15.02.2018 Thursday

Burkhard Beins and Marta Zapparoli in Wrocław!

Autor: Culture Zone Wrocław

The concert, accompanying the next meeting in the AIR Wro Talks series, presents a summary of Paweł Szroniak’s Berlin residency, in the course of which he followed the most important actors dealing with experimental music (i.a. Errant Bodies, Labor Sonor, Quiet Cue, Ausland), attempting to define the mechanisms that influence the shaping of a so-called music scene – particularly non-hierarchical communities situated at the margins of official culture. Szroniak's residency was a result of cooperation between Berlinerpool Arts Network and Culture Zone Wrocław within the framework of AIR Wro.

The event in Wrocław is an attempt to confront those experiences with the local reality by showing how music can perform social functions, at the same time preserving its experimental character. It is crucial to present artistic practices on the border of experimental music, free improvisation and sound art to prove that precise differences between these genres are merely institutional and that it is possible to effectively overcome them through the exchange of experiences by broad circles of artists of various status and diverse areas of interests. Berlin music scene presents a good example, since for years it has been defined by its certain multi-environmental character, which helps it avoid ossification of artistic forms or getting stuck in top-down established categories.

The performers are Burkhard Beins and Marta Zapparoli, two prominent artists of a well-established position in the music circles. Although since 2010 they both have been members of the group Splitter Orchester (an orchestra of 24 members performing improvised music), the performance at Proza will be their first concert as a duo.

16.03.2018 (Thursday), 9 PM

Klub Proza, Przejście Garncarskie 2, Wrocław / admission free


Burkhard Beins – German experimental composer and improviser. He is known from his innovative use of percussion prepared with unusual objects. In the recent years he has also worked with analogue synthesizers and created sound installations. Beins is one of the most important representatives of Berlin reductionism and a member of such ensembles as Polwechsel, Activity Center, Splitter Orchester, The Sealed Knot, Perlonex, Sawt Out, Trio Sowari, Junk Orbit, Fracture Mechanics. He collaborates with numerous recognised artists, i.a. Sven-Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Keith Rowe, Axel Dörner, Chris Abrahams and John Tilbury, He has released over 50 albums on labels like Zarek, Erstwhile Records, 2:13 Music, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth, alt. vinyl, God Records, Mikroton and Confront. The venues and music festivals across Europe, North America, Australia and Asia where he has performed include LMC Festival (London), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Cave 12 (Geneva), HCMF (Huddersfield), The Now Now (Sydney), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Berghain (Berlin), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Serralves (Porto), Wien Modern (Vienna), MoMA (NewYork), New Music Festival (Hanoi), Irtijal (Beirut), Maerzmusik (Berlin). He has participated in residential programmes at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede (Germany, 2009), Elektronmusikstudion EMS (Sweden, 2014), Muong Studios (Vietnam, 2015) and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (USA, 2017). He regularly gives workshops based on his graphic score system Adapt/Oppose, has published several academic articles on contemporary music and is a co-editor of the book Echtzeitmusik Berlin - Self-Defining a Scene, documenting experimental sound practices in Berlin between 1995-2010  (Volke Verlag, 2011).

Marta Zapparoli – sound artist, improviser and performer based in Berlin. Her current music work refers to such issues as acoustic ecology, field recording, noise pollution, EMF, as well as the use of radio waves (especially short waves, Morse code and myriameter waves). At the age of fifteen she started education in soprano saxophone and fine arts. During her studies in Bologna she co-shaped the local art scene, actively working in the sphere of theatre and radio. Around 2000 she shifted her interests towards experimental music and noise. In the recent years she has become known as one of the most interesting European sound artists, employing a wide range of techniques and self-built (or modified) electronic equipment. Apart from her solo projects, she often collaborates with other artists working with music, dance and multimedia. She is a member of Splitter Orchester, The Elks and Ignaz Schick Electroacoustic Sextet. Her recordings have been released on such labels as Zeromoon, Idiosynkratic, Spina, Mikroton, Gagarin, Urban Art, Zarek, Nohmand and Museruole. She has presented her work at festivals across Europe and in the United States.



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