Tonight in Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard, my film ‘Killing time in New York’, an art house documentary showing the making and performance of my New York MATA festival contemporary classical composition, will have its Première at 7:45pm! The tickets are £5 and can be purchased at the box office 01348 873421. image by Gaynor McMorrin
Here it is! The trailer of the film I’ve been working on for months.
‘Killing time in New York’ (60mins) is an art house documentary set in New York and Pembrokeshire about the making and performance of a contemporary classical music composition…. with knitters.
This music piece was a commission by MATA festival New York. It’s a festival for young composers founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa. The panel selected Jobina Tinnemans out of 600 plus submissions to write a new work for the 2013 edition of MATA, staged in Roulette, Brooklyn.
The MATA team put out a call on social networks and members of the knitting community in New York and beyond were involved. Back in Pembrokeshire, knitters have helped experimenting and trying out the purpose-built computer interface that has been designed for it. But, mainly, the making of.. part of the film is an intimate look into Jobina’s sketch book of this piece. Followed by the actual ‘Killing Time’ documentation of the MATA concert in April.
“Known for her work with concrete sounds, Dutch-Welsh composer Jobina Tinnemans follows the lead of the late Cornelius Cardew, incorporating nonmusicians into a new music context. Her MATA commission, Killing Time, is a concerto grosso for solo knitters, instrumental ensemble, and a ripieno orchestra of knitters, visualizing the passage of time through its trace in fibre.” (MATA press release)
In St.Davids on the 25th of October, the ‘Killing Time’ composition will be performed in St. Davids Cathedral. This will be the first performance of the piece after it’s New York premiere.
In Fishguard on the 22nd of November, the film ‘Killing Time in New York’ will be screened in Theatr Gwaun. A film about the making of the composition in Pembrokeshire and performance of the work on the NY stage. It’s an evening filling program with an artist talk, exhibition of ‘behind the scenes’ artefacts and a live knitters ensemble music performance of a new music work made with knitters.
MATA Benefit Gala is honoring soprano and new music advocate Dawn Upshaw
Date: September 21, 2013
Place: Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street, New York
Time: 6:00 PM
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served
Tickets: $225 per person
I’m getting closer to finishing the film of my NY MATA composition and in August there will be an exhibition about it in Fishguard, incorporated in Elizabeth Stonhold’s Knitting Jazz community arts project.
Yesterday we did a photo shoot for the film and exhibition, to show the prepared knitting ensemble IN its majestic instrument’s setting, since the electronics part of my ‘Killing Time’ composition, which are triggered by the activity of knitting, was an electronic instrument created by sounds from this beautiful place in Pembrokeshire, called ‘Pwll Deri’.
The long white knittings are knitted by the performing knitters on the NY stage, which I brought back with me. It’s work in progress.
This is the sound clip I made with the ‘Konkrete Breaks’ loop to feature in Ableton Live 9 – it’s for demo purposes. Might end up in a song. Always possible. With anything. :)