Under the title Physical Sounds, KONTRAKLANG has invited composer Amir Shpilman and keyboard wizard Zubin Kanga to present a program dedicated to the question of performativity and physicality in contemporary music, approaching the topic from different directions.
Amir Shpilman’s compositions often feature a strongly pronounced aspect of corporeality, regardless of wether they are large-scale orchestral works in which he makes collective states the subject or whether they are miniatures whose themes revolve around bodily rhythms and emotions. His series of works Situation Objects is exemplary for his connection to the field. At KONTRAKLANG, in addition to the world premiere of Situation Object 4, in which Shpilman can be experienced for the first time ever as a composer-performer two other pieces of the series will be performed, dealing with birth and physical attraction.
Pianist and composer Zubin Kanga has compiled a series of works from his repertoire that start at the interface of the mediality of instruments and various technical extensions used on the one hand, and the physical presence and capabilities of the perfomer’s body on the other. In the work you touched the twinkle on the helix of my ear (2018) by the British composer Claudia Molitor, for example, film recordings of the composer’s hand as she notates the piece become a mysterious dance of mutual influence with the music itself.
Kontraklang: Physical Sounds w/ Amir Shpilman, Zubin Kanga, Claudia Molitor, Alexander Schubert und Simon Steen-Andersen
2.12.2021 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Villa Elisabeth | Invalidenstraße 4 | 10115 Berlin
Tickets: 15 / 12 Euro. Online presale only. No box office.