Transit Festival 2018

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.


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Nadar in Darmstadt

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!

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New Members!

Cohort is very happy to announce two dynamic new members among its pool of artists and ensembles: The Third Guy and Down The Rabbit Hole !

The Third Guy is a duo based in Brussels, Belgium, featuring Primož Sukič on guitar and Ruben Orio on percussion. Although the two musicians have already been playing together since 2014, when they first met at the post master-academy program offered by the ICTUS ensemble and the HoGent Conservatory, their official debut dates back to January 2017, which was a result of an artistic residency at QO-2; a concert venue based in Brussels, focusing on experimental and contemporary music.

Their musical, and artistic researchs based on composing works that explore, and blur boundaries between improvisation, programmed computer algorithms, and composition. The ensemble also focuses on collaborating with other musicians (composers, interpreters, improvisers), and artists from other artistic fields, among whom each of them bring in new personalities and aesthetics, that, for every performance, reshape, and sometimes even redefine the identity of the ensemble.

Since the beginning of their first concert in 2017 The Third Guy has premiered more that seven new works all together, composed by composers such as James Saunders, Marko Ciciliani, Caroline Profanter, Matej Bonin, Elina Lukijanova, and Mihael Maierhof. Their performances have taken place in SIRGA Festival (Flix, Catalunia), University of Southampton (UK), Champ d’action in Antwerp, SPOR Festival in Aarhus (Denmark), Ljubljana city museum (Slovenia), Miry concert Hall Ghent, iMAL Brussels.

Down the Rabbit Hole is a music collective founded in summer 2017 and co-directed by clarinetist Filipa Botelho (Portugal), percussionist Kaja Farszky (Croatia) and cellist Hanna Kölbel (Germany).

Hailing from throughout Europe, we are committed to the emerging scenes within contemporary music, identifying with the art of nerdy entertainment and thus pushing borders by building new dramaturgies for sound creations.

Identified as performers of contemporary music we naturally search for extended techniques: we are wild curators of our concert programmation and indulge into setting up a superb performance space. As a music collective, we love to challenge and support fascinating creative artists to follow their ideas. To make this juicy newness happen we play acoustic instrument, voice, touch, light… all to spark the senses of our young, old, big and small audiences.

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Spring News

2018 is already well on it’s way and spring is in the air! Also in the air are some very exciting premieres by Cohort members Zwerm and HYOID as well as new concerts by the Nadar ensemble.

Zwerm is currently working on a music theater project called Echo, their first co-creation with the Antwerp based theater group Post Uit Hessdalen. Together they go in search of the resonances, associations and memories that lie hidden in the places where Echo ended up. In line with their own preferences for image and sound, they reunite the two lovers Echo and Narcissus on stage. Music and video are presented live on stage, thus immersing the audience in an intriguing collection of earthly echoes. Premiere on march 14th in deSingel in Antwerp as part of the Klarafestival. Tickets are selling out rapidly, so be quick!

Also on march 14th as part of Klarafestival, HYOID contemporary voices will premiere the new production “Loopstation” by Ghent-based theater group Ontroerend Goed at Vooruit in Ghent. LOOPSTATION is a big-stage performance with live music, in which today is always a bit like yesterday but still different from tomorrow. Where growth is not an obligation but a natural consequence of the actions that give meaning to existence. Nothing is entirely new and yet anything is ever the same. Nine performers build a world on a rotating disk, a fascinating microcosm in which everything is connected and loops no obstacle to progress. Directed by Alexander Devriendt, music written by Joris Blanquaert and performed by HYOID contemporary voices. From 14 to 17 of march at Vooruit, Ghent and 27 to 28 at KVS, Brussels.

The Nadar ensemble will start their year with the slightly absurd though absolutely visceral new program Tomorrow You May Sing In Paradise, featuring works by  Jennifer Walshe, Jessie Marino, Natacha Diels, a.o. Performances are planned at Inspiratum in Wijnegem on February 21st and the festival Dag in de Branding in The Hague on March 10th. 
And also in March, the Nadar Ensemble will kick off its five-year residency at Concertgebouw Brugge with two concerts. First of is their new project Homejacking for which Nadar will branch out to five living rooms in Bruges for intimate concerts exploring what chamber music could mean in the 21st century. Later on in march Nadar will also present one of their evergreen programs: Döppelganger, with music by Stefan Prins, Michael Beil, Serge Verstockt and Simon Steen-Andersen. For info and tickets click here.


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