We’re very happy to add another member to the Cohort family, welcome Two Envelopes!
Formed in 2015 by harpsichordist Lisa Kokwenda Schweiger and percussionist Jacob Vanneste, Two Envelopes fuses adventurous combinations of theatrical elements and electronics, whilst retaining a classical core. Within their first year the duo was selected as ‘International Young Artist’ by Musica, Antwerp, where they performed their own creation, ‘Alamento’.
Two Envelopes’ repertoire consists of new music commissioned by the duo, pieces of musical theatre (for example G. Aperghis), as well as the few pieces written in the 80s and 90s for this rare combination of harpsichord and percussion. To widen the available repertoire, Two Envelopes worked with flemish composers Julia Emmery and Michaël Denis in 2016 whilst in residence at Q-02, Brussels; since then the desire to extend the project has grown.
As part of this desire, the duo’s latest initiative includes commissioning pieces from 6 international composers, which will be premiered during 2018-2019. This innovative repertoire will be developed further through several residencies and performances at Les Ateliers Claus, Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk and Beeldenstorm, Anderlecht.
The Ars Musica festival is currently taking place in Brussels from 9/11 to 2/12. Two of the Cohort ensembles are featured: Besides and Zwerm!
Besides – Couture Sonore, Botanique, 10/11
Zwerm – Badminton in Tehran, Brigitines, 17/11
The annual Transit festival is upon is this weekend! Let’s all head to Leuven and enjoy some wonderful new music events! Tiptoe and Nadar will be present on saturday 13/10 to create these brand new programs:
Tiptoe – Hacking The Piano
13/10 at 14:00, STUK
In ‘Hacking the piano’ the string instruments of Tiptoe Company & ChampdAction are confronted with the piano as a sound object. The performers engage in dialogue with ‘piano hackers’: artists/composers who each have an original relationship to the keyboard instrument. They still use the piano, but have rebuilt the instrument in accordance with their own creative needs (Tim Mariën). At the same time, tools such as sound amplification and ‘live electronica’ are used (Patricia Alessandrini). A ‘virtual instrument’ is created alongside the physical instruments and performers.
‘Hacking the Piano’ is part of ChampdAction’s focus on innovation, interdisciplinarity and technology. For this, the production house for contemporary music is collaborating with in-house artists like the young players of Tiptoe Company.
Nadar – Rauschen
13/10 at 20:30, STUK
Tearing apart classical instruments to create an entire new motorised universe is the red thread through this installation concert with ‘In spite of, and maybe even therefore’ by Simon Steen-Andersen, ‘Pietà’ by Lisa Streich, ‘schwingende Systeme, B’ by Michael Maierhof and a new work for high voltage relays and ensemble by Alexander Chernyshkov.
This summer Nadar will have their fourth appearance at the Darmstadt Summercourse for New Music! For this edition Nadar will be focusing on the personal experience of music in their new project OurEars with performances on 23rd and 24th of july. The hosts from Darmstadt and their international Summer Course guests are invited to experience intimate listening situations in a shared apartment, an artist’s studio, a doctor’s house and an alternative cultural center. Four composers (Natasha Diels, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Cathy van Eck and Martin Schüttler) will be curating site-specific music for each of these spaces. On two of the performance days several performances will take place at the same time in the afternoons, each for just a few listeners.
In the evening all of the musicians and visitors will come together for a final concert held at Centralstation, where pieces by Stefan Prins, Joanna Bailie and Louis D’Heudières will address the transitions between urban and concert space, inside and outside, listening and seeing. Following the concert there will be an opportunity to talk about the various listening experiences over a drink and get to know the musicians on the Centralstation forecourt.
For more info, check the festival website!