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Biegungen w/ SONIC VIGILETTE: Half an’ Half at Ausland / Friday, 26.02.2016

biegungen im ausland features musicians exploring improvised and experimental music. The long going series has a particular, but not exclusive, focus on Berlin’s Echzeitmusik community.
It is reflecting different styles of contemporary music and is keen on artists who have developed a unique vocabulary by sharing music, ideas and approaches to sound through ongoing international exchanges and collaborations. In the spirit of Echzeitmusik, biegungen im ausland is not interested in further categorization and branding, but would like to promote a lively dialogue, which enables to inspire, reflect and take position. Therefore, it has the motto: outlandish sounds for outspoken ears !

Every year since 2006, Cork has played host to Ireland’s most significant free improvisation event. SONIC VIGIL brings together outstanding improvisers, sound artists and field recordists from Ireland and abroad in a multi-hour celebration of cutting-edge, radical sonic experimentation. 18 remarkable musicians are placed into a randomly-generated timetable, producing instant, unknowable and unexpected interactions: sounds of kaleidoscope beauty, teetering on a tantalising abyss of risk make for an immersive, mesmerising and ever-evolving experience. As we enter our 10 year celebration we are delighted to present Sonic Vigilette @ausland with six of its members and joined by two extraordinary local Berlin artists.

Half an’ Half – features half of everything! This unique sextet contains: 3 female and 3 male artists, 3 musicians and 3 visual artists and half man-made and half found sound sources – which is obviously now 4 + 4 with guest musicians Rishin Singh and Cathy Milliken!
The Quiet Club (Danny Mc Carthy + Mick O’ Shea), Karen Power, Irene Murphy, Katie O’ Looney + John Godfrey are teaming up to form a unique improvising sextet, which combines the renowned ‘found and home-made instruments’ of Quiet Club, the shimmering sonic textures of digital guitarist, improvisor and composer John Godfrey (Crash Ensemble, QME), sonic sculptures of Irene Murphy,  the quietest full percussive setup you’ve ever heard and the real and imaginary soundscapes of Ireland and abroad, manipulated and transformed live by composer/laptop artist Karen Power. Audiences will be encouraged to meander through a diverse range of sounds as they walk around the performers, investigating the sources of these sounds and how they are combined live to unveil this unique and immersive soundscape.

This sextet emerges from an increasingly vibrant Cork-based scene, in which the growth of audiences can be attributed to innovative, inclusive and accessible programming. This sextet is unique in its equal paring of visual with sonic, which results in new and diverse avenues of exploration at every performance. People are intrigued by the visual aspect of performances, which encourage physical connections between unusual sounds and their sources. For example, Quiet Club use a variety of home-made instruments using found materials, which everyone can access. This hands-on approach to music- making enables realtime associations with everyday objects and a chance for us all to consider ourselves as root creative beings, which this tour aims to highlight further by targeting smaller community based venues with alternative/moveable seating. Our aim is to broaden awareness of an art-form, which embraces openness and creativity in many shapes, and to invite audiences to become part of a collective music-making experience.


Friday, 26 Feb 2016 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin


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