Mittwoch, 12. März 2014

Splitter Orchester @ MaerzMusik & Borealis

photo Steffi Weismann
Zweimal wird das Splitter Orchester im März seine Zusammenarbeit mit dem norwegischen Komponisten Øyvind Torvund (Constructing Jungle Books) sowie anschließend jeweils ein eigenes Set präsentieren (Splitters and Lumpers): am 17. März auf dem MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin (19 und 22 Uhr) und am 23. März auf dem Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norwegen (15 Uhr!)

Hier der offizielle Pressetext!  
What is nature, what is culture and what is the difference between the two? Composer Øyvind Torvund, a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2013, focuses on one of the most primal sound categories, exploring phrases and melodies of animal voices. During his stay in Berlin, Torvund worked with the 24 composer/performers of Berlin-based Splitter Orchester for his new work, “Constructing Jungle Books”. The work emerging from this close collaboration will have its world premiere at the Museum für Naturkunde as part of the MaerzMusik festival. For his composition, Torvund uses recordings from the comprehensive animal sounds archive at the Museum für Naturkunde as well as recordings from the everyday world surrounding us. Together with musicians from the Splitter Orchester, he explores the principle of imitation. On a trail through the Museum’s exhibition rooms, the concert visitors encounter sounds that play with the fascinating and bemusing dialectic of nature and culture.

In the second part of the evening’s programme, the Splitter Orchester presents a collective original composition with free improvisation at its base. Specifically developed during rehearsals, Splitter Orchester’s compositions are structured improvisations with compositional elements. In addition to modifications that evolve organically, surprising musical turns always take place that are collectively captured and further developed. The title of the “Splitters and Lumpers” composition is borrowed from classification schemes in the natural sciences and refers symbolically to the categorization, examination and (re)production of sounds and sound objects. The musical structure of “Splitters and Lumpers” allows the audience to hear how a large ensemble without a conductor seems effortlessly to succeed in bundling 23 different artistic positions into a complete organic sound, which, in turn, represents a sonic category that is difficult to define. The diversity of sounds to be heard would delight any musical taxonomist and keep him/her busy for a long time.

Splitter Orchester
Liz Allbee, trumpet
Boris Baltschun, computer, electronics
Burkhard Beins, percussion
Anthea Caddy, cello
Anat Cohavi, clarinet
Werner Dafeldecker, double bass, electronics
Mario de Vega, electronics
Axel Dörner, trumpet
Kai Fagaschinski, clarinet
Robin Hayward, tuba
Steve Heather, percussion, vibraphone
Chris Heenan, contrabass clarinet
Hilary Jeffery, trombone
Matthias Müller, trombone
Andrea Neuman, inside piano, mixer
Morten J. Olsen, percussion
Simon James Phillips, piano
Ignaz Schick, turntable, live electronics, objects
Michael Thieke, clarinet
Clayton Thomas, double bass
Sabine Vogel, flutes, electronics
Biliana Voutchkova, violin
Marta Zapparoli, electronics, analog electronics

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