Zwerm is releasing a new album this week, get ready for “Badminton in Tehran”!
Badminton in Tehran started with the question: ‘what would happen if we would worked with grooves for a few months?’ After that, anything was allowed. We created an online space where each one of us could drop our personal demos, which could then be used freely by the others. Within a few months a primordial soup of beats and grooves and little snippets of text was created. And once we started the recording sessions with producer Rudy Trouvé this served as the raw material out of which 10 new songs were crafted. Badminton in Tehran is the first record in which all tracks are composed by Zwerm and it grooves like a Rube Goldberg-machine – DIY and slightly irregular.
Last month HYOID Contemporary Voices was touring their project “A History of the Voice” by Jennifer Walshe. They made stops in November Music, Den Bosch; Soundsofmusic Festival, Groningen and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Their passage didn’t go unnoticed as HYOID received several rave reviews. Bravo!
From UK blog 5against4:
It’s impossible to praise HYOID Contemporary Voices highly enough; their performance was simply astonishing, and will surely go down in HCMF history as one of the festival’s most legendary concerts. full review
From Dutch blog Nieuwe Noten:
What makes the piece so good is the way it is executed. Now, after having seen it a second time, even more so. The timing is sublime, the way these four artists play together is phenomenal, the pace is close to abnormal. full review (in Dutch)
From Dutch news paper NRC Handelsblad:
A History of the Voice, superbly interpreted by vocal ensemble HYOID. full review (in Dutch)
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.