A. Chen/ M. Vorfeld + Silvia Tarozzi + Jane Rigler
Michael Vorfeld – percussion, selfbuilt string instruments
Audrey Chen – cello, voice
Silvia Tarozzi – violin
Pascale Criton: Circle Process
Éliane Radigue: Occam II
Cassandra Miller: Serenata (World Premiere)
Jane Rigler – flute
Kindly supported by Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin
Doors: 8.30 pm
Concert start: 9.00 pm
In this concert, percussionist Michael Vorfeld and vocalist and cellist Audrey Chen are musically meeting on stage for the the first time; regarding their particular backgrounds and ways of performing, their improvisations promise a very intense music. Audrey Chen is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic. Michael Vorfeld plays percussion and self designed stringed instruments and realises electro-acoustic sound pieces. He works in the field of experimental, improvised music and sound art. Besides solo activities he is a member of different groups and collaborates with artists of different art forms.
In Circle Process Pascale Criton and Silvia Tarozzi started from a hyper-chromatic violin tuned in sixteenth-tones and few lines drawn on a piece of paper with a multi-coloured pencil. A dialogue of sounds, colours and words gave shape to the music, through an approach that is, at the same time, analytical and imaginative – intuitive. It became clear that the heart of Circle Process was in the process itself, in preserving the truth and fragility of a state of mind without prejudice or delays, in letting oneself be guided by a gesture along a path marked by iridescent hues.
For Occam II the spoken word suggests a guiding image and draws a path, the sound of Éliane Radigue’s voice calls and answers to the sound of the instrument. The music exists in time, which is necessary to the creation: the time spent together during numerous work sessions and the time of personal growth, of sound discovery and exploration. Éliane Radigue composes through listening, and this becomes an integral part of her music.
Serenata by Cassandra Miller is a piece for violin and voice (performed live) that is based on the listening notes on an italian song that is actually never sung or played in the performance, but described with spoken voice and sounds of violin.
Flutist, composer, and improviser Jane Rigler creates pieces that play with hidden languages, recall ancestral songs, incorporate playful game techniques and ask the performers to imagine and improvise. In this concert Jane will perform original works such as the calling (2013), which connects her concern for people, languages, environmental awareness, animals and nature using sounds she collects during her travels. She will also re-perform various pieces from her album, Rarefactions (Neuma, 2015) that juxtaposes dense, breathtaking agility on the instrument with subtle, intimate, practically inaudible resonances as they travel through the flute tube.