*a*u*X*x*x* - 05 sep 2014

konzert am - FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER - ins kino

@ K77 (lichtblik kino) - Kastanienallee 77 - 10435 BERLIN prenzlauerberg

doors open 21:00 / music starts 22:00

photo: Étienne Deslières


a radical take on Iraqi maqam featuring extended microtonal brass, live electronics and Hayward Tuning Vine alongside traditional instruments

AMIR ELSAFFAR - trumpet, santur, voice
ROBIN HAYWARD - microtonal tuba, tuning vine



Omar Dewachi is an Iraqi/Canadian academic and musician based in Beirut, Lebanon. Trained in classical Iraqi oud and Iraqi Maqam music, Dewachi has performed in numerous concerts and festivals in Europe, North America and the Middle East. In addition to Iraqi and Arabic music, he dwells in a variety of music improvisational genres including free-improv Jazz and experimental music. His recent album is Towers Open Fire with City of Salt, a collaborative trio that re-frames tradition in a contemporary improvised context.



Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist and composer Amir ElSaffar has distinguished himself with a mastery of disparate musical styles and a singular approach to combining aspects of Middle Eastern music with American jazz, extending the boundaries of each tradition. A skilled jazz trumpeter with a classical background, ElSaffar has created new techniques to play microtones and ornaments that are idiomatic to Arabic music but are not typically heard on the trumpet.Additionally, he is an acknowledged performer of the classical Iraqi maqam tradition, and performs actively in the US, Europe and the Middle East as a vocalist and santur player.



photo: Miroe

The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward, born in Brighton, England in 1969, has been based in Berlin since 1998. He has introduced revolutionary playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the 'noise-valve', and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo CDs Valve Division, States of Rushing and Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse, along with various collaborative releases. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Zinc & Copper Works to explore brass chamber music from an experimental music perspective. For this concert he will present his recently developed Just Intonation interface - the Hayward Tuning Vine.



photo: Claudine Levasseur

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay is a composer and a performer on bass guitar and sound processing devices, in solo and within the groups ars circa musicæ (Paris, France), de type inconnu (Montréal, Québec), and Splice (London, UK). He is a member of the London-based collective Loop. His music is released by Empreintes DIGITALes and Ora. He formally studied composition with Michel Tétreault, Marcelle Deschênes, and Jonty Harrison, bass guitar with Jean-Guy Larin, Sylvain Bolduc, and Michel Donato, analysis with Michel Longtin and Stéphane Roy, studio technique with Francis Dhomont, Robert Normandeau, and Jean Piché. Pierre Alexandre is Professor in Composition and Improvisation at the University of Huddersfield (England, UK) where he also is Director of the Electronic Music Studios. He previously worked in popular music as producer and bassist, and is interested in videomusic and coding.



Zinc & Copper Works was founded by Robin Hayward in 2005. Alongside its musical virtuosity this group is distinguished by innovative and pioneering research within the area of experimental music. Using distorted embouchure and experimental valve techniques, the instruments may be transformed into acoustic noise generators. Half-valve and muting techniques allow for an acoustic filtering of the tone, opening up a wide colour spectrum. The instruments may be tuned microtonally and combined with new technology. For example, the attachment of sensors to the valves allows the instrumental mechanism to interact with current computer technology. In 2009 the ensemble received funding from the Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin, which, together with support from the instrument makers B&S, made it possible to convert the conventional instruments into a specifically designed microtonal horn and microtonal tuba. In the time of Giovanni Gabrieli, long before modern valved brass instruments were invented, the brass ensemble had equal standing to other chamber music ensembles. By researching alternative approaches towards playing, Zinc & Copper Works is exploring the potential of the medium in the 21st century.


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konzert am - THURSDAY 21 AUGUST - im keller

@ K77 (lichtblik kino) - Kastanienallee 77 - 10435 BERLIN prenzlauerberg

doors open 21:30 / music starts 22:00

AXEL DöRNER - trumpet
THOMAS LEHN - analogue synthesizer
RICHARD SCOTT - modular synthesizer

"two men with sinister-looking suitcases full of mysterious knobs and dials meet the tweed suited man-with-the-golden-horn one thursday night in a cellar of a tiny East Berlin cinema... what could possibly happen next??? you will have to come to find out..."

please note: attendance at this event will be extremely limited!
30 seats maximum... please come on time!


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