Outlandish: The Tables Are Turned by Bernhard Lang

Bernhard Lang, Alter Ego, Philip Jeck

conference: DARE 2015: the dark precursor
date: November 10, 2015
venue: De Bijloke Music Centre, Concert Hall
format: concert
practice: music and sound
keywords: movement-image, perception-image

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abstract

Outlandish is a concert connected to Deleuze and artistic research in many ways, starting with the title, which as a synonym of “deterritorialised” refers to one of the mutual affects of philosophy and artistic practice that DARE 2015 proposes to explore. But more importantly, there are personal and material connections produced by Bernhard Lang’s Belgian premiere of The Tables are Turned (2010), Marc Ngui’s Drawings from A Thousand Plateaus (ongoing since 2004), and Juan Parra C.’s The Egg, which is both the electronic Dogon Egg he built and the new piece he will premiere.

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about the author(s)

Bernhard Lang

Bernhard Lang first studied piano at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz. He continued in Graz, learning classical and jazz piano, arrangement, while studying philosophy and German philology. Between 1977 and 1981, he worked with leading jazz bands, including Erich Zann Septett. He studied composition with Polish composer Andrzej Dobrowolski, who introduced him to the techniques of new music, and counterpoint with Hermann Markus Pressl, who sensitised him to the twelve-tone techniques of Joseph-Matthias Hauer. He continued his studies with Gösta Neuwirth and Georg Friedrich Haas, who introduced him to microtonal music. Zeitmasken for string quartet was performed at the Musikprotokoll Festival in 1986, marking the beginning of his career as a composer. In that same period, he began teaching music education, harmony, and counterpoint at the University of Graz and, from 2003, composition. At the Institute for Electronic Music Graz, he developed the LoopGenerator and the Visual Loop Generator with Winfried Ritsch and Thomas Musil. Since 1999, his main focus has been on music, where he applies his work on interpretation and especially on contrast, as in the cycle Differenz/Wiederholung (difference/repetition) and the music theatre works Das Theater der Wiederholungen (2003), I HATE MOZART (2006), and Der Alte vom Berge (2007). Since 2003, he has worked with numerous choreographers, including Xavier Le Roy, Willi Dorner, and Christine Gaigg, with whom in 2010 he created NetTrike, performed in a duplex concert between IRCAM and Graz. Author of various projects in collaboration with Austrian musicians, artists, and writers, Bernhard Lang is also a member of LALELOO VLO and various improvisation groups.

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Independent musician and composer

email

bernhard.lang [AT] chello.at

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chello.at

Alter Ego

Alter Ego ensemble, since its foundation in 1991, has performed in the most prestigious venues and festivals of contemporary music across the world. However, the main feature of Alter Ego is its continuous collaboration with artists belonging to different artistic experiences: electronic musicians (Deathprod, Philip Jeck, Matmos, Pan Sonic, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner), pop singers (John De Leo, Frankie HI-NRG), visual artists (D-Fuse, Andrew Hooker, Michelangelo Pistoletto), actors (Vladimir Luxuria), performers (Irvine Arditti, David Moss, Neue Vocalsolisten). Alter Ego works in close collaboration with composers such as Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Alvin Curran (worldwide premiere for Alter Ego and Frankie HI-NRG), Philip Glass (European premiere at Settembre Musica Festival 2002 in Turin of 600 Lines, an inedited opera of the 1968 that Glass gave Alter Ego with an European exclusive), Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Giya Kancheli, Bernhard Lang, David Lang (in residence at the 36thNuova Consonanza Festival), Alvin Lucier,  Terry Riley (worldwide premiere of The slaving wheel of meat conception, commissioned by Romaeuropa Festival and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with the participation of Matmos and Riley himself playing the piano), Frederic Rzewski (worldwide premiere of Main Drag for RAI Radio 3), Kaija Saariaho, Laszlo Sáry, Salvatore Sciarrino, Jōji Yuasa…

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Contemporary music ensemble, Rome, IT

Philip Jeck

Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early ’80’s and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as well as his solo concert work. His best known work “Vinyl Requiem” (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 ’50’s/’60’s record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He has also over the last few years returned to visual art making installations using from 6 to 80 record players including “Off The Record” for Sonic Boom at The Hayward Gallery, London [2000]. In 2010 Philip won The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award.

Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes geniunely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.

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Independent musician

email

touch [AT] touch33.net

web

philipjeck.com