Numerous sub-genres characterise the contemporary concept of improvisation and it has long been impossible to reduce it to terms like “free jazz” or “improv”. The concert programme for the “Free Music Production/FMP: The Living Music” exhibition – 50 years after the label was founded – serves as a monument to this eclectic melting pot of genres. Drummer Steve Noble, who is regarded as one of the elder statesmen of British avant-garde jazz, has worked for a long time with Stephen O’Malley, who in turn is world-renowned as an innovative drone metal guitar virtuoso. As the St. Francis Duo, they present improvised drone fireworks for drums and e-guitar that are as meditative as they are explosive.
The Kiev duo Blook work in multimedia and combine video art with electronics, performative elements and songs. Here, too, a kind of transgression is manifested: Alexey Shmurak, who is actually a composer of classical music, has gradually developed to become a performer, a songwriter even – in order to explore new possibilities for flexible communication between author and audience, as he put it himself. The duo’s Nine Chapters programme refers to different themes and materials of the exhibition.
Alexey Shmurak, Oleg Shpudeiko – The Blook Project. Nine Chapters + St. Francis Duo
Tuesday, 1st May 2018 | Doors 19:30 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Akademie der Künste | Hanseatenweg 10 | 10557 Berlin