Saturday May 4 2013 Doors 21:30 Concert 22:00

Duo: Reinhold Friedl & Franck Vigroux / Solo Lars Åkerlund

This concert has been made possible with support by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee & Impulsneuemusik

Reinhold Friedl Born in Baden-Baden, lives in Berlin. Studied piano in Stuttgart with Renate Werner and Paul Schwarz, in Berlin with Alan Marks and Alexander von Schlippenbach. Composition with Witold Szalonek and Mario Bertoncini. He also studied pure mathematics (set theory, logic and topology). Scolarships in Paris, Rome, Marseille, Amsterdam. Concerts in Europe, North-America, Australia and Japan. Numerous CDs and broadcasting recordings, as well as professional articles and radio features (WDR Cologne etc). Reinhold Friedl is founder and artistic director of zeitkratzer. As a composer he got commissions a.o. from the Berlin City, Wien Modern Vienna (Xenakis[a]live!), the BBC London (1st string quartet), Berliner Festspiele & ZKM Karlsruhe (“Neo-Bechstein”), the French State (2nd String Quartet). He developed new techniques of playing a grand-piano on the strings and invented for that the term “Inside-Piano”.

franck vigroux artiste protéiforme il évolue dans un univers où se croisent, électroacoustique, hörspiel, musique contemporaine, théâtre et danse. alternativement guitariste, platiniste, électroacousticien, improvisateur, compositeur et concepteur de spectacles, il se produit en solo ou dans des groupes (en 2013 avec mika vainio, tempest, police, transistor).
de paris à new york et berlin il collabore notamment avec les musiciens : elliott sharp, mika vainio, reinhold friedl, kasper toeplitz, marc ducret, joey baron, bruno chevillon, push the triangle, zeena parkins, l’ensemble ars nova, les écrivains: kenji siratori, philippe malone, rémi checchetto, laurent gaudé, des plasticiens antoine schmitt, philippe fontes et scorpène horrible.
ses disques sont édités par d’autres cordes records, signature (radio france) et hyppermodern (japon).
avec la compagnie d’autres cordes il crée des spectacles où la musique est au centre du processus de création: “septembres (2009)” texte philippe malone, mise en scène michel simonot, “nous autres ?” 2011 chorégraphie de rita cioffi, images antoine schmitt, “broken circles (2010)” pour 10 musiciens avec l’ensemble instrumental ars nova, “un sang d’encre” (2010) avec marc ducret, “passeport” (2013) texte d’antoine cassar avec jean-marc bourg, «aucun lieu» (2013) avec le vidéaste kurt d’haeseleer et la chorégraphe myriam gourfink.
plus récemment il entame une collaboration avec le metteur en scène alexis forestier autour de texte de heiner müller.
quelques salles et festivals depuis 2009: gaité lyrique, le 104 (paris), teatro fundamenta nuove (venise), issue project room (new york) macba (barcelone) rumor festival (utrecht), pori jazz (finlande) cankarev dom (slovénie), archatheatre (prague), electric springs (huddersfield, uk), berghain (berlin).
pour les saisons 2011 à 2014 il est artiste associé avec scènes croisées (48).
il reçoit des commandes de l’etat (2011) et de radio france (alla breve 2011)
villa médicis hors les murs (new york) 2009

Lars Åkerlund
Excerpt from an interview with Lars Åkerlund by Kim West.
Originally published at the UN website.

UN Can we talk about the idea of the ecstatic? You make music, or sound pieces, that are very repetitive and monotonous, and then you’ve
chosen to work with a voice that goes into ecstasy. What fascinates you about this?

LÅ I believe that in a state of ecstasy, if you’re able to reach it, which is pretty difficult – but if you reach this state, then you’re as close to total freedom as a human being can get. Then you’re completely open – open to yourself and to the world around you. I think of it as a way of reaching some kind of understanding.

UN OK. So it’s about transforming the body, by subjecting it to the treatment of certain sounds.

LÅ Yes. If you’re treated really hard, if you’re exposed to certain stimuli, then it will have a physical effect on you. What interests me is the state of non-control you can reach. In a sense, totally uncontrolled thoughts and experiences can appear. This type of sounds can have hallucinatory effects as well.

UN This is something you’re usually working with, aren’t you?

LÅ Yes, or at least it’s always been there as an element. Hypnosis is another state that interests me, on the side of ecstasy. It’s a similar state, a state on the same level but at another end. It’s somehow always
present in what I do. And it’s really not about anything else than entering into a certain state.

UN You work quite differently from other contemporary sound artists. I imagine it has to do with the fact that you want to produce a very concrete effect. It’s as if the sounds themselves have no meaning of their own, but only work as stimuli. And this leads to your working a lot with rhythms, which not so many others do. Can you say something about

LÅ I think the pulse is extremely important, especially when you use this kind of chaotic sounds. It creates a structure that makes it possible to somehow look into the sounds. One is always looking for structures. And a pulse is an incredibly simple structure, isn’t it? Somehow chaos stands in opposition to… The pulse beats something into your mind… It creates a structure in the chaos. And somehow you can enter deeper into it. Pure, random chaos does not interest me. I like it when there’s an intention behind the music. A lot of people work with very random sounds. That’s not interesting to me. For music to have a meaning it needs to have an intention. You can listen to field recordings if you like, you know, sounds recorded in nature, and there’s no intention there, which could be interesting. But as soon as you make a selection you have processed the sound. If you just stick your head out in the woods, you’ll hear no meaningful sounds…

UN I’m thinking about the similarity to dance music here. The connection is clear. How do you understand your own practice in relation to traditional rhythmical dance music?

LÅ The difference is that, even though there’s a pulse in my pieces, it’s
within the sound itself it happens. The pulse is a means for entering into
the sound. Traditional dance music focuses on the pulse, the sounds work
for the pulse. But sure, I think that a lot of contemporary dance music is
far more interesting than much contemporary sound art. Often,
contemporary sound art has simply another angle than mine.
This concert has been made possible with support by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee