Performance+Talk Session #6: Violin+

VIOLIN+ session was originally scheduled for February 25th, but was posponed and performance took place on Friday, June 1st 2018 at HAEKEM in Brussels.

Performance+Talk Sessions are part of ”Temporality of the Impossible: contemporary violin music, aesthetics, technique and performance”, an artistic research that started as a personal curiosity but grew into a PhD research, now taking place at the CeReNeM and HuCPeR, at the University of Huddersfield (UK).

"These are intentionally as difficult as I can make them, because I think we’re now surrounded by very serious problems in society, and we tend to think that the situation is hopeless and that it’s just impossible to do something that will make everything turn out properly. So I think that this music, which is almost impossible, gives an instance of the practicality of the impossible." - John Cage, about "Freeman Etudes"

In the season 2017/2018 “Temporality of the Impossible: Performance+Talk Sessions” will primarily explore aesthetics of sound, from bare audibility to various overpressure and everything in between, music of various "complexities" as well as music for prepared violin/bow.


Temporality of the Impossible: VIOLIN+ explores some of the curious, exciting, peculiar, adventurous music and wondrous sonar worlds of pieces for prepared violin and violin with performative electronics. In the later, the duo explores roles of instruments and performer, of acoustic and electronic, of characteristics and sound, playing with actions, interactions and hierarchies.
**How impossible is the “impossible”? The lasting curiosity of composers in exploring expression through music continues the legacy of creating pieces that are fresh, “new” and challenging not only for listening, but also to artistry of playing. Subsequently, performers continue to be challenged by these pieces demanding unconventional approaches. “Temporality of the Impossible” focuses on these challenges, and addresses two important and inseparable parts of music and performance: the tangible and the abstract. **
The violin courtesy of Thomas Meuwissen

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