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Qb concertseries at Studio LOOS

Qb.1   *   Qb.2   *   Qb.3   *   Qb.4

qb is a new concert series produced by Azimuth at Studio LOOS focussing on the development and presentation of audiovisual works. Young composers and visual artists are given the opportunity to work and experiment with multichannel audio and multiscreen video setups to investigate the idea of space in a multimedial context. qb aims at establishing new relationships between the sonic and the visual realm through artistic research practice stemming from other extensive research projects supported by LOOS foundation such as IOM-AIM and Azimuth.

check the posters [Azimuth #2] - [Azimuth #3] - [Azimuth #4] - [Azimuth #5]

2018.03.30


qb1
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With performances by:

Fani Konstantinidou - Donia Jourabchi - Lucie Nezri

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2018.04.20


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With performances by:

Leonie Roessler - Soeria van den Wijngaard - Erfan Abdi - Kacper Zemianin - Siamak Anvari

Soeria van den Wijngaard presents an experimental film at qb.2 titled "You understand that that man is involved in a slightly world than mine." Tonight!

Kacper Ziemianin performs with his instrument LSE at qb.2 tomorrow.
'LSE' (formerly ‚LightSeq‘) is an award-winning DIY instrument and performance system for live electronic music. It allows user to program any sequence of lights, which are then translated into sound. This combination opens up a lot of possibilities for controlling, structuring and interacting with sound. This instrument tries to addresses an issue of ‚liveness‘ of electronic music performance. How does the audience know if the performance is really live? How can we relate to the actions that the musicians are taking onstage? In case of 'LighSeq' every sound is created and manipulated by various light sources. This creates a direct link between the visual and sonic realm.

Leonie Roessler will be presenting her piece titled Panjim and Then. It is a multichannel composition to be premiered at qb.2. A soundcollage made of fields recording from Goa, recorded during Leonie's time as artist in residence for The Story of Space festival in Panjim, Goa, India.

Erfan Abdi will be performing with his instrument in qb.2.
Notesaaz is an instrument for live electronic music, and a proposal for a three stage process where the physical controller is used to navigate within a graphical score that on its turn controls the sound generation. By showing the dynamic score to the performer and the audience, Notesaaz suggests new possibilities for staging the performer instrument relationship, inviting the audience to engage more in what is played and to anticipate on what happens next. For the occasion of qb.2 event, Notesaaz is appropriated for the multichannel sound system, where the performer can explore the possibilities of gestural control over the spatial qualities of its sound.

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2018.05.18

qb3

Laura Agnusdei presents her multichannel piece called There's an alien inside my sax!
This multichannel electroacoustic composition is based on my own tenor saxophone playing and it explores the perceptual boundaries between the acoustic and electronic domain. Acoustic sources are mixed with processed sounds resulting from different techniques of analysis and resynthesis. The first part of the piece focuses on sonic textures made by multiphonics, breath-noise and subtones, which leads to a deep-listening experience. Whereas the second part of the work enacts a more dynamic scenario, assembling slap-tones and other rapidly articulated sounds. This idea of a hybrid sonic world where technology is the virus that infects my acoustic instrument and start a mutation process it's inspired by the art of David Cronenberg.

Anne Fehres will be screening Sakura: An Archetypal Journey
Sakura: An Archetypal Journey is an essay film about the journey that is life. Based in Japan during Spring, Sakura presents a mind-bending narrative as a way to communicate the beginnings of life. This experimental film collects footage recorded in Japan and presents it in collage-like form. The film ties the various segments together with music and an outsider voice-over narration, which ponders topics such as history, philosophy, technology and society. Central to the film’s narrative of the journey from birth is its use of Japan’s iconic springtime cherry blossom. In the film it is used as a metaphor for life itself, something celebrated for its beautiful ephemerality. This use of symbolism is rich throughout the film, with Sakura borrowing from a further icon of Japan, the Haiku. Sakura works like a poem whereby it is shaped and edited in a controlled form, yet leaves space for the viewer’s own associations and imagination. Just as life itself begins through unfettered exploration, Sakura presents a journey where the viewer is placed to consider the world around them through fresh eyes. It is this position that represents the beginning of life most fully and places the viewer in a position to encounter further stages of life.

Anne Fehres (1988, The Hague, The Netherlands) studied film at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium. After her graduation she started to work as a freelancer on projects in collaboration with others, in different departments. She has served in the roles of Producer, Director, Editor, Researcher and DOP. She was the last months in Japan for creating her film Sakura: An Archetypal Journey during the 3331 Arts Chiyoda residence program in Tokyo. She is currently working on video installations and audiovisual performances.

Rozi Mákó will be performing
Rozi has a classical and jazz background as a pianist and began exploring music at an early stage of her life. She found herself doing all kinds of music related projects: composition, sound design, experimental music improvisation and djing. After her graphic design studies she moved to The Netherlands to further her music knowledge at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. She focuses on connecting with her audience through the phenomenon of music to invite them into an unrepeatable moment by creating a unique atmospheric experience through improvisation. At present she participates in multiple music collaborations and concentrates on her solo live act.

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2018.06.22

qb4

Today at qb.4 premiere of “Van Bergen - Van Kreij” , a brand new electro-acoustic duo in interdisciplinary music. Both composer and improvisor they present solo & duo improvisations, results of the IOM-AIM artistic research and performances of own compositions.

Since the end of 2013 Van Bergen and Van Kreij have an artistic dialogue and work together in the IOM-AIM Research. IOM-AIM researches interactive computer music improvisation with as a starting point improvisation defined as “an unstable and unpredictable activity” (Van Bergen).

Peter van Bergen (NL, wind-instruments - saxophones & clarinets) - improvisor, composer, interpreter, artistic researcher in contemporary interdisciplinary music studied at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and studied with Evan Parker. Founder/director of LOOS (Foundation - Ensemble - Studio). Performed with a.o. Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Misha Mengelberg, Maarten Altena, Michiel Braam, Gert Jan Prins. Premiered a wide range of new works of composers like Louis Andriessen, Gilius van Bergeijk, Cornelis de Bondt, Huib Emmer, Martijn Padding, Guus Janssen and more. Received several scholarships and awards and is an artistic researcher. He started IOM-AIM Research and is currently PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, promotor Prof. Dr. Kathleen Coessens, subject “Improvisation, Interactivity, Instability: Artistic Transformations”.

Johan van Kreij (NL, electronics) is a musician, improvisor, composer, creator and teacher. Using software and electronics he builds instruments and objects that he performs in various situations. This can be in the context of improvisation—solo or with other musicians— as well as music theatre and contemporary dance. He has long-running collaborations with musicians and artists, among others Marie Guilleray, Ted Stoffer, Frances Marie Uitti and Paul Koek. He teaches at the Institute of Sonology.

Darien Brito He is presenting some fragments of Strange Attractors, a new live generated audiovisual performance he is working on. The piece is heavily influenced by chaotic systems. They were first described by Edward Lorenz, while researching patterns in the weather. He is looking into how such systems can provide rich textures of sound and how they can be used to create attractive patters of visualisation.

Miloš Cathals is an improvised round table musical discussion of four distinctly different live electronics setups, integrated into a larger system.

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