Wednesday 19 February 2020, 7.30pm
Zarasai is a small town in North-Eastern Lithuania, surrounded by many lakes and rivers. It is also a duo consisting of British/Lithuanian cellist, composer and improviser Anton Lukoszevieze and Lithuanian sound artist Arturas Bumšteinas. In the Zarasai duo Anton plays prepared cello and a Lithuanian folk instrument called the kanklės, Arturas plays manipulated tape loops of the kanklės. Together they construct and channel lost recordings of Lithuanian experimental music from the 60’s and 70’s.
Zarasai plays live rarely, this is their UK debut.
Arturas Bumšteinas (b.1982, Vilnius) is an artist working within the intersections of sound, music and art. His practices include performative sound art, radio art, exhibitions, experimental acoustic and electronic music. http://www.refusenik.org/
Anton Lukoszevieze (b.1965) is a cellist, composer, inter-disciplinary artist and the founder and director of Apartment House. He has performed with a multitude of international performers and composers. www.antonlukoszevieze.co.uk
COVER ME CAGE : electronic arrangements of selected works by John Cage originally written for prepared piano.
Most of these pieces were written to accompany dance, pragmatically using only a piano stuffed with objects between the strings (screws, bamboo, plastic, leather, etc), to create a versatile broad palette of exotic percussive sounds.
In the same spirit, these 'covers' are re-creations using 'prepared electronics'. Using common technology (a MIDI keyboard and a computer), I perform the same notes written by Cage, substituting the prepared piano sound (carefully or recklessly) with sampled sounds from the electronic/recorded world.
Kerry Yong is a performer, composer and arranger based in east London. He trained as a pianist and now also performs on keyboards and electronics. His piano repertoire includes unusual classical repertoire (such as the Alkan’s arrangement of Mozart’s D minor Concerto K 466 for solo piano), Messiaen’s complete Catalogue d’oiseaux, new compositions, and his own project Cover Me Cage: electronic arrangements of various prepared piano works by John Cage.