An Icelandic ensemble playing baroque instruments, plenty of electronics and a lot of video: this promises to be not your average weeknight concert, but a performance that explores all the possibilities available today. There is subtle and acoustic with Liisa Hirsch, the musical fantasy of a never-realised film script by Heleen Van Haegenborgh, Nicole Lizée’s inventive dialogue with media and technology, and the multimedia by composer Maria Huld Markan and video-artist Dodda Maggý. A concert for the eyes as well as the ears.
Heleen Van Haegenborgh
Pianist (making+ playing)
Experimental music solo, duo and more
Keywords: inside piano, strings, cassettes, tape, experiment, collages, preparations, wires, foghorns, composition, improvisation, ..
Called a “brilliant musical scientist” and lauded for “creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation”, JUNO-nominated composer Nicole Lizée creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance.
Liisa Hirsch (b. 1984) graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Prof. Toivo Tulev’s composition class. Liisa Hirsch’s music is characterized by sensitivity to timbre, intense focus on sound, also solid structure and purity of form. In the main, Hirsch has composed music for film and theatre and oftentimes she collaborates with choreographers and dancers.
Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect has been hailed for its “affectionate explorations” (BBC Music Magazine) and “commitment to their repertoire” (Classical Music). Founded in 2005, Nordic Affect has created a highly unique voice, which has earned the group international recognition. In 2013 the ensemble was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and was named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards in 2014.
The commissioning and performance of new works is integral to Nordic Affect’s mission as it has, from the group’s inception, combined new compositions with the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Believing that the exciting things happen “in the connection,” Nordic Affect has through the years established exciting collaborative relationships with composers, visual artists, and producers.