Tuesday 6 November 2018, 7.30pm
Fresh Klang: Nemanja Radivojevic, New Work, 2018 (world premiere, commissioned by Kammer Klang)
Alvin Lucier, Silver street car for an orchestra, 1988
Rebecca Glover, New Work, 2018 (world premiere, co-commissioned by Contrechamps & Kammer Klang)
Rebecca Glover & Abstruckt Ensemble
Elaine Mitchener, voice
Born and raised in East London of Jamaican heritage Elaine Mitchener is a contemporary vocalist, movement artist and composer, who encompasses improvisation, contemporary/experimental music theatre and dance. She has worked and collaborated with numerous leading artists including Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother), Mark Padmore, George E. Lewis, The Otolith Group, Sonia Boyce, Tansy Davies, Hamid Drake, Van Huynh Company, Apartment House, David Toop, London Sinfonietta, Steve Beresford, Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, Ensemble Manufaktur für aktuelle Musik, William Parker, Alexander Hawkins. She is founder of collective electroacoustic trio The Rolling Calf with saxophonist Jason Yarde and bassist Neil Charles.
“Elaine Mitchener has ACHIEVED A MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGE ; She has created a dauntingly vivid theatrical evocation of deep and prolonged collective pain in such a way as to bring out OUR emotional empathy fundamental to communication. She has not aimed for ‘beautiful art’ but her unblinking honesty and the ultrasensitive resonance of her three musical companions, has parAdoxically created something of real, visceral beauty- art,in fact.” – Robert Wyatt THE WIRE
“SWEET TOOTH is a vital black British addition to those seminal creative statements of resistance and defiance from the African Diaspora.” (Kevin Le Genre, Jazzwise)
Formed in 2014, Abstruckt are one of the most exciting new percussion ensembles to come out of the UK. With a focus on theatrical performance, this ensemble reworks its repertoire to fit the space, creating an immersive experience for the audience.
As well as performing core works, such as Reich’s Mallet Quartet, Cage’s Living Room Music and Xenakis’ Okho, Abstruckt are passionate about pioneering new repertoire for percussion, and have premiered seven new works in the last year alone. Highlights of the ensemble’s performances in the UK have included the award-winning Multi-Story, BBC Radio 3 Open Ear, numerous Nonclassical events and composer collaborations with Listenpony & the 840 Series. (@Abstruckt)
Rebecca Glover (UK) is a multidisciplinary artist working across sound, foley, sculpture and performance. She has just completed a postgraduate in Sound Arts with EPAS in Ghent. Previous studies include Edinburgh College of Art (2009), Alt MFA (2013), St Oswald’s School of Painting (2006). Earlier this year she was research artist in residence at De Bijloke Muziekcentruum (Ghent) and Overtoon (Brussels) and previously at Florence Trust (London). Recent presentations of her work include KIOSK (Ghent), De Bijloke Muziekcentruum (Ghent), Live Sound and Foley for Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, Pump House Gallery (London), Gouvernement (Ghent), Florence Trust, Hewing Whittare Project Space, Diaspore Space, SHELF Wales, Deptford X (London), Radiophrenia at CCA (Glasgow), Project Radio (UK).
Alvin Lucier (born May 14, 1931) is an American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception. A long-time music professor at Wesleyan University, Lucier was a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, which included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma. Much of his work is influenced by science and explores the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media. (Wikipedia)
Nemanja Radivojević was born 1981 in Novi Sad, Serbia. After graduating in guitar at the Academy of the Arts in Novi Sad, he pursued his studies first in Geneva (MA in theory of music) and then in Bern where he obtained his MA in Composition with Xavier Dayer.
The sound world of Radivojevic’s music participates in a quasi-baroque formal construction, where the carnal pleasure is (re)discovered, and ideals of purity are rejected. Liberated from the fear of materiality and of the corporality, his music is engaged in playful artifice in which masks seem to be more truthful then the faces they hide.
Radivojević’s music has been presented at the festivals such as Lavaux Classic in Cully, Festival Archipel in Geneva, Lucerne Summer Festival, Opening Festival in Trier, Cluj Modern Festival, Belgrade International Review of Composers, Musikfestival in Bern, Les rencontres d’été in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.
His compositions have been performed by the Ensemble Proton Bern, MDI Ensemble, Contrechamps, Ensemble Recherche, Asko/Schönberg, Ensemble Interface, Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble, Matka, Hodiernis, AdHOC Ensemble, Ensemble Studio 6, Gradilište Ensemble, Oerknal, Boston New Music Initative, clarinetist Richard Haynes and guitarist Ruben Mattia Santorsa.
He is the author of music for ten theater pieces directed by his father Ratko Radivojević.
Taylor Le Melle is a curator and writer based in London. Taylor’s institutional experiences include David Roberts Art Foundation, Camden Arts Centre and a role as Assistant Curator, Public Programmes at Serpentine Galleries. There Taylor co-programmed the Galleries’ film, talks and performance series such as Park Nights 2017. Taylor has also organised shows at: McKenna Museum of Art (New Orleans), Chisenhale Dance Space, Arcadia Missa, and Assembly Point (all London). Taylor’s writing has been featured in: Art Monthly, Flash Art and Sophia Al Maria’s upcoming Sad Sack (Bookworks, 2018). With artist Imran Perretta, they have initiated not/nowhere, an artist workers’ cooperative focusing on film, audio and digital practices. With Rowan Powell (PhD Candidate, UC Santa Cruz), Taylor runs PSS, a publisher of printed matter whose upcoming projects include a publication edited by Rehana Zaman. Taylor is the 2018 Writer in Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts.
pssss.co // not-nowhere.org
photograph by Daniella Valz Gen