Picture: Railroad Concrète by Peter Wohlfart
Picture: Railroad Concrète by Peter Wohlfart

biegungen w/ Charo Calvo & Railroad Concrète at ausland / Saturday, 12.11.2022

Charo Calvo is a Spanish electro-acoustic composer, sound designer and teacher, living in Brussels. After having performed as a dancer with the influential Belgian dance company Ultima Vez, she started her studies on electro-acoustic composition in 1992 with Annette Vande Gorne at Brussels Conservatory (now ARTS2 Mons), where she graduated in 1999. From 1992 her work as composer is being developed through different media, widely diffused on international venues and festivals, dance performances, theatre, film and radio.

Charo Calvo has been a guest of the residential program for international artists in Berlin DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm during the year 2017/2018. In the last 15 years, Charo Calvo composed several pieces of music for contemporary dance starting the composition before the rehearsals, and therefore before she saw any movement. The title and a few texts were enough to start building a sound universe. It was an intuitive system. But after some good experiences of working in this way, she started to work almost independently of each other, she realized that it allows choreographers to travel with sound. She believes in the imagination and in the perception skills of us human, and in the power of sound to trigger mental images. In a concert situation, let’s listen to the sounds dancing.

Formed in 2017, the duo Railroad Concrète consists of Heidrun Schramm and JD Zazie aka Valeria Merlini and is based on actual train sounds that the artists take from their personal archive of field recordings. Fascinated by these sounds that accompany their daily life, the duo plays with train noises, inner resonances, sonic landmarks, signals, social sounds and train station’s acoustic qualities. Railroad Concrète constantly develops their collected sonic materials in its compositions and sound installations, where sound sources move between concreteness and abstraction and are in perfect symbiosis. The project has been presented in Belgium, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic. Railroad Concrète has been part of the Q-O2 art-residency program in 2018 in Brussels.

biegungen im ausland w/ Charo Calvo & Railroad Concrète

Charo Calvo – electroacoustic composition + live electronics
Railroad Concrète: JD Zazie – CD players, mix; Heidrun Schramm – computer, MIDI controller, cassette player

12.11.2022 | Doors 20:30 | Starts 21:00 CET
ausland | Lychener Strasse 60 in 10437 Berlin

ausland-berlin.de | Tickets (box office only): 9 €

Supported by the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. Presented by Digital in Berlin.
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