The composer-performer ensemble Les Femmes Savantes will grace the Studiobühne of the Ballhaus Ost in a hybrid of concert, performance and installation. In their new collective composition “Highway Identification System” the five musicians network with their respective instruments via individual microphones, mini speakers, computers, sound objects and through a loudspeaker sculpture.
Les Femmes Savantes was founded in 2005 as an interdisciplinary composer-performer ensemble by five Berlin-based female composers/musicians from Germany, Argentina, and Sweden. Years of collaboration have enabled Les Femmes Savantes to create a specific acoustic identity that exceeds the mere sum of its individual aesthetic languages: The compositions/performances/installations are developed and performed through tight-knit collaboration. Each participant alternately assumes the role of composer, collaborator, interpreter, or director. This shifting distribution of roles results in the development of concert/performance programs in which individual as well as collective works are presented.
The multi- layered sounds of Les Femmes Savantes are connected in series, lying on different planes one above the other, condensing to form a strand, crossing like many lanes of motorways. Reciprocal transformation processes arise in which the individual authorship of the composers, on a technical as well as aesthetic level, dissolves in favor of a multiple process. A key element in the different compositions of the ensemble – which are based on intensive sound research in the interplay of sounds and melodies, acoustic and electronic sounds, high and low tech – is electronic amplification.
The musical spectrum ranges from New Music, Echtzeitmusik and jazz to electronic music and sound art. A wide variety of media are incorporated into Les Femmes Savantes’s compositions: the performer’s body becomes the instrument, public space becomes stage, the computer intervenes in the event compositionally, videos become fellow players.
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Les Femmes Savantes
Saturday, 5 December 2015 | 20:00 CET
Ballhaus Ost | Pappelallee 15 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg