| Social Virtuosity with Eva-Maria Houben

IKLECTIK presents, | Social Virtuosity with Eva-Maria Houben

Sunday 26 February 2023 | Doors: 7:30pm | Start: 8pm
Our Kiosk opens 1 hour prior to doors.

Tickets: General Admission – £11.50 Advance / £13 OTD | Student – £7 Advance / £8 OTD

‘Social virtuosity’, a term coined by legendary vocalist and founder of FIG (Feminist Improvising Group) Maggie Nicols to denote the capacity for effective interpersonal interaction through music making, is what we are focusing on for the three concerts of this 5th season at IKLECTIK.

Our guest for this first concert is composer, pianist and organist Eva-Maria Houben (DE) the author of Musical Practice as a Form of Life: How Making Music Can be Meaningful and Real (Music and Sound Culture, 2019) in which she dwells on a practice of music which is relational and social. We have chosen three new works of hers that have all been written for and addressed to two of her UK based friends – Artur Vidal and Dominic Lash – and their friends. Three works that leave ample scope for personal interpretation and mutual agency between players, listeners, and the work.

With Lara Agar (violin), Angharad Davies (violin), Isidora Edwards (cello), Finn Froome-Lewis (cello), Eva Maria Houben (piano), Dominic Lash (double bass), Hannah Marshall (cello), Artur Vidal (saxophone)

This is the 12th  iteration of the concerts series after Concept ventriloquy | Cage, Ellis, Oliveros, Reage (May 2022), Space ventriloquy |  Mike McEvoy, Plangency, Sea of Cables (March 2022), Seamus Cater & Alexander J. Ellis (February 2022), Parkinson Saunders (May 2021), Voice & Electronics with Sadd, Moore, Waeckerlé and Ziv (April 2021), Greg Caffrey (IE, March 2021), Marie Cécile Reber (CH, Feb 2020), Gildas Quartet (UK, Oct 2019), Marcus Kaiser (DE, May 2019), Stefan Thut (CH, April 2019), Jessica Aslan and Emma Lloyd (UK, March 2019).

Maggie Nicols will join composer and oboe player Maureen Wolloshin (PhD researcher at UCA) for the 2nd concert of the series (29th March 2023). The final concert (26th April 2023) will feature members of the seminal London Improvisation Workshop and Eddie Prevost (founder of AMM fame).

Eva-Maria Houben is also playing at St James Garlickhythe (EC4V 2AF) on Friday 24th February 2023. 
All good things come in threes with EM Houben (organ), Huw Morgan (piano/organ), Artur Vidal (alto saxophone). concert series
A collaboration between bookRoom and the Audio Research Cluster at UCA Farnham, curated by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Harry Whalley, around their common research in extended, textual, visual, gestural and object scores and ways to experience technology in text / music / film / performances. The project is supported by UCA research fund.

dreaming legends – for saxophone (2019) for Artur Vidal
loose ties – originally for saxophone and piano (2022) for Artur Vidal and friends
the green that is almost a yellow – for strings (2022) for Dominic Lash and friends

followed by a discussion led by David Grundy and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

Eva-Maria Houben

Eva-Maria Houben is a German composer, organist, pianist and musicologist. Her compositions are performed widely and are published by “edition wandelweiser”. They include works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, works for voice and piano, for wind and chamber ensembles, for orchestra
and for choir. CDs have also been released by edition wandelweiser records, Another Timbre, Irritable Hedgehog, Makro. International performances include California Institute of the Arts Los Angeles, Southbank Center London, Orgelpark Amsterdam, Klangraum Düsseldorf. Between 1993-2021 she was a professor at “Institut für Musik und Musikwissenschaft” university in Dortmund, with both music theory and contemporary music as her focus studies.

Lara Agar

Lara Agar is a composer and violinist whose music blends electronic soundscapes and sampled material with traditional acoustic and classical instruments. Taking a home grown and intuitive approach, Lara’s interests lie in the accidental, the found, indeterminacy, going with mistakes, experimental and collaborative music making and so on…

Angharad Davies

Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist working with free-improvisation, composition and performance.  Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation. She has released records on Absinth Records, Another Timbre, Potlatch and Confrontrecords.

Isidora Edwards

Isidora Edwards is a Chilean cellist, composer and improviser, currently a PhD Researcher in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is exploring the intersection between performativity, materiality and imagination from a feminist perspective. Isidora has taken part in festivals of contemporary and experimental music worldwide, playing solo or with various ensembles.

David Grundy

David Grundy is a poet and scholar living in London. He co-runs the poetry press and reading series Materials/Materialien and is the author of Present Continuous (Pamenar Press, 2022) and A Black Arts Poetry Machine: Amiri Baraka and the Umbra Poets (Bloomsbury, 2019), and is currently working on critical books on
poetry and music.

Finn Froome-Lewis

Finn Froome-Lewis is an electronic artist and cellist and a final year Music & Sound Production BA undergraduate at UCA Farnham. He works in and around the genres of Techno, Ambient and other forms of electronica, while often allowing more acoustic influences to show themselves. Finn also enjoys playing live, creating engaging and largely improvised works on the spot.

Dominic Lash

Dominic Lash is a bassist, guitarist and composer active in improvised and experimental music. He is also a film theorist. His latest release is a guitar and piano duo with Pat Thomas, New Oxford Brevity, released on his own label, Spoonhunt.

Hannah Marshall

Hannah Marshall a cellist, sound designer and improvisor who is continuing to extract, invent, and exorcize as many sounds and emotional qualities from her instrument as she can, and who also works with composition and structures, making recordings, sound for theatre and more recently original short films and drawings. She has been a regular member of Alexander Hawkins’ Ensembles and has toured in Europe and South America with Luc Ex and Veryan Weston’s ensembles – SOL 6 & 12

Artur Vidal

Artur Vidal is a London based and Spanish-born saxophone player who grew up in Paris where he studied music,
philosophy and history of art. His work involves field recordings, sound walks, dance and improvisation. He has been doing academic research on improvised music and environmental sounds and has become a certified teacher of Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening practice. He has published two collections of text scores: The Hum in the Valley (2021) and Friendly Algorithms (2018).