Saturday, 21 October 2017 | 11:30 | STUK

Instead of a lecture, this year we present a performance, disguised as a lecture. In Lecture about Sad Music, composer Matthew Shlomowitz, dancer Shila Anaraki and violinist Aisha Orazbayeva explore the relationship between music and emotion.

Do ‘sad music’ and ‘happy movements’ really exist, or do we only imagine emotions ourselves while we listen to music or watch dance? As usual with Shlomowitz and Anaraki, they’ll answer these profound, pertinent questions playfully and with tongue in cheek.

Composition: Shila Anaraki, Aisha Orazbayeva and Matthew Shlomowitz / Performers: Shila Anaraki and Aisha Orazbayeva / Concept: Matthew Shlomowitz / Artistic advisor: Michel Yang


Shila Anaraki

Shila Anaraki is a Brussels based choreographer, dancer and dramaturg. An important part of her work has been dedicated to the contemporary music field and she has worked and collaborated with composers such as David Helbich, Matthew Shlomowitz, Paul Craenen, Stefan Prins, Alvin Curran, George Aperghis and Tod Machover. She has also had a long-term collaboration with artist Adva Zakai.

Matthew Shlomowitz

Matthew Shlomowitz is a composer of concert music and performance pieces. He has three ongoing projects: Popular Contexts, a series combining recordings of recognisable real world sound with instrumental music; Letter Pieces, which combine physical actions, music and text; and Lectures about Music, a series of lecturepieces addressing aesthetic and cultural issues. He is Associate Professor in Composition at University of Southampton.

Website Matthew Shlomowitz

Aisha Orazbayeva

Aisha Orazbayeva is a Kazakh-born London-based violinist. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums on Nonclassical and PRAH recordings, and has performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. She has an ongoing music/text duo project with writer Tim Etchells (artistic director of the experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment).

Website Aisha Orazbayeva


Naamsestraat 96
3000 Leuven



H. Hartkliniek, Naamsestraat 102c


Lijnen 1 en 2
Halte H. Hartkliniek

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