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EPHÉMÈRE concertseries at Studio LOOS
curators/producers: marie guilleray and bjarni gunnarsson
art of sound: michele abolaffio
art of food: mari mako

#78   *   #79



Cathy van Eck   *   Oscar Jan Hoogland / Onno Govaert / Urdis Vitols   *   Yannis Kyriakides

Ephémère is a series of surprising evenings about temporary and contemporary forms of art. It is one of the finest series for anything that has to do with contemporary art, improvised, composed, electronic and experimental music, avant-garde films and documentaries, dance, visual art, and in other words, what is important to be presented at that specific moment.





Nora Mulder & Han Buhrs   *   Kate More   *   Reinier van Houdt

With rhythmically screaming feedback buckets, popping trays, wok-lid percussion, snuffling toffee drum bass, nicht-wohl-temperierte tuning forks and runaway haricot mills. And also: Metylpiano, contemporary music from before the war (with smokey notes), tired organs, squeaking bluesharp, ultrashort stamping songs and spit speeches. With titles such as: The Dip Is Deep This Time, Sneu, False Rest, What Well Beautiful ?, All Ghosts, Nut Is Delusional 2 and Regre ... t. Fun is different, but nothing is more amusing than peculiar interpreted idiosyncrasies and sorrow in singular verses. Nora Mulder and Han Buhrs are Ensemble Extra Ordinair.

Spel III is a movement from Kate's percussion suite Coral Speak arranged for cello. Coral Speak is a suite of laments and playful dances in homage to the fragility of the Great Barrier Reef, where the corals are currently under threat due to climate changes and human intervention. Each piece imagines the colourful interplay of movement between the living corals, joyful sentient creatures celebrating the their idyllic surrounding and utopian waters. The pieces have a melancholic edge at the prospect of the corals retreating and dissipating as the water changes. The ebullient dance of life and beauty comes to an abrupt halt as it is silenced and abandoned, leaving behind a skeleton like a ruined underwater city that once thrived, never to return.

Reinier van Houdt is a musician/composer from Rotterdam (NL). He works from a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points beyond interpretation and improvisation. Besides making his own music he premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, Walter Marchetti. He has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Charlemagne Palestine and Christian Marclay. Reinier van Houdt plays in MAZE and Current 93.