit-Kim-Kut', which aims to clean the body and spirit of the living and to comfort the deceased. The harsh, heavy, noise material, together with a exciting rhythmic development leads the whole to the moment.

Ji Youn Kang, born in Seoul, South Korea, studied composition at Chu-Gye University of Arts and moved to The Netherlands in 2006. Her objectives and interests revolve around the creation of her own musical language that (re)presents the Korean tradition and culture using materials from Korean music as well as newly generated sounds. Many of her electronic music pieces have been composed based on the rites of Korean Shamanism using the Wave Field Synthesis system in The Hague (192 loudspeakers), exploring the relationship between musical and physical spaces. She achieved her Master degree both in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and in composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Currently She is working as a research associate in Sonology, and is active as a composer and sound artist based in The Hague.

Mei-Yi Lee (Taipei, 1982) After achieved her bachelor degree at the National Taiwan University of Arts she moves to The Netherlands to continue her musical education at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under the supervision of Fedor Tunisse, Luuk Nagtegaal, Hans Zonderop. Presently she is a regular guest performer with several ensembles such as Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Taiwan Youth Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble 1002, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, among others; performing in important concert halls from France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg, China and Taiwan.




Ephémère #12 - 10th November 2011

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Jim Zweerts / Martijn Barendregt / Payam Shahali

This project started as an improvisation/installation work of Martijn Barendregt and Jim Zweerts. Later Payam Shahali joined, and the project became more performance orientated. The original installation focused on the recycling of sounds, using them in new contexts, structures and qualities. New qualities where made both spatially and timbrally with the use of different lo-fi speakers throughout the space. The new form of the project still incorporates recycling, but is more focused on microstructures and a partially prepared form. For this performance Ephemere, the spatialization will be in stereo format.

Jim Zweerts (1988, The Hague) is a graduation student at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In his electronic compositions, the interaction between handcrafted collages and computer-generated structures is an important point of departure. A method to connect these contrasting working methods and allowing them to form new relations, is the use of a succession of transformations. Every transformation, either handcrafted or automized, is input for a new transformation, thereby allowing them to influence each other. This performance is a live improvised version of a similar process.

Martijn Barendregt (1986, Muscat, Oman) has a broad interest in the phenomenon called sound. Here the term sound covers the complete spectrum. From sound seen as a physical phenomenon till sound seen as a complex mixture of all corresponding associations. The latter forming the communicative potential of sound. His interest in technology plays a crucial role in the development of his music. However the use of new techniques will as far as possible serve a creative and quite personal process. The focus of his work concerns feedback. From the simplest Larsen-effect until feeding back (musical) parameters. From a more philosophical point of view the composer/musician can be seen as a link in a feedback chain. Critical and constructive feedback leads to an ever rapidly growing expansion.

Payam Shahali is born on 11 september 1986 in Tehran (Iran). He currently studies at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. His main interests are microsound and transformational processes. With these techniques he explores in depth the morphology and possibilities of sound material. The transformed sounds and variations then form a basis for his compositions. His music is characterized by stochastic controlled microtime movements and geometric shapes.

Yota Morimoto

Yota is developing detailed sonic models whose possibilities are explored in an audiovisual live setting. In an attempt to address an idiomatic approach to digital media, the generated signals are transcoded into binary patterns and visualized using a custom-made program.

Yota Morimoto (1981) is a Japanese composer born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, currently undertaking a doctorate research at the University of Birmingham, UK. His works explore unconventional approaches to generating and transmitting sound, implementing models of noise, turbulence and abstract machines. His works have been presented in festivals and conferences such as Gaudeamus Music Week [amsterdam], TodaysArtFestival [den haag], NWEAMO [mexico], Transmediale [berlin], ISEA [ruhr, istanbul], makeart festival [poitier], EMUfest [rome], ICMC [belfast], and SMC [porto, balcerona].

Yedo Gibson / Marcio Gibson / Tiago Morgado

Yedo Gibson was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1981. At the age of 11 he started to play the tenor saxophone and on his 15ths was giving classes at the AquiJazz conservatoire in Sao Paulo and playing all over Brazil with various musicians such as Mario Margarido, Panda Gianfratti, Ricardo Zoio and others. In 1999 he joined the Armazen Abapuru, group of traditional Brazilian music in a contemporary context where he was in charge of the development of the improvisation aspect in the group. They recorded 2 albums with musicians of Hermeto Pascoal group (Nene, Carlos Malta and Jovino Santos Neto). Armazen has been traveling all over Brazil giving workshops and Concerts in the Vila Lobos Caravana Musical Project. Parallel with this he was starting his own work with the drummer Panda Gianfratti, with had recorded 5 albums including with a sextet called Abaetetuba directed by Yedo.

Tiago Morgado started his formal musical studies in 2000, studying alto viola, computer music, musicology and improvisation with people such as Jorge Alves, Gerhard Doderer, Tomas Henriques, Rui Dias, Gustavo Costa, Carlos Guedes, among others. Attended to seminars, workshops, masterclasses and lectures with people such as Fred Frith, Mark Dresser, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Anette Vande Gorne, Andre Bartetzki, Douglas Kahn, Hans Timmermans, Pedro Rebelo, Mario Vieira de Carvalho, Ruy Vieira Neri, Miguel Azguime, Henry Vega, Jan T. von Falkenstein, Than Van Nispen. He was associated with acts such as :papercutz in the final of their lylac promotion tour, playing in venues and festivals such as sxsw, exit festival, plano b (first part of High Places gig), and Islington Metal Works. The netlabel which he was founder of and curator of (XS Records [PT Netlabel]) from 2008 to 2010, has released music of him aswell as music of people such as Karlheinz Essl, Agnes Heginger, Klaus Burger, Mathew Ostrowski, among others. He is currently starting an Ma Degree at Institute of Sonology Den Haag, where he is taking classes, among others, with people such as Kees Tazelaar, Richard Barrett, Joel Ryan, Frank Balde, Paul Berg, and Raviv Ganchrow.

Einoma

Based on material created for a performance at the Lost Theory festival in Croatia last august, Einoma will play a set that explores the more adventurous and experimental part of their sound. Drones and noises meet beats and melodies in a more improvised and unexpected setting than usual for the duo.

Einoma is a collaboration between two Icelandic friends and studio partners, Bjarni and Steindor. Having released two highly acclaimed albums as well as various 12, remixes and compilation tracks, the pair recently teamed up again in the Netherlands. The first impressions of the new meetings can be found on the recent eps 'Tvenna and LostandFound. The duo is now working on a third album.

Bjarni Gunnarsson is an Icelandic composer / sound artist born in 1980 in Reykjavik. As a member of the electronic music duo Einoma, he has released numerous LPs, EPs, compilation tracks and remixes on labels like Vertical Form, Thule, Uni:form, Spezial Material, Trachanik and lmalc. Bjarni has performed his music in concerts and festivals in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland and Iceland. He has also presented multichannel compositions at the WFS system in Leiden (192 speakers), the WFS system in Berlin (832 speakers) and the BEAST system in Birmingham (up to 100 speakers).

Steindor Kristinsson is an electronic sound artist currently situated in Den Haag. He has (for the last 6 years) been studying at the Institute of Sonology and performing electronic music in various projects: around Den Haag and other Europien cities. At this point Steindors performance focuses on a fusion and interaction between experimental electronic sounds and rhythms.




Ephémère #11 - 11th October 2011

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Wen Chin Fu / Mei-Yi Lee / Nanda Milbreta

This collaboration is exploring the possibilities of performing customized self-made instruments. The self-made instruments suggest a new form of performing on stage. The instruments have been designed in specific shape for producing sound, especially the sound of metal and spring. By building up and playing the instruments, Nanda, Mei-Yi and Wen Chin experiment and develop various method of introducing the instruments. In this concert, Nanda, Mei-yi and Wen Chin will present 3 compositions of the new instruments.

Wen Chin Fu (Taiwan) graduated in Shih-Chien University ,Music Department, Taipei, Taiwan (2006) gratuated in The Royal Art Academy, ArtScience Interfaculty, Den Haag (2010). Performing with choreographer Kirstie Simpson and contact improvisation dance company Ku dance company since 2004. Collaborate with Rebecca Ballestra for sound composition since 2007. Experimenting with sound for site-specific project and performing with self-made instrument. At the same time, collaborating with video artist, dancers, and musicians in Europe. www.wenchinfu.com

Mei-Yi Lee (Taipei, 1982).After achieved her bachelor degree at the National Taiwan University of Arts she moves to The Netherlands to continue her musical education at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under the supervision of Fedor Tunisse, Luuk Nagtegaal, Hans Zonderop Presently she is a regular guest performer with several ensembles such as Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Taiwan Youth Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble 1002, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, among others; performing in important concert halls from France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg, China and Taiwan. She is currently concluding her Masters degree at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, focusing in the percussion works of John Cage as well as collaborating frequently with young artists and composers. Nanda Milbreta (Latvia) is a sound artist, living and working in The Hague, NL.

Nanda's background lies in classical music, she studied cello and saxophone, but currently she is developing new instruments to make her sounds. For this performance, in order to create new musical instrument prototypes, Nanda has been playing with the sonic peculiarities of metal in a musical way. www.neon-landa.com

Hugo Morales Murguia / Goska Isphording

Hugo Morales Murguia (Mexico City, 1979) is a composer and sound artist based in the Netherlands. His current work focuses on the development of alternative instruments for sound oriented composition through the extension of traditional instruments and/or implementations of rudimentary objects. Various technological applications, physical sound processes and unconventional instrumental techniques are usually elements defining his music composition and performance.

Harpsichordist Goska Isphording specializes in the performance of contemporary music. She gives solo recitals and performs with chamber music ensembles and orchestras. She is also active in music theatre and multimedia productions and has premiered numerous solo and chamber music works. Goska Isphording is born in Poland, where she started her Early Music harpsichord study at the Krakow Academy of Music, and graduated cum laude in 1998. In 2001 she obtained her diploma at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (The Netherlands) where she studied with Patrick Ayrton. Her interest in contemporary art led her to follow the Masters in program contemporary harpsichord techniques with Annelie de Man at the Conservatory in Amsterdam. Her performances in the Netherlands and other European countries brought her in contact with young composers which resulted in numerous pieces being written for her. Goska Isphording has participated in various festivals for contemporary music. Her concerts are frequently broadcast. She is a founding member of Roentgen Connection - ensemble for the performance of the contemporary chamber music.

Mathieu Garrouste / David Vilayleck

A very contemporary ambient noise music akin to noise / shouting, where irritating bursts meet devastated post-industrial landscapes, in which a human hand can sometimes be felt... Laptop and turntable improvisations inspired by digital noise, rather than analog synths, it's not electronic music, but sounds based on an interruption. A bandwith of a hail of information, encoded and compressed, made audible and manipulated, but very similar to the original signal, information encoded by protocols we are unable to understand, without an appropriate interface, so it's better to play with them and feel them.

David Vilayleck (guitar/laptop, 1980, France) Music studies, electro-acoustics, jazz improvisation, guitar, at the french conservatories of Perpignan and Strasbourg, he performs worlwide with bands or as a solo project named Ayankoko. Over 15 releases on the web in Spain, UK , Germany, Mexico, Russia, France, and also Ayanrecords netlabel owner, developed his art from 2004 through the internet and the use of Creative Commons and open sources. His music ranges from noise to ambient frecuencies, abstract drones, minimal beats, DIY electronica, to instrumental improvisation and/or production. ayankoko.blogspot.com www.myspace.com/ayankoko

Mathieu Garrouste (saxophone/electronic, 1982, France) Active in Paris as a freelance sax player. He's using a turntable with a sherman filter and a loopstation to build his experimental music. He's part of many projects and co-organizes a concert series through Trashvortex in Kobe, Paris. www.yage.fr




Ephémère #10 - 15th September 2011

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Aviva Endean (AU) clarinetist/bass-clarinetist: new music

Aviva Endean is a clarinetist and bass-clarinettist based in Melbourne, Australia who works in a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts. Her major projects currently include Mamushka, a five piece instrumental group who perform Aviva s original compositions, Melbourne s pioneer Gypsy-death-core band The Barons of Tang who toured to the USA and New Zealand this year and Quiver, a new music ensemble which she co-directs who performs new and obscure contemporary art music. She also performs as a guest with Australian new music ensembles including Golden Fur, ARCKO symphonic project and Chamber made opera, composes music for independent theater companies and performs as part of both of Melbourne's free improvisation series, The Make it up Club and Stutter. She was recently awarded the Willem Van Otterloo memorial award and an Australia Council Art Start grant, which enabled her to take part in the Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute, in America, The Atlas Academy and the Dutch Improvisers Academy in Amsterdam and undertake further private study with bass clarinet virtuosi in Europe including, Harry Sparnaay, Fie Schouten, Jelte Althuis, Carl Rosman and Laura Carmicheal. For her performance at Ephemere, she will perform a short set of solo pieces exploring the timbres of the clarinet and bass clarinet including original composition, improvisation and contemporary pieces by Liza Lim, Evan Ziporyn and Claudio Ambrosini.

Jan Trutzschler von Falkenstein (DE): electronic solo

Jan T. (Jan Trutzschler von Falkenstein) works in the field of computer music, media art and creative coding since the late 1990s. He performs 'crispy' sound collages using novel and custom made interfaces, produces sonic installations and occasionally composes for ensembles and fixed media. Currently he focuses on designing audio apps for mobile devices which are released under TeaTracks. In the past years Jan contributed to the open source audio software SuperCollider. His music has been performed across the world at festivals such as ICSM World Music Days, ICMC, Spark, MusicAcoustica, TodaysArt, BEAST. Jan studied Media Design in Weimar, Sonology in Den Haag and Computer Music at the University of Birmingham. Currently he works as an iOS developer in Appsterdam and is visiting lecturer for computer music at the University Ilmenau.www.falkenst.com/www.teatracks.com Jan T. is going to present some of his latest work: an improvised performance for Bird Caller, water bottle, Manta and SuperCollider and possibly a piece for MoDE 31, the Mobile Device Ensemble Holland, which he founded in 2009.

Lemuriformes: improvisations with electronics and ink

Julie Dassaud (FR) visuals /// Eliad Wagner (NL) synthesizer /// Laurens van der Vree (NL) circuits, mixer

Lemuriformes is a collaborative improvisational performance project in which live coding, painting, visuals and electronic music blend together in one experience. Many issues are addressed in the process, such as multi-disciplinary improvisation, human and machine involvement levels in electronic music, live coding in collaborative performances, graphic scoring and live coding as a means of sound transformation. The main reason to start this unusual cooperation was to share a positive and playful experience in which the personal qualities of the collaborators have their role defined on the fly. From it we learned that it definitely creates interesting combinations of crosshatched and intersecting auditory and visual palettes, which we will continue to explore.

Julie Dassaud is a french visual artist based in Amsterdam involved with various solo and collaborative projects, wherein she explores in particular the relevancy and possibilities of drawing in our contemporary digital age. In this context, she exhibits for instance with Img-src, a collective confusing the viewer's senses by producing analog work that looks digital and the other way around. Her live ink painting contribution to lemuriformes is her first performing appearance. Besides this, Julie is active as artistic director of the Kulter. art space and of the Notations platform for alternative music notations. www.julisso.org / www.notations.nl

Eliad Wagner is a musician, composer and programmer. Born in Israel and currently based in The Netherlands, he holds a Bachelor degree in physics from the Hebrew University and a Master of Music degree at the Music Technology department of the Utrecht School of the Arts. He develops his own approach to electronic sound, mainly based on analog and modular synthesizers and computer programming. His work has been published by Metropolis records [US], Digital Kranky [DE], C-sides[DE] and concrete plastic [UK]. He is co- founder of the electronica label g6pd records [IL]. http://eliadwagner.wordpress.com

Laurens van der Vree is a sonic designer, composer and programmer from The Netherlands, holding a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Arts and Technology degree from the Music Technology department of the Utrecht School of the Arts. Laurens focusses on autonomous works on the edge of composition and performance, as well as usual and less usual collaborations, ranging from modern dance to live coding improv [lemuriformes]. His work has been presented in Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Portugal, Spain and several other countries, at occasions such as ICMC, SMC and the Hong Kong International Dance Symposium. http://www.laurensvanderwee.nl




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Ephémère #9 - 9th June 2011

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Hugo Morales Murguia and Milana Zaric

Hugo Morales Murguia: Composition /// Milana Zaric: Harp

Torque, a harp and electronics piece by Hugo Morales Murguia performed by Milana Zaric (for harp and pedal-propelled DC motors). In Torque the harp is explored as a perpetual string resonator. The vibration of the different strings creates clouds of overtones constantly changing over time. The harpist regulates the resonance of the instrument and controls the strings to be excited by manipulation of the harp pedal.

Hugo Morales Murguia (Mexico City, 1979) is a composer and sound artist based in the Netherlands. His current work focuses on the development of alternative instruments for sound oriented composition through the extension of traditional instruments and/or implementations of rudimentary objects. Various technological applications, physical sound processes and unconventional instrumental techniques are usually elements defining his music composition and performance.

Belgrade born, the Netherlands based, Milana Zaric is a harp player currently doing research in contemporary music and improvisation at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She holds a position as principal harpist in the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, performing regularly under top international conductors and soloists. She is active as soloist, improviser and chamber musician.

Three pieces by Trainn Hjalmarsson

performed by Karl Ingi Karlsson, Lovorka Holjevac, Nikolaj Kynde and Trainn Hjalmarsson

Those three pieces were made in the period of 2007-2011. All of them deal with rhythm in some way. Rhythm is here limited either by a musical instrument or a notation.

Trainn Hjalmarsson studied composition at the Academy of the Arts in Iceland 2003-2006, he is an active member of the composers collective S.L.A.T.U.R (Society of artistically obtrusive composers around Reykjavik). Trainn is a proud inventor of the first generation of Thranophones, which is presented in this concert, furthermore he has in collaboration with the artist Pieter De Buck developed the second generation of that instrument.

Lovorka Holjevac is a croatian singer who works on connecting jazz improvisation and vocal folk techniques from various cultures and countries. She is working on a M.A. project that connects and compares cultures through their music, finding their similarities, defining them through their differences and merging them through improvisation as a universal language of all music.

Electronic musician, designer and sonology student Karl Karlsson has been involved with the icelandic art and fashion underground for years doing various performances and installations. His musical alter egos include Johnny Sexual, Karl Kona, Karl Valberg and the Square-wave Samurai, each dealing with a different music genre.

Nikolaj Kynde is a Danish trombone player with roots in the scene of jazz and improvised music.He now studies Sonology at the royal conservatory of the Hague, were he among other explores the possibilities of computers as instruments and instruments as computer interfaces.

Audio visual performance by Bjarni Gunnarsson (electronics) and Cedric Dupire (visuals)

After collaborating on a video for the piece Dried up for the release of the album Safn 2006-2009, Bjarni and Cedric are now preparing a new audio-visual work that penetrates the audible microcosm and visual nature. Although the techniques used vary, one constant is emerging, to compose the smallest offered in sound and image, to engage the micro-events. The performance will feature two new pieces to be performed live, both image and sound.

Cedric Dupire, through his 3 long feature documentary films questioned the link between music and environment. His work followed different cinematographic forms, from ethnographic film to experimental documentary. The right man at the right place use direct cinema in order to show the forceful personality of Fadouba Oulare. We dont Care About Music Anywa, through a sensitive approach, build an environment in which the radical music of the protagonists and the sound of the city are in motion. Nowadays, Cedric Dupire explore experimental forms on Super 8 films. No More Free Memor was his first experimental short film.

Bjarni Gunnarsson is an Icelandic composer / sound artist born in 1980. Member of the electronic music duo Einoma, he has released numerous LPs, EPs, and collaborations on various labels. Bjarni has performed his music in concerts and festivals in Germany, England, France, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Greece, Ireland and Iceland. He studied composition at the CCMIX center in Paris, and is currently completing a master degree at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag.

Toverlantaarn by Dornotator

Toverlantaarn is an audio visual performance by Dotnotator a collective by Ludmila Rodrigues, Marijke van Gorp, Mike Rijnierse and Nenad Popov.

Toverlantaarn is a light performance which makes use of an early visual technique, known as shadowplay, or fantasmagoria, to produce image and sound. A small structure of wooden frames, LEDs and light sensors build up a large projection throughout space.

Ludmila Rodrigues, Marijke van Gorp, Mike Rijnierse and Nenad Popov are a collective originated in Artscience department (Den Haag), who are interested in finding a perspective to achieve all knowledge. Guest performer: Charlotte Hart.

Marijke van Gorp (Netherlands) is a designer / researcher currently studying at the Media Technology department, Leiden University. http://marijkevangorp.blogspot.com/

Nenad Popov (Serbia, 1978) is an artist who researches the relation between sound, image and space, specialized in video analysis and real-time image processing. Currently studies and teaches at Artscience department.

Ludmila Rodrigues (Brazil, 1979) is an interdisciplinary artist, graduated in Architecture and currently studying at the Artscience department, Den Haag. http://www.tinamustao.com/

Mike Rijnierse (Netherlands, 1974) is an interdisciplinary artist who frequently works with light and sound. http://mikerijnierse.nl/




Ephémère #8 - 12th May 2011

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The Allochtones

Yedo Gibson: Reeds /// Guillermo Celano: Gitaar /// Marcos Baggiani: Drums

This is the new project of these 3 amazing musicians. It is a tower of sound, hundreds of musical languages interconnecting stories, creating a new world, a new way of communication. When we play, we are creating that musical moment in which we are together with the people and the space we are sharing at that very specific moment Yedo Gibson, Guillermo Celano and Marcos Baggiani bring about a delicious melange of Jazz, rock, improvised music and folk sounds, using composed and improvised material as an anchor point for collective creation.

Erik Nystrom

Cataract

Cataract journeys into territories where sound and space are the sole agencies of life, and abstract substance meets radiant, visceral sense experience. The title carries several references. One alludes in an abstract sense, to the cascading textural motions: transformational deluges of live sound matter, washes of all-absorbing noise, and glissandi projecting into the heights and depths of spectral space.

Another is an analogue between the medical eye condition (a clouding of the lens of the eye) and the way in which our sense of spatial, sonic definition is affected by degrees of textural opacity. The acousmatic cataract I think of is a continuum where hyper-clarity in vivid sound environments intersects with clouds of noise and coagulated microsound, blurring our auditory vision. Finally, Cataract is a reference Pythagoras curtain in the etymology of the acousmatic: I hypothesise that pervasive organicity and spatiality in sound, combined with an abstract aesthetic, removes us further away from the anecdotal world towards the here and now of an integral sound universe all before curtain: if we could see we would know nothing more. The work is composed for eight-channel loudspeaker projection and was premiered in London in November 2010.

Latitudes

This work derives its shape from the possibilities of spatial transformation offered by a stable drone extending itself into a fluid mass of noisy cloud formations, resonant oscillations and chaotically propelled beads of particles. The title refers to the idea of lateral strands or layers in spatial perspectives; ripples propagating across the listening field; and distances between the oceanic depths of resonant textures and immersive nebulae of micro-activity. As in another sense of the word latitude, sound is freely extending itself through time in a continual process where the capacity of mutation always tend to increase. The piece was composed in early 2011, for eight-channel loudspeaker projection. The present performance is its premier.

Erik Nystrom composes acousmatic, electroacoustic music. With a background in audio engineering, his musical education comprises computer music composition at CCMIX, Paris, and electroacoustic composition at City University, London (MA in 2008 and PhD, ongoing). His principal composition tutors have been Gerard Pape (CCMIX, 2006-07) and Denis Smalley (City U. 2007-Present). Other influential educational experiences include courses and workshops attended during the time at CCMIX, with Jean-Claude Risset, Trevor Wishart, Harry Halbreich, Agostino Di Scipio, Makis Solomos and Curtis Roads. Erik Nystrom's PhD research concerns spatial texture in acousmatic music and takes particular interest in the sense of spatial scale in music, the relations between abstract structures and qualitative textural states, and processes of motion and transformation. His music, which also includes collaborations with contemporary dance choreographers, has been performed and broadcast internationally. Acknowledgements include the Prix du Public in Metamorphoses 2010, category B (Belgium) and an honourable mention in Musical Viva 2010 (Portugal), both for Elemental Chemistry.

Ji Youn Kang and Mei Yi Lee

Ji Youn Kang, electronics /// Mey Yi Lee, percussions

Mei-Yi and Ji Youn have been collaborating as a duo, combining percussion and live electronics. Here they use crude materials and unusual instruments to create a continual flow that is both ritualistic and human. The performance includes unconventional ways of playing instruments using uncontrollable physical motions and reactions, and creates an ambiguity in the role of the performer by de-activating the instrument and reacting to the behavior of it. The music results from both the communication and competitive actions between performers, and between the performers and the instruments. This is framed against the backdrop of an feedback-based ecosystem, that invites the audience and the space to join the conversation.

Ji Youn Kang, born in Seoul, South Korea, is a composer and sound artist based in The Hague. Her objectives and interests revolve around the creation of her own musical language that (re)presents the Korean tradition and culture using materials from Korean music as well as newly generated sounds. Many of her electronic music pieces have been composed based on the rites of Korean Shamanism using the Wave Field Synthesis system at Scheltema in Leiden (192 loudspeakers), exploring the relationship between musical and physical spaces. She achieved her Master degree in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and is currently continuing her studies in composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam.




EEphémère #7 - 14th April 2011

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Younes Riad

live electronics

The performance will be a solo improvisational piece. It will be performed with a new environment which is still a work in progress. The environment establishes a duet between computer and performer. The performer can choose from a couple of instruments to play live. The computer has a couple of instruments which at a lower level are controlled by several stochastic algorithms which respect a couple of parameters derived from the way the performing is playing. The performer has some higher level control over those computer instruments.

Younes Riad started making music on guitar as a kid. Played in several bands. Got introduced and interested in electronic music around the age of 15. Joined the first band doing live-electronics at age 17. Did a little solo project called Jens Weber 2 years later. Developed interest in improvised electronic music and started building MaxMSP patches. Been part of several ensembles since, among other things: Senga Etna, Dejima Ensemble, Beukorkest and On a Green Slope in Dark Water.

Pablo Sans

The sharawadji is quoted in the guide Sonic Experience (ed. Augoyard and Torgue) as follows: An aesthetic effect that characterizes the feeling of plenitude that is sometimes created by the contemplation of a sound motif or a complex soundscape of inexplicable beauty. This exotic term, introduced in Europe in the seventeenth century by travelers returning from China, designates the beauty that occurs with no discernible order or arrangement. When Chinese people visit a beautiful garden that strikes their imagination because of its absence of design, it is commonly said that its sharawadji is admirable. This virtual order, imperceptible and present, produces fascination and is breathtaking. The sharawadji effect is unexpected and transports us elsewhere, beyond the strict representation of things, out of context. In this brutally present confusion, we lose both our senses and our sense. This experience is driven by some of those moments, heard, felt and intuited. Hopefully it might transport the listener out of context too.

Pablo Sanz is an interdisciplinary explorer with a particular fascination for sound and listening. Since 2001 he has made eclectic forays into photography, live video, radio, djing, experimental sound work and a number of editorial projects, in combination with his professional background in audiovisual media. Following his participation in the international course at the Institute of Sonology in 2007, he enrolled the ArtScience interfaculty program in The Hague. In addition, he has taken part in workshops and seminars held by people such as Chris Watson, Francisco Lopez, Kim Cascone, Manuel Rocha or Pauline Oliveros. His recorded work circulates mainly on the internet. Live events include a few festivals and venues in Spain and The Netherlands. In the fields of mutant remix and dj culture, he has been producing the project 'From 20 to 20000 hz', performing live mixing sessions and creating online/radio releases, with thirty volumes available up to date. Since 2004 he has been involved on Mediateletipos.net, an online publication and collective platform devoted to the dissemination of sonic arts and aural culture, contributing as blogger and editor for commissioned projects. He is also a member of the community ArteSonoro.org and coordinator of its online radio network. His current practice and research are mainly focused on site related sound art, phonography and the development of strategies for the (ab)use of contextual and decontextualized environmental sound matter, in an attempt towards the creation of auditory experiences which usually explore issues related to noise, space, memory and perception. http://www.20020.org/

Wen Chin Fu and Nenad Popov : Light, Sound body

Wen Chin and Nenad are working with Sound and Image. They are interested in different ways of researching the relationship between sound, space and vision. Wen Chin focuses on the body as an instrument in space or specific location. Nenad is concentrated on relation between sound, Image and Space. His work ranges from the live cinema performances to large scale outdoor projections. In this collaboration, they are exploring intersections between light and sound through the body. Most intriguing points of these intersections will be basis for the piece present in Ephemere.

Wen Chin Fu (Taiwan) graduated in Shih-Chien University, Music Department, Taipei, Taiwan (2006) gratuated in The Royal Art Academy, ArtScience Interfaculty, Den Haag (2010). Performing with choreographer Kirstie Simpson and contact improvisation dance company Ku dance company since 2004. Collaborate with Rebecca Ballestra for sound composition since 2007. Experimenting with sound for site-specific project. At the same time, collaborating with video artist, dancers, and musicians in Europe.

Nenad Popov (Serbia, 1978): While researching the relation between sound, image and space, Nenad Popov specialised in video analysis and real-time image processing. His work ranges from live cinema performances to large scale outdoor projections. He collaborated with many artists and technicians working in the field, such as Daan Brinkmann, Electronic Opera, Thomas Koner and Lillevan/Rechenzentrum. At the same time he has been developing visual improvisations and related home-brew realtime animation software and hardware. He had solo performances on festivals like Dis-Patch, TodaysArt and Share.

Tatstumi Ryusui

Born in 1985 in Japan. Came to Berlin in 2009. He plays experimental-noise music with slide guitar, some pedals and toys. Sometimes singing.




Ephémère #6 - 10th March 2011

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Minus 2

Teodora Stepancic, piano and objects /// Corne Roos, bass instruments

-2 is the duo of Teodora Stepancic (piano and objects) and Corné Roos (bass instruments). Their music and performances range from free Improvisation, theater, electricity, musical noise and free instrumentation. Next thursday they will present improvisations, “Bass on a table” piece by Teodora Stepancic , and “Piano 3 hands”, piece by Corné Roos. More info at http://minus-2.tumblr.com/

Los compadres

Rodrigo Reijers, contrabass, mouth-harp, flutes, voice /// Rodrigo Parejo, flutes, voice, percussions

Los compadres is a duo of Rodrigo Reijers (contrabass, mouth-harp, flutes, voice,...) and Rodrigo Parejo (flutes, voice, percussions,...) Both are improvising musicians and active in the international contemporary scene of music,. In this duo project they explore interesting possibilities within the sound , inspired by minimal music, modern improvisation and pigmy music (otherwise folkloristic tradition) that brings the listener inside of their experimental journey in the world of music and sound. We will hear different instruments that are uncommon in the western world , different rhythms and textures that will surprise the listener as well as the players.

Michael Chinen

Michael Chinen , electronics

As a programmer and a musician Michael has to appreciate the structure, network, and hierarchy of process. This performance will consist of sonification (the act of turning data into sound) of computer processes in several parts. One will use a hacked debugger to sonify normal programs such as TextEdit in real time by fetching memory, cpu thread state, and more. This approach reveals the macro structure in processes in the computer. Another part will work on the micro scale by taking common sorting algorithms and turning them into sound and visuals. Lastly a custom web browser that was written for sonification from the inside out will be demonstrated. Michael Chinen was born in Honolulu in 1982. He is a programmer, involved in several open source projects including Audacity, FFmpeg, and the Institute for Algorhythmics, a group which focuses on sonification. He also composes and performs. He studied computer music and synthesis with Charles Dodge (Dartmouth College), Richard Karpen (University of Washington) and Naotoshi Osaka (Tokyo Denki University). More info http://fuckingsound.com




Ephémère #5 - 11th February 2011

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Dafne Vicente-Sandoval - Xavier Lopez

Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, bassoon /// Xavier Lopez, laptop

Axolotl is Dafne Vicente-Sandoval on Bassoon and Xavier Lopez on laptop. Their work is focused on the use of silence, formal desegregation, and sonic abstraction. The duo was created in 2010 and since then played in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Mexico, as a duo or collaborating with other musicians (Lawrence Williams, Pierre-Yves Martel, Ferran Fages, Lalli Barrière, ...)

Alexander Bruck - Gabriel Paiuk

Alexander Bruck, viola /// Gabriel Paiuk, piano

Alexander Bruck plays the viola, violin and an increasing number of rare and unusual (at least in modern western cultural contexts) string instruments including: the strohviol, erhu and most recently the raberi, a violin from the Tarahumara region in northern Mexico. His improvisational approach to these instruments is not informed by any traditional ways of playing, but rather inspired by electro-acoustic means of sound production and other aspects of contemporary music. Interferences, instability, resonance, and playing with melodic or rhythmic gestures and their cultural meaning, are the focus of his improvising.

Throughout his work as an improviser Gabriel Paiuk has developed a language which couples keyboard playing with the operation of diverse tools on the strings and piano's machinery in a specific way. Not unlike his compositional work, his playing aims at fragmenting and decontextualizing sound materials by juxtaposition and superposition, setting in contact materials with diverse timbral characteristics and which relate to different strategies of sound production. Timbre variations on pitch material produced through the intervention of the vibrating strings are confronted with "concrete" sound materials extracted from diverse operations on the piano's metal and wooden frame, aiming at an enhancement of perception of the minute variations in timbre material.

The traditional relation between a solo string instrument and a piano will be confronted in this performance through a strategy of focus on the possible material-sensitive interaction between the sounds of both instruments.

Bjarni Gunnarsson - Jaike Stambach

Bjarni Gunnarsson, electronics /// Jaike Stambach, guitar

Bjarni Gunnarsson and Jaike Stambach will play a set of improvised music where live electronics meet guitars, the sound of found objects and various types of real-time processing. Having recorded and performed together in Paris, this is the first time Bjarni and Jaike will play together in the Netherlands.

Bjarni Gunnarsson is an Icelandic composer / sound artist born in 1980 in Reykjavík. As a member of the electronic music duo Einóma, he has released numerous LP´s, EP´s, compilation tracks and remixes on labels like Vertical Form, Thule, Uni:form, Spezial Material, Trachanik and lmalc. Bjarni has also performed his music in concerts and festivals in Germany, England, France, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Greece, Ireland and Iceland. He studied composition with Gerard Pape and others at the CCMIX in Paris, and is currently completing a masters degree at the Institute of Sonology in Den Haag.

Instrumentist and studio engineer, Jaike Stambach has worked with sound in many different fields, developing music and sound-design for film, theater and performance art, along side his own personal compositional projects. He is a core member of the Parisian multidisciplinary theater group Das Plateau, and founding member of the shoegaze-influenced trio The History Of Colour TV."




Ephémère #4 - 13th January 2011

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Yolanda Uriz and Ángel Faraldo: Dislocated Frames

Ángel Faraldo, music composition and live electronics /// Yolanda Uriz, scenography, videos and flute

Dislocated Frames is born of a very specific context. It was commisioned by the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) to complement an exhibition by the British artists and twin sisters Jane and Louise Wilson, whose themes, among others, revolved around the ideas of suspended time, the Holocaust and a never-made film by Stanley Kubrick (The Aryan Papers). Therefore, the number of resonances of our piece with their work could only be measured after being inmersed in the artistic world of the Wilson Sisters. However, it is also true that even though we were highly inspired by their work, our intention was to create a self- maintainable piece, a 45 minutes experience on its own, in which all its elements refer only to the piece itself, and that is the reason to willing to present it again, in this specific context.

Dislocated Frames is an enquiry into forms of concert presentation that enhance the visuality of the performer and her relations to the music.In this 45_ show, the flute performer hides behind a projection screen, projecting dislocated shades and traces of her body-frame onto the screen, in which lights, visual effects and 2 short abstract films are also presented in intimate relation with the music, created in its totality from sounds from the audience-hall and the player behind the screen. In Dislocated Frames we have tried to let the different media (light, video, sound) talk for themselves, stablishing relations by juxtaposition rather than by superpositon. We have tried a great deal to substract one media to another, rather than adding them together. We have tried to allow empty -uninterpreted- spaces to emerge in both the visual and the auditory. Of course we have done also the opposite, but that needs no further explanation.

"Schithol Plaza And The City Idiot" by Sumo3

"Schithol Plaza And The City Idiot" is a folklore feeling before travelling, a deep throated and flawed experience into one man's dealings with whatever personal folklore may be. Alfredo Genovesi, music /// Emese Csornai, projector /// Marek Jason Isleib, movement

Alfredo Genovesi is a free improvising electronic guitarist. Using an artillery of pedal effects, found objects, samplers, external sound sources and ever shifting guitar tunings he constructs multi-layered soundscapes using a hands-on approach which enables him to fluctuate between diverse and colourful soundworlds. " Really outrageous stuff, congratulations…The range of (Alfredo's) work is awesome" - John Zorn. "…eddying currents of guitar overridden and rearranged by a culmative welter of modifications..loaded like detritus into the drift" - David Stubbs (The Wire) "Great legs" - Mary Oliver

Born 1984 Budapest, Emese Csornai lives and works in Amsterdam as a multimedia artist and light designer. She makes installations and performances. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and started a self-study alongside in light design, at the Muiderpoort theater. She worked as a light designer in Frankfurt Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, DWA, Smart project space, Bimhuis, Ot301 and more, and made her first solo exhibition and performance serie in Art Cage cultural center in 2010 July. In her work she examines and questions the mechanism of perception, and how it influences emotions and decisions. Her scale is the individual.

Marek Jason Isleib started off with studies and performing Mime. At an early age he went into Classical Ballet which he studied in Berlin and The Hague Conservatory, the Netherlands. He worked as classical dancer and after moving back to Holland, joined for several years different companies and projects in Holland and Germany. Always studying different forms and approaches of movement (including Yoga, TaiChi, Feldenkrais, New Dance, Contact Improvisation, Break Dance and Butoh) he got involved in Improvisation in the late 1990's.




Ephémère #3 - 2nd December 2010

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Film "Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise" by Ken Jacobs/John Zorn (2005)

Often the most forward-looking art is that which reaches into the distant past for inspiration. Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise, recorded in 2004 at New York's Anthology Film Archives, is culled from a set of performances by avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs and musicians John Zorn and Ikue Mori. These performances derive their means of production from an era predating the existence of film, and the effect is startling.

The viewer is guided on a voyage through forests, caverns, and galaxies. Trees transform into cloud formations; craters on the lunar surface become droplets of rain on a windshield — the possibilities for an interpreted narrative framework are limitless. If Jacobs' work evokes the dream state, then Zorn and Mori's improvised score interprets it as a nightmare; with its pervasive sense of dread, the music imposes inferences on visual phenomena that are, in fact, quite beautiful. Machine-like drones gradually intensify, threatening to overwhelm the imagery but never doing so. Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise is a vital release. It captures the emergence of an exciting visual medium, one that may entrance, perplex, or disturb its viewer, but one that refuses to be ignored.

Trio Echoes (Milana Zaric / Leo Svirsky / Adam Jeffrey)

Harp, piano and percussion trio ‘Echoes’ originated as a part of a Master’s research project at Koncon. The improvisation project is about transformations of timbre between stringed and percussive instruments, exploring their inner sound spectrum and resonances and obscuring the boundaries of separate instruments identities.

The ensemble members are Milana Zaric, harp, Leo Svirsky, piano, and Adam Jeffrey, percussions. The Ephémère performance will consist of a composed/improvised piece by Leo Svirsky, which deals with resonance sustaining for non-sustaining instruments, and one freely improvised piece.

Duo Alberto Novello / Flavio Zanuttini

The duo we present is a live electronics for computer and flugelhorn, inspired and dedicated to the cosmological vision and composition stye of O. Messiaen. Two elements clash with each other in his vision of the world: time, seen as an oppressing and implacable force, and the birds, the most free and musical of all beings. Men dwell in between these elements longing for freedom but eternally caged in the grid of time. In this structured improvisation, we attempt at evoking these two opposite entities, trying also to go further and create a dialectic pace with time in the form of rhythm.

Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN is a scientist, composer, sound and video artist. He studied sound synthesis with J.C. Risset, and obtained a PhD working at the Philips Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands in the field of Music Perception and Music Information Retrieval. Since 2004 he produced several electronic audio and video pieces, performed mainly in France, Netherlands, and Italy. His pieces can be found on his website.

Flavio Zanuttini graduated in flugelhorn and trumpet at the Conservatory Tartini, Trieste, with Glauco Venier, Klaus Gesing, Stefano Bellon and Marcello Tonolo, and continued his studies with Kyle Gregory. His interests are improvised music and free jazz, traditional music of central europe and the practice of lead trumpet which he's experimenting in various bands and big bands.




Ephémère #2 - 11th November 2010

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Malgorzata Haduch and Ab Baars

The members of Unfinished Company are working independently. They develop their own projects separately but meet regularly under the umbrella of Unfinished Company. The company was established in 2006 from the initiative of Malgorzata Haduch. The group is realizing improvised performances, where music and dance co-exist as one artistic form. There is no division for ‘sound and movement’, yet it is about creating emotional states and vibrations that transform the space. The key-words for musicians and dancers are: sharpening the intuition, transforming the energies, opening up the senses, surrendering to the ‘unknown’ and manifestation of the life experience through emotional, physical and mental states.

Dutch musician-composer and bandleader Ab Baars performs on tenor saxophone, clarinet and shakuhachi. He focuses mainly on the Ab Baars Trio, Duo Baars-Henneman and the ICP Orchestra. In reviews Baars’ music has been characterized as joyfully obstinate, but surely appealing and as colourful as it is astonishing. It embodies the best typically Dutch improvised music has to offer. Although he seldomly uses recognizable song forms or ongoing swing rhythms, the music stays catchy, because it is stripped to the essence and clearly presented.

Robert Blatt, Maya Verlaak, David Poknee

Robert Blatt, David Pocknee and Maya Verlaak will perform music written by Robert for acoustic and electric guitars. Over the last few years he has been experimenting with a variety of different approaches to the instrument, including various tuning systems, preparations, and its use with live electronics.

Steindor Kristinsson

Steindor Kristinsson‘s project is a part of a laptop performance where his recent tape pieces composed 2009 2010 get a realtime treatment.




Ephémère #1 - 14th October 2010

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Film « We Don’t Care About Music Anyway » by Cedric Dupire (2009), dutch premiere.

From radical turntablism (Otomo Yoshihide) to laptop music innovation (Numb), via classical instrument hijacking (Sakamoto Hiromichi), Tokyo’s avant-garde music scene is internationally known for its boldness. While introducing some of the greatest musicians of this scene, « We Don’t Care About Music Anyway… » offers a kaleidoscopic view of Tokyo, confronting music and noise, sound and image, reality and representation, documentary and fiction.

Mey Yi Lee

(percussions) will play pieces by Iannis Xenakis, Piet-Jan van Rossem and Hugo Morales Murguia.

Electro Acoustic Improvisation

with Marie Guilleray (voice), Gabriel Paiuk (piano), Yamila Rios (cello) and Yannis Tsirikogou (eletcronics).



Jams Season 2009-2010

Jams was a music series dedicated to improvised music that I curated in 2009 and 2010. It took place in the DCR building in The Hague once a month. A lot of talented musicians from all over the world played at Jams and it has been a great pleasure to make this happen.


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