Ephémère June 2016

poster ephemere june

Ziv Taubenfeld / Germaine Sijstermans / Ilya Ziblat – Free improvisation (two bass clarinets and a contrabass)

Low frequencies, wooden bodies, fingers, lips, a bow

Ziv Taubenfeld, born in Israel 1986, is a bass clarinet player and composer currently living in Amsterdam. Ziv’s current projects are BONES (a trio that performs his compositions), PLOTS and KUHN FU as well as collaborations with many improvisers from around the globe.

Germaine Sijstermans is a (bass) clarinetist with a passion for contemporary, experimental music. She has spent the last decade working with composers, developing new works. Theatrical elements, use of space (figuratively and literally) and improvisation often play an important role in her performances.

Ilya Ziblat (1975) is a composer and a performer (bass). He often works also with electronics. His current interest is how musical freedom can be expressed by- and triggered through- composed structures. Beside collaborating with other musicians, he also worked with dance and visuals.

FLUID MOSAIC || Plastic Landscape

FLUID MOSAIC || Plastic Landscape is an installation performance exploring the interactivity of body, sound, and plastic material. The starting point of this project is to investigate the phenomenological presence of sensory perception and the direct relationship of the environment we live in. In this mutual interactive process we look, listen and observe the organic life of plastic and through mutual influence emerges a transformative quality where body becomes material and vice versa.

Jihae Ko is a dancer, choreographer and bodywork therapist based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theater (Modern dance), SNDO (performance studies and choreography) and Shenzou open university (Acupuncture therapy). While collaborating with numerous choreographers, visual artists and theater makers in Canada, Europe and South Korea, she is committed to bridging art practice and therapy as a path where creativity and inter-personal growth meet. www.jihaeko.com

Kay Patru is a dance and movement improvisation teacher, choreographer, certified body work therapist based in Amsterdam. His work focuses primarily on developing improvisation and somatic awareness tools designed to awaken the innate intelligence of the body. His choreographic projects focus on designing the sensory experience of the body in relationship to (un)natural environments. He teaches regularly movement research and somatic awareness classes in Europe and South Korea. Kay Patru recently started researching and leading workshops around the impact of nature on the perception of the body.  www.kaypatru.net

Semay Wu – live performance

Semay Wu is a cellist and composer, living in the Hague, and currently in the second year Sonology Masters “Instruments and Interfaces”. She has been researching the articulation of gesture, the space it holds and the intentionality that drives it. She is also interested in the social aspects of improvisation, in how we place ourselves in the space. This evening she will present some of the ideas from her work-in-progress, which will be shown in full on the evening of June 27th, Institute of Sonology. 

Bjarni Gunnarsson – Solo set celebrating the release of the album ‘Paths’  released by Granny Records in May 2016.

Paths consists of five compositions forming a totality of 53 minutes. The music is derived from three multichannel pieces premiered at the Tectonics festival in Reykjavík (2014), the Ephémère series in The Hague (2014) and Présences électronique festival in Paris (2015). These have been further reduced, combined and rearranged resulting in the five compositions found on the album.

We may think of music as navigating between different moments of continuous change. One chooses a starting point and from there tries to reach other positions. The way a contact between these occurs is however always different and depends on the engagement with previous points of encounter. Even very static situations create perceptual illusions of development, producing prolonged and continuous experience. It could be how things change that creates the feeling of time. Perhaps all development is a matter of process, of activity, of change. We have difficulties apprehending what we are but little difficulty experiencing what we do. This behaviour based view is an important aspect of the album that explores previously experienced musical situations, different points of contact, paths through musical material.

Bjarni Gunnarsson is an Icelandic Composer / Sound artist. Released numerous LP´s, EP´s, compilation tracks and reworks on labels like Vertical Form, Thule, Uni:form, Spezial Material, Trachanik, Lamadameaveclechien, Shipwrec and 3LEAVES. Collections of his solo works can be found on the CD “Safn 2006-2009”, released by the Belgium label LMALC in 2010,”Processes & Potentials” released by 3LEAVES in 2013 and “Paths” released by Granny Records in 2016.

Faculty member at the Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory in The Hague and currently teacher of algorithmic composition and computer music. Studied composition with Gerard Pape, Trevor Wishart, Agostino Di Scipio and Curtis Roads at the CCMIX music center in Paris. Holds a masters degree from Sonology supervised by Paul Berg, Kees Tazelaar and Richard Barrett.

Currently working with algorithmic composition, generative environments, compositions and live electronics. Also working on new material with his long-lasting electronic music duo Einóma, and for MGBG, a duo of voice and electronics with Marie Guilleray.