—contemporary music performance on
Experience and senses
The HEAT is
<SOURCE> we, the music composers and the performers are overwhelmed by our experiences and sensations—coming from both the outer and inner spaces—the sound we heard, the movement we did, the scenario we saw, the story we imagined, the emotion we felt, the texture we touched and the moment that passed, etc.
<ENERGY EMISSION> to deliver our experiences and sensations to the audience via music
<PASSION> the urge to bring new concepts and practices to the art
The MOMENT is
Being in <TIME>
Music of the <NOW>—the actual time during performing and improvising the music
<OCCURRENCE> of a sensation, a life-long experience, an intercultural impact, or a daily habit
This concert is part of the practice-based research in music of marimba performer Adilia YIP. In 2011-13 Adilia has traveled to Mali and BUrkina Faso to study with local balafon musicians Youssouf and Kassoum Keita, as well as German balafonist Gert Kilian. This exciting experience in the ethnic music has broadened her views in music and life, providing the insights to create new music for marimba by adapting the performance practices observed in the balafon tradition.
She invited collaboration with four contemporary composers to project different dimensions of the balafon experience in their compositions: Cornelia Zambila (Romania) investigates into the sensorial experience in balafon performance, creating a experimental performance with blindfold; Juan Albarracín (Argentina) creates a retrograde journey back to the historic bombardment between the African and the Western musical practices; Enric Riu (USA/Spain) explores the possibilities of a graphical movement score; Michiel De Malsche (Belgium) illustrates the playfulness in the balafon music experience. Next to the balafon inspirations, these compositions are also part the composer’s research into compositional techniques, such as: innovative musical formats, the roles between composer and performer, improvisation technique, methods to communicate ideas and etc.
Marimba soloist: Adilia Yip | Marimba duo: Ricardo Lievano | Light design: Kris Depuydt
Total duration: c.a. 85' (intermission 10')
Sound Portrait V | Enric Riu
Mal/oxin Suite | Michiel De Malsche
Prelude to the Universal History of the Voice Leading Practice | Juan Albarracín
Inner Sight Etudes | Cornelia Zambila
Duo Antwerp is formed by two outstanding performers: Adilia Yip on the marimba and Daniel Belloví (Spain) on the bass clarinet, who always believe in the enormous potential of this unique combination. Through original works from contemporary composers and classical arrangements, the Duo extends the amazing possibilities of marimba and bass clarinet in both musical interpretation and high technical level. Every concert of the Duo is an enjoyable music experience full of creativity and cultural excursions. Website: www.duoantwerp.com
Tag words: marimba, West African balafon, percussion, performance, performance practice, embodiment in music, embodied movement patterns, perception, artistic research, artistic creativity, psychology in music, notation, oral tradition, bi-manual coordination, two-hands coordination
The Brackets Percussion is formed by Adilia Yip with Ricardo Lievano Flores (Mexico/ Belgium) and Ilya Dynov (Belgium) in 2010. The Western classical percussionists are in search of a new performance stage for their instruments, to create a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations with theatre, ethnic music culture, visual arts, etc. Their projects include: Vlinders (puppet theater, the Chinese legend the Butterfly Lovers), Mictlan (percussion theater, a story based on the Mexican's The Day of the Dead), Mexican marimba folk music and Erhu-rimba (Chinese erhu and Western marimba). The artists contribute his/her specialties to the group, bursting the flashy sparks of performance talents.
Numerous masterclass in marimba and bass clarinet, such as: the Baketes Festival Benetusser, the Professional and Superior Conservatory of Castellón, Velluters Professional Conservatory in Valencia, Municipal Conservatory of Lleida.
PhD research project: Inventing New Marimba Techniques from its African Heritage
The aim of this practice-based project is to search for new performance perspectives for the marimba (invented in 1910s) by inquiring into its African roots—the music tradition of the West African pentatonic balafon of the Bobo and Bamana tribes living in Mali and Burkina Faso.
Through a triangulation of research methodology—participant-observation (field studies and lessons with local musicians), literature (African ethnomusicology, phenomenology in music) and artistic practice (analyses and experiments in music)—have produced important insights about the complex polyrhythmic structures of the West African balafon music in light of the embodiment of music. Some intermediate findings: firstly, largely due to oral tradition, the musical concepts like rhythm and melody are embodied in forms of bimanual (two-hand) coordination and spatial distance, rather than symbolic representation. Secondly, body movement as the central intention in the music-making.
In the history, composers and performers, e.g. Steve Reich and György Ligeti, have initiated music projects to adapt the African sonority to the Western contemporary music, but barely a work grows out of an inquiry into the embodied performance practice of the African genre. As such, next to the research into the theory and philosophy of performing, the project yields new commissioned compositions as artistic outcomes.
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