The second, star-studded concert in Kontraklang’s 2018 concert series thematizes large music-theoretical questions: How can music illustrate something spoken? How is the interaction between music and bodily movement? To what extent can speaking itself be musical?
Singer and speech artist David Moss will open the concert with two pieces that explore the area between music and storytelling. In addition to his ever-evolving solo work, his set will include a new work by Christopher Williams that restages Moss’ inimitable performance style in the context of a chorus of singing avatars. In the second half of the concert, composer Matthew Shlomowitz, violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, and choreographer Shila Anaraki work intensively but humorously with the translation of sound into movement and vice versa. With “Lecture about sad music and happy dance” they offer a hybrid performance-lecture
“Lecture about sad music and happy dance” is a tongue-in-cheek work between a formal talk and a musical performance that explores emotionality and communication in dance and music. Violinist Aisha Orazbayeva and dancer Shila Anaraki playfully navigate connections between music, dance, cultural studies, psychology, and aesthetic theory. In the lecture sections they change focus and perspective, in their performance sections they alternate between duo and solo formats, now and then analyzing their expression and the effects of the performance.
Since 1975 singer, percussionist, performer, and composer David Moss has performed worldwide in an array of different contexts. Best known as a vocalist, Moss has worked with countless international artists, ensembles, and orchestras. In 2008, for example, he performed under the baton of Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic in a production of Heiner Goebbels’ Surrogate Cities. In VoxGlyph, a piece form 2017, he searches for connections between codes and noises in the information age. With the help of found sounds, electronics, and text fragments from Wittgenstein, Cage, and Calvino, the composer pursues a vision of speech that goes beyond interpersonal communication.
Kontraklang w/ KONTRAKLANG presents The Talking Concert presents David Moss and Aisha Orazbayeva & Shila Anaraki LIVE
Thursday, 8th March 2018 | 20:00
Heimathafen Neukölln | Karl-Marx-Straße 141 | 12043 Berlin-Neukölln