Vocal Spaces. Compositions for Voices

Maulwerker Performing Music

© Boriana Pandova

May 12, 2018


Boris Filanovsky: »Discantata« (UA)
for 6 voices

Sabine Ercklentz: »Fremd_körper« (UA)
for 3 performers, 6 mobile speakers and stereo PA

Jule Flierl: »dissociation_study_2« (UA)
for 3 voices

Christian Kesten: »Untitled #20« (UA)
for 20-part choir (5 groups)

Four world premieres explore the relations of music and body, body in space, of the individual and the group: trio, sextet, and a choir of twenty voices.
The Russian composer Boris Filanovsky investigates in Discantata the »undersung« tone, a sung tone with a high proportion of noise, and a number of other extended vocal techniques. Composer Sabine Ercklentz generates from interviews with the performers linguistic material, which she uses for an abstract composition. The performers move and interact within a field of various mobile loudspeakers. Choreographer Jule Flierl, following the vocal dances of Valeska Gert, has developed an own choreographic approach to the voice, isolating the different aspects of articulation. This meets Maulwerker’s practice following Dieter Schnebel, who analyses the articulation organs as isolated layers. Consequently, the mimics in Flierl’s work become a compositional and a choreographic element at the same time. Christian Kesten has developed the technique of »breathing plateaus«, a static white noise for voice. The ensemble Maulwerker expand to a choir of twenty voices. The noise sound stands as a sculpture in space, like massive sound walls.

with Ensemble Maulwerker (Ariane Jessulat, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Katarina Rasinski, Tilmann Walzer, Steffi Weismann) & Zoé Alibert, Dorothea Braun, Audrey Chen, Fernanda Farah, María Ferrara, Heather Frasch, Annie Gårlid, Katia Guedes, Zoe Knights, Alexey Kokhanov, Olga Kozmanidze, Rebecca Lane, Renata Sachs, Heike Schmidt, Hanna Schörken, Ela Spalding Choir conduction Christian Kesten

A project by Ensemble Maulwerker. Funded by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e. V. and Musikfonds e. V. with funds of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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