Tino Sehgal Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things (2000)
Vladimir Mayakovsky A Cloud in Trousers (1914-15)
Helmut Lachenmann Toccatina (1986)
Christian Kesten Zunge Lösen ('Releasing the Tongue') (1990/99)
Andrew Hamilton music for people who like art (2009)
Dieter Schnebel Maulwerke (1968-74) (2015 solo version)
Hanna Hartman Mezcal No. 8 (2014) (UK premiere)
Oyvind Torvund Untitled School/Mud Jam/Campfire Tunes (2014) (European premiere)
Islam Chipsy & EEK Live set
Plus Minus Ensemble (Torvund):
Mark Knoop (piano), Roderick Chadwick (piano), Serge Vuille (percussion), Elsa Bradley (percussion)
A genuine coming together (Hamilton):
Becca Carson (piccolo), Ausiàs Garrigos Mórant (bass clarinet), Ian Sankey (trombone), Sam Wilson (percussion), Jack Ross (electric guitar), Siwan Rhys (piano), Joanne Evans (voice), Eloisa Fleur-Thom (violin), Valerie Albrecht (viola), Oliver Coates (cello), Martin Ludenbach (bass guitar)
Islam Chipsy keyboards (E.E.K.)
Louise Höjer (Sehgal)
Christian Kesten (Schnebel, Kesten)
Khaled Mando drums (E.E.K.)
Aisha Orazbayeva violin, voice (Lachenmann, Mayakovsky)
Islam Tata drums (E.E.K.)
James Weeks conductor (Hamilton)
A Martian Sends a Postcard Home takes its name from a poem by Craig Raine that sought to re-see the world through bold acts of defamiliarisation. This night celebrates the Martianist turn in music, with an exploration of composers who have made the familiar fresh.
The night will include the European premiere of Norwegian composer Oyvind Torvund's lawless chamber work Untitled School/Mud Jam/Campfire Tunes, performed by the Plus Minus Ensemble, and Andrew Hamilton’s electrifying music for people who like art. In Mezcal No. 8 Swedish composer Hanna Hartman transforms a copse of steel rods and washers into a sounding presence.
We honour two standard bearers of 'making strange' in composition: Helmut Lachenmann and Dieter Schnebel. Aisha Orazbayeva performs Lachenmann's Toccatina alongside a recital of Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem A Cloud in Trousers that lives and breathes the idea of estrangement or ostranenie.
Meanwhile, composer and musician Christian Kesten presents Schnebel's celebrated Maulwerke where vocal technique is pulled apart into its constituent parts, alongside his own Zunge Lösen that seeks to stage the tongues of three performers.
Artist Tino Sehgal takes on the body, intellectual property and materiality itself. Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things is his earliest ‘livework’. It sees performer Louise Höjer transformed into, in the words of Frieze Magazine, a 'hydraulic android'.
The night ends with a visit from Cairo's E.E.K. Under the fingers of Islam Chipsy, a digital keyboard is wrenched into explosive new sonic territory, articulating the sound of post-Tahrir electro-chaabi.
1 Still from Oyvind Torvund's Untitled School/Mud Jam/Campfire Tunes (2014)
2 Still from Christian Kesten Zunge Lösen ('Releasing the Tongue') (1990/99)
3 Islam Chipsy