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vorfeld/heenan & alan courtis

21 Feb 2007 - 21:30


Michael Vorfeld (Berlin) - drums and self designed stringed instruments
Chris Heenan (USA) - contrabassclarinet and alto sax


Alan Anla Courtis (Argentina) - guitar, electronics, tapes - plays music to argentine silent movies of the early 20th century

Das Duo Heenan / Vorfeld begann seine gemeinsame Arbeit im Mai 2005 in Stuttgart, wo Chris Heenan Stipendiat der Akademie Schloss Solitude war. Zurück von einer umfangreichen US Tour, bei der auch die neue CD Half Cloud, Half Plain vorgestellt wurde, ist dieses Duo nun in Berlin zu Gast.
In ihrer Musik entstehen komplex angelegte Klangwelten, voll filigraner Details und feinster Texturen. Immer wieder voller Überraschungen, entwickeln sich mikrokosmisch angelegte und extrem feingliedrige Hörfelder. Die Intensität der Klangfarben, die eigenwillige Instrumentierung, sowie die individuell entwickelten Spieltechniken verbinden sich in ihren Konzerten zu einem intensiven musikalischen Live-Ereignis.

Alan Courtis wird zu einem Stummfilmprogramm mit argentinischen Filmen spielen.
Hierzu ein paar Infos in englisch:
"This film contains some of the the earliest images produced by Argentinian cinematography. It compiles several short scenes that were shooted in 35mm from 1900 to 1924, many of them by unknown filmakers. Most of this stuff has not been screened in public for many years and it has an important documental and filmic value. Originally this movies were exhibited along with live music. In this program the sound will come from a live music performance oriented to experimental drone and abstract noise.
The compilation includes the following short shootings: La Revolución de Mayo (1910) by Mario Gallo, El Ascenso del Globo Huracán, Festejos del Centenario de la Revolución (1910) -unknown-, La Pampa (1922) and Exposición de la Industria (1924) by Federico Valle, Vistas y Actualidades (1910-1916) produced by Max Glücksmann."

mehr Infos gibts hier:
Chris Heenan:
Michael Vorfeld:
Alan Anla Courtis:


Chris Heenan lives in Los Angeles and plays alto saxophone, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet and analog synthesizer. In 2004 he founded REIFY, a record label specializing in experimental and improvised music.
He has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally in Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden in concerts and on festivals
Some current projects include Phantom Limb & Bison with electronicist Jaime Fennelly, guitarist Chris Forsyth and Shawn Hansen on EMS Synthi & radio feedback; Team Up, a trio with guitarist Jeremy Drake and a revolving third member percussionist, and a duo with Chris Forsyth.
In 2005/6 he has been a fellow-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.
Michael Vorfeld,
musician and visual artist, based in Berlin, plays percussion and self designed stringed instruments and realizes electro- acoustic sound pieces.
He works in the field of improvised music, experimental music and sound art and is often involved in site-specific art projects.
His visual work concentrates mainly on the use of light. He realizes light installations and performances with light, but also works with photography and film.
Besides his solo activities he is a member of various ensembles and collaborates with artists from different art forms.
His list of activities includes numerous concerts, performances and exhibitions in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia.
Alan Courtis (a.k.a. Anla Courtis, Anla Courtis etc.) was born in 1972 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a founder member of Reynols, group with more than 100 releases on labels from USA, Europe, Japan & NZ, including conceptual projects like: "10.000 Chicken Symphony", "Blank Tapes", "Whistling Kettle Quartet". He has also released many solo releases and collaborations in labels like: Tonschacht (Germany), Antifrost (Greece), RRR (USA), Celebrate Psi Phenomenon (New Zealand), 267 Lattajjaa (Finland), Monopolka (Russia), Jewelled Antler (USA), Riot Season (UK), Kingdisk (Sweden), Freedom From (USA), Prele (France), Matching Head (UK), Komkol Autoprod (Norway), Slottet (Sweden), Nexsound (Ukrania), Ikuisuus (Finland), Sedimental and Pogus (USA), etc. He has toured extensively in Japan, Europe, USA & South America and also collaborated with musicians like: Pauline Oliveros, Lee Ranaldo, The Nihilist Spasm Band, Damo Suzuki, Eddie Prévost (AMM), Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), Sir Rick Bishop (Sun City Girls) , RLW, Yoshimi P-Wee (Boredoms), Masonna, Mats Gustafsson, Toshimaru Nakamura , Solid Eye (L.A.F.M.S.), Thomas Dimuzio, Rudolf Eb.Er (Rünzelstirn & Gurgelstock), Mattin, Kouhei Matsunaga, KK Null, MSBR, The Moglass, Armpit, Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms), Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins), Tabata (Zeni Geva), Tetuzi Akiyama, Lasse Marhaug, Ashtray Navigations, Culver, Michael Snow, Uton, Birchville Cat Motel, The Moglass, Dan Warburton, Andrey Kiritchenko, Stylluppsteypa and memebers of Avarus, Anaksimandros & Kemialliset Ystä