Upcoming Concerts

REINIER VAN HOUDT
Goethe-Institut Boston
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

VOUTCHKOVA/THIEKE DUO
Micro Worlds + Blurred Music
Goethe-Institut Boston
Sunday, December 11 2016

ABDUL SHERZAI at at Café Fixe
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

REINIER VAN HOUDT
Goethe-Institut Boston
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Non-Event presents

REINIER VAN HOUDT (piano, electronics)
performing
Michael Pisaro, Green Hour, Grey Future

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 pm | $15 gen / $10 members & students

Eventbrite - Reinier van Houdt performs Michael Pisaro

REINIER VAN HOUDT started working with tape recorders, radios, objects and various string-instruments at a young age. He studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points beyond interpretation and improvisation. He has built himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests; be it from collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives, from the composing and staging of music-performances or from unorthodox studies of classical music.

He premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, Walter Marchetti. He has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen and Christian Marclay. Reinier van Houdt plays in Current 93, recently releasing an album with contributions by Nick Cave, John Zorn and Antony Hegarty. He is also one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAE/MAZE.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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VOUTCHKOVA/THIEKE DUO
Micro Worlds + Blurred Music
Goethe-Institut Boston
Sunday, December 11 2016

Goethe-Institut Boston, Boston Microtonal Society, and Non-Event present

BILIANA VOUTCHKOVA (violin, voice) + MICHAEL THIEKE (clarinet) DUO
a concert in two parts: Micro Worlds and Blurred Music

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston
7pm

PROGRAM

Part I: Micro worlds, 7pm
Works by Cristian Kesten, Enno Pope, James Bergin, Julia Werntz, Joe Maneri, Antoine Beuger, and Tristan Murail
presented in collaboration with the Boston Microtonal Society

Intermission with food and drink

Part II: Blurred Music, 8:30pm
The duo’s new pr​oject Blurred music derives from the duplication of various material in which their​ ​own tape-recordings are almost identically duplicated by the live performance. The transitions between composition and improvisation grow vague losing their sharp edges.

ABOUT THE DUO

BILIANA VOUTCHKOVA and MICHAEL THIEKE have worked together intensively within (and in between) both compositional and improvisational methods since 2011 presenting their work in various festivals/concert series in Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Bulgaria). They released their first album "Already there" on the Swiss label Flexion records. The music of the duo focuses on the detail in music, micro tonality, imagery and intensely dynamic, but often slowly moving soundscapes - chiseled beauty and expressive communication fully formed. Their continued ongoing investigation of these processes has led them to their current project, “Blurred Music”.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

BILIANA VOUTCHKOVA is a composer-performer whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her and improvisation. Her research as a creative improviser spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language. Biliana lives in Berlin and regularly appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. She works as a soloist and collaborates with the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United, Zeitkratzer, Mosaik, LUX:NM, and many other individual artists. Recent/current projects include solo concerts at the festivals Mózg, GAS/Göteborg Art Sounds, MuseRuole and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the release of the solo album "Modus of raw" on the Evil Rabbit label, and collaborative performance at FRIMSYD, Kontraklang, Wien Modern, Blurred Edges Festival, Gent Festival, Improvisation Xchange and more.

The Berlin-based clarinetist/composer/performer MICHAEL THIEKE is equally at home across a broad range of musical environments, such as experimental song forms, collectively composing projects, improvising collectives, and music on the fringes of jazz. He is exploring the minutiae of sound, timbre and noise, with a particular interest in microtonality and related sound phenomena, and with a preference for long-term collaborations and collective work. Concert tours took him all around Europe and to China, Canada, Lebanon, Japan and the USA, and his work has been documented on over 40 releases on such labels as staubgold, ftarri, leo records, erstwhile andanother timbre. Some of his current Projects are: The International Nothing, The Magic I.D., The Pitch, Splitter Orchester, Porta Chiusa, Motif and Der Lange Schatten, as well as duos with Biliana Voutchkova and Olivier Toulemonde.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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ABDUL SHERZAI at at Café Fixe
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Non-Event Presents
Our December Experimental Coffee House
featuring

ABDUL SHERZAI

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
617-879-2500
7 p.m./$5

ABDUL H SHERZAI creates sound and art in Worcester, Massachusetts. He's made bedroom noise under various monikers since 2006, and has been booking local events since 2010. His most recent collaborative projects, Gay Shapes, Gnärds, and Linda, perform throughout New England. He has had releases on such great labels as Moss Archive, Ayurvedic Tapes, YDLMIER, and most recently the fledgling HEC Tapes.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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NATHANIEL BRADDOCK at at Café Fixe
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Non-Event Presents
Our January Experimental Coffee House
featuring

NATHANIEL BRADDOCK

Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
617-879-2500
7 p.m./$5

NATHANIEL BRADDOCK is the leader of the internationally touring Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l and a ten-year faculty member of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. Braddock has performed extensively with African artists from Mali, Ghana, Zambia, and Congo, and with many American and Australian indie rock bands. His instrumental solo guitar and mandolin sets feature the crossroads of African roots music and American primitive guitar, with original compositions that extend into modern harmonies and rhythms with the complexity of chamber music. In 2015 Braddock relocated from Sydney, Australia to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

>>Listen to Nathaniel Braddock, "Quadrille & Collapse"

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.

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