BE NOW HERE: FUSI / HUANG / ROUGER
THE WHITE HOTEL, 20/02, 19:30 doors, 20:00 start
Oliver Thurley - Etude for violin, viola & piano (World Premiere)
Pauline Oliveros - Sonic Meditation #1: Teach Yourself to Fly (1971)
David Helbich - NO MUSIC - earpieces (2009-)
Andy Ingamells - Petting Zoo (2019, 2nd performance)
Aviva Endean - song invitation: Lullaby (2019)
Stars of the European experimental music and performance scene Marco Fusi, Winnie Huang and Gwen Rouger present a programme exploring extreme delicacy and fragility, physical interference, personal memories, deep listening, the sounds in our heads and social encounters / group behaviours.
Deep listening and electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros creates a deep transcendental state with her Sonic Meditations #1: Teach Yourself to Fly (1971), exploring relationships between attention and awareness, between mind and body; encouraging discovery, growth and a heightened awareness of nuance and environmental factors in a fascinating social, improvisational situation.
David Helbich has been growing his collection of compositions for ears, NO-MUSIC: earpieces since 2009, approaching listening as a performative act. These events triggers musical experience without being actually music. Offering notated situations of organised listening and simple ear manipulations, there exists no sound production, but still a musical progression - introduction, development, finale. Still, no music.
Inspired by THAT classic scene from the 1990 movie Ghost, the online parody culture surrounding it, and his original responding piece Having Never Seen (a) Ghost (see below, left), Andy Ingamells presents Petting Zoo, formed in collaboration with London ensemble Apartment House in late 2019. For its second outing, Andy teams up with our trio to see what happens when the performers, playing looped material meet audience members encouraged to get physically intimate with them - caressing, petting, and scratching their hands as if performing these actions on a cute little pet dog, observing how even the most minimal of physical interference can cause extreme changes in resulting sounds, and exploring feelings regarding physical contact between strangers presented to an audience.
Aviva Endean invites us to engage with some of our earliest childhood memories with Lullaby Piece (2019). Musicians improvise as an accompaniment to create space for audience's memories, with video instructions encouraging the sharing and singing of lullabies and children's song, freely at each person's discretion, with musicians gradually applying more and more influence from these materials as the performance plays out.