Thursday, 13. June 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Zwischenhoch
Sabine Ercklentz – trumpet
Birgit Ulher – trumpet

Irene Aranda & Agustí Fernández
Irene Aranda (ES) – piano
Agustí Fernández (ES) – piano

A Berlin-Hamburg trumpet and a Spanish piano duo make the last concert before the summer break of exploratorium.

The duo Zwischenhoch was founded in 2016 by the two composer-performers Sabine Ercklentz and Birgit Ulher. In addition to a pool of common playing techniques and timbres, each of them has developed their own individual language through personal techniques and instrumental expansions on the trumpet, for example extensions of the instrument using objects such as metal foil and milk frother with Birgit Ulher or extreme electronic amplification and alienation by Sabine Ercklentz. In addition, they share an interest in the spatialization of sound and the specific materiality of acoustic and electroacoustic sound experience. This tension between similarities (common questions, sonic proximity) and difference (individual spatial concepts and playing techniques) forms the aesthetic framework for their duo.

Sabine Ercklentz lives and works as a composer, musician and performer in Berlin. Her works often move in musical border areas and across fixed genre boundaries. The music-making body on stage, the interaction between performers and the media, and the interlinking of performers with each other are frequently recurring themes. Birgit Ulher studied painting and free art, which still has a great influence on her music. Since 1982 she lives as a freelance musician in Hamburg. She works with radio, speakers and other objects and has developed her own playing techniques and preparations. Apart from this material research, her special interest is the relationship between silence and sound.

The two pianists Irene Aranda and Agustí Fernández are among the protagonists of free improvisation in Spain. Based on their profound knowledge of the instrument and their common understanding of the piano as a giant sound generator, they develop original musical discourses that become a special experience for the senses of the audience.

Irene Aranda is one of the most exciting young artists of free improvisation in Spain. Critics describe her as original, astounding, and as a “pianist who tours the keys at breakneck speed, scratching the piano strings with infinite delicacy or treating it with unusual power”. Agustí Fernández is one of the most internationally acclaimed Spanish musicians and is considered a luminary in the world of improvised music. Fernández has collaborated with many pioneering musicians of free improvisation, like Peter Kowald, Derek Bailey, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Mats Gustafsson, Joel Ryan, and Peter Evans. He is a member of the Blue Shroud Band, the Mats Gustafsson NU Ensemble and the Barry Guy New Orquestra.

Irene Aranda & Agustí Fernández 2014 live in Salamanca

Admission: 12 / 10 / 6 Euro (normal price / reduced / Berlin-Pass)
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Here you find information about our past concerts in 2018 & 2019.