Michael Vorfeld — Richard Scott — Frank Gratkowski / Andy Hafner — Izumi Yamamoto / Kazehito Seki / Brad Nathanson
Doors: 19.30 | Start: 20:00
— Michael Vorfeld — Richard Scott — Frank Gratkowski
This post-Echtzeit trio express much of what is interesting and refreshing about the current Berlin scene, which is so very different from just a few years ago. Nothing is forbidden; passages of noisy spectral beauty, free jazz, agitated textures of contemporary composition, moments of “Echtzeitmusik” stillness and “English” free improvisation flow seamlessly and without contradiction. The music is open and truly improvised, perpetually able to change direction without obvious rules or adherence to any idiom.
Michael Vorfeld — percussion
Michael is a musician and visual artist based in Berlin who plays percussion and self-designed string instruments and realises electro-acoustic sound pieces. He works in the field of experimental, improvised music and sound art. He realizes installations and performances with light and sound, photography and film. Besides his solo activities he is a member of various ensembles and collaborates with artists who work in many different art forms. His list of activities includes numerous concerts, performances and exhibitions in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.
Richard Scott — modular synthesizer
Richard is a free improvising musician and electroacoustic composer working with electronics including modular synthesizers and controllers such as the Buchla Thunder and Lightning and his own self-designed WiGi infrared controller developed at STEIM. He has been composing and performing for over 25 years, recently working with Evan Parker, Jon Rose, Richard Barrett, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Shelley Hirsch, Ute Wassermann, Michael Vorfeld, Frank Gratkowski and his own Lightning Ensemble. He studied free improvisation in the 1980s with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent.
Frank Gratkowski — contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, alto saxophone
Frank has worked as a soloist in various international formations (Grubenklang Orchester, Apartment House, Musikfabrik NRW, BikBentBraam, Zeitkratzer, WDR Orchestra, WDR Big band, Münchener Kammerorchester etc). Since 1990 he has been giving solo performances throughout Europe, Canada and the USA. With his first solo programme, “Artikulationen”, he was a 1991 prizewinner in the Musik Kreativ contest. Since 1992 he has been working in a duo with the pianist Georg Graewe, which is often extended through the participation of different additional musicians, such as drummer Paul Lovens and bassist John Lindberg. His discography counts more than 30 CDs under his own name and many others as sideman.
— Andy Hafner, drums
Izumi Yamamoto, keys / electronics
Andy Hafner is a drummer & electronic musician from Cologne, Germany. Izumi Yamamoto is a Berlin based half japanese/german musician who explores themes related to subimprovisation, live — sequencing and composing with different approaches.
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— Kazehito Seki
amplified voice artist, noise musician, voice trainer, etc. His latest solo project called Self Toxication, explores possibilities of extended voice techniques and their amplification through feedback and re-amplification processes. He has toured Europe extensively, Japan, Southeast Asia, USA with Self Toxication, as well as the sweat core duo project, BNSU, and collaborations with numerous other artists, performers and musicians. Some of his past stages are listed as below: TOPH X TUSK FRINGE (2018 / Newcastle), allEars (2018 / Oslo), Ende Tymes (2017 / NYC), MultiDOM (2016~ / Over Europe), ART MEETING (2016, 14 / Fukushima), FRIV Festival (2016 / Poznań), MultiMadeira (2015 / Madeira), (LUFF Lausanne Underground Film&Music Festival 2016, 15 / Lausanne), etc.
Various releases of his projects can be found via Oxen Records, DBY Records, Larch Records, Brain Pussyfication, OOOSOUND, etc.
— Brad Nathanson
Brad Nath is working between architectural design and sound art to develop techniques of space-making which are sensitive to the vibrations that occur at audible frequencies. From the scale of the brick to the scale of the building, his work takes the form of material research, performance, installation, and built environments.
His practice, referred to as Acoustectonics, emerges from an interest to expand upon the built environment's temporal vocabulary by creating sound structures that mediate their state of being into sonic experiences. As architectural elements are designed to be sonified by their users, the climate, and one another, the architect can be understood as a composer of not just space, but also of sound as the built environment begins to express previously unheard ontological capacities.
Brad is based in Berlin and is designing a sonically-sensitive home in Central New York as well as a sound playground in Ventspils, Latvia with Mailitis Architects.