Sunday, 20 January 2008

STEIM Season Opening Concert 2008

"Musicianship in Live Electronic Music" was one of the themes for our concert series last year. We hosted most of the performances in our studio space to create a concentrated and critical platform for both the musicians and the audience. We feel that the intimate space intensifies the relationship between the two sides where one can really feel whether the artist is able to engage his/her audience or not. In 2008, we plan to continue this theme along with other new directions.
Please join us at our season-opening concert with three seasoned electronic performers. Each artist shares a passion to extend their musical expression through unique unconventional instruments.

Rafael Toral

Rafael Toral is a musician and artist. Born in Lisbon, he has been performing live since 1984. Having attempted to study music, he realized his path was one of exploration and discovery, to which conventional music teaching was irrelevant. He learned acoustics, electronics and music writing, having started to write music on paper after his former fascination with graphic scores. In 1994, Wave Field determined a shift in composing methods, taking from then on sound itself as the basic matter for all music, thus rendering his work unwriteable. Considered later in the 1990's by the Chicago Reader to be "one of the most gifted and innovative guitarists of the decade", he has been working on the possibilities of ambient music (variable attention listening process) and improvisation with higher levels of risk (using instruments or systems that behave in unpredictable ways), amongst other things.

Space Studies: Using gestural controllers (sensor gloves, optical sensors, portable amplifiers), Rafael Toral has been suggesting a reflection on the physicality and visuality of human performance as musical gesture. He has also been practicing an approach to music centered on a universal, pre-historic and pre-aesthetical impulse to produce sound, aware that music and language may have a common root.

Video | Rafael Toral @ ZDB / 2007

Rafael Toral

Cor Fuhler

Born 1964 Barger-Oosterveld / Drenthe / the Netherlands. Began with piano and organ at the age of 6. Later also on self-made instruments. Started studying piano (improvised music) in '83 at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam (a/o. with Nico Langenhuijsen, Charlie Green, Ron van Rossum and Misha Mengelberg). Graduated in `89.

Amsterdam-based Cor Fuhler works in the field of electronic and improvised music. Piano is his main acoustic instrument, and he seeks to take it musically beyond usual perceptions, specializing in sustained sounds with use of various string stimulators: 12 ebows, rotating threads, spinning disks. Fuhler also manipulates sounds from turntables, linguaphones, springs etc and filters them through an analogue synth: the EMS Synthi AKS, his main electronic instrument. Currently he is working on a new analogue set up: the NIGLO 1. He often builds his own instruments/ installations/ modifications such as the Keyolin: a violin with keys.

Video | Cor Fuhler @ PLAYLAB SESSIE

Cor Fuhler

Byungjun Kwon

Byungjun (1971, Kr) started his musical career in early 90`s as a singer/songwriter and has released 7 albums ranging from alternative rock to minimal house. He creates music for records, sound tracks, fashion collections, contemporary dance, theater plays and interdisciplinary events. Recent works and performances have been presented in many international venus. Now he lives and works in Amsterdam.

For this concert he will be playing his digital and analog drawing tools for sound and image. This will be the second version of 'Draw True Drawn' which was premiered @ Tag, Den Haag in 2007. Cheerful live drawing, sound of handwriting, homemade analog synth and more...

Byungjun Kwon

Studio for Electro Instrumental Music
Thursday, January 24
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Entrance: 5 euros

Tel: 020-6228690
Fax: 020-6264262

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