Shackle spent a couple of days in early December in Belfast at The Sonic Arts Research Center in Belfast giving a Converging Objects workshop and performing with a group of smart, well-versed and diverse group of students. The famous Sonic Lab there is equipped with a plethora of speakers that are situated in every nook and cranny in the hall. We used only some of them but still enjoyed the sounds and music we made performing with the Shackle Affair system.
To Whom This Power was a concert conceived and produced by Robert van Heumen on 28 November in the Amsterdam Orgelpark.
Robert artfully gathered fellow musicians Jacob Lekkerkerker, Miriam Overlach and me together to play his music and a couple of other works. The whole concert was wrapped in text interludes by Sieger Baljon and directed by Nienke Rooijakkers. My contribution was a new piece called Dakota for the whole ensemble.
“The theme was how we slowly but surely are ruining the earth’s treasures. A concert about responsibility, guilt, the empowered and the powerless.”
It was an evening with lots of text, movement, lighting, sound and premieres. Time to take it on the road.
The Dutch Radio station VPRO has a show called Vrije Geluiden: Free, straightforward Sounds.
This week they featured the IMA interview and DVD series that was released this summer.
“She wanted to play the drums, learned the flute and invented a new instrument. Anne La Berge plays the flute like a synthie. An inspiring talk with the artist.”
Joe Williamson and I shared a concert in Splendor with Fish-Scale Sunrise which is Ab Baars on tenor sax, clarinet, shakuhachi and Kaja Draksler on piano and Joe on double bass. We played our piece The Hum that has our recorded voices narrating facts and impressions about the Hum that people hear in disparate parts of the world at any time of day or night.
It is always a pleasure to play with Joe. Piccolo and double bass are an unlikely but lovely match packed with sonic potential.
We will release an LP soon on Unsounds with this piece and 4º, another piece about time and place.
This international collection of flutists played concerts in Splendor Amsterdam on 17 September and for the Köln Musiknacht on 19 September. We added locals to play works by Mary Jane Leach and Alvin Curran and Ned McGowan that needed even more flutes!
Many thanks to Ned McGowan and Heather Roche who stepped in at the last minute to conduct the Volans and to Felicia van den End and Rob van Dord who dedicated time and professional prowess to the Splendor Dowlands Tears concert.
Shackle has had two sweaty and electrifying performances with the electro acoustic duo Maenner mit Motoren in the last few months. Both were at the Kunsthaus Rhenania in Köln, a buzzing building that houses visual and sonic artist workspaces.
The first was on May 12 at the end of a 2 day studio collaboration and the second was on 29 August as part of the Strom IV festival.
Sven Hahne has recently moved to Chili but his wizardly visual programming continues to partner with us!
Both performances were on incredibly hot days in Köln. The audiences sipped beer as we cavorted through musical playgrounds, sometimes spacious and sometimes raucous.
I was interviewed by Rebekah Wilson who also edited and contributed to the production of this portrait DVD issued by IMA. The project took a couple of years and we are very excited about the result!
The Heroines of Sound Festival was held at the Radial System in Berlin. Primarily German women composers that ranged from DJs to those who fully notate their compositions were featured. The Vienna based IMA presented their edition of interviews that are published on DVD. Since the latest DVD was on me, we played the last bits and I performed a work-in-progress version of Utter.
The high point for me was to hear the all the different performances and to rub elbows with women composer/performers that I’ve never met before.
Bruno Liberda and I played a concert together at Elektro Gönner in Vienna last Sunday.
“Musik für Gönner” by Bruno Liberda on analog synths
“Weg nach C“ by Bruno Liberda for flute and Kyma System
„Utter“ by me for flute, voice and Kyma System
It was a steamy 35 degrees! We offered virtuosic computer and flute acrobatics juxtaposed with just plain remarkable sounds. Music!
The series is run by the devoted and intelligent producers Hans-Jürgen Hauptmann and his partner Sophie.
I want to go back.