My MATA New York commissioned composition ‘Killing Time’ will be performed in the beautiful Norwegian Church in Cardiff, on July 2 and 3. More details about the event, organised by Voluntary Arts Wales/ Celfyddyddau Gwirfoddol Cymru soon.
To all you Spring cleaners out there:
in September I’ll be needing three rusty squeaky hedge shears without stage fright, please let me know if you come across a pair in the darkest deepest alcoves of your shed – thank you
Shakespeare and Hedgeshear
I’m very much looking forward to working on a new piece with the contemporary experimental Apartment House ensemble, London, directed by Anton Lukoszevieze. The result is planned for 2015. It’s a ‘New Voices’ commission by the wonderful Sound And Music, thank you for this.
After all the talking and pictures about MATA, let’s post some actual music: here is a 6mins excerpt of ‘Killing Time’ with its various movements – the full concert is 25mins. It’s starts with an excerpt of the prelude, before it moves on to the actual piece.
(sound cloud blip: if nothing’s showing up try here https://soundcloud.com/jobina-tinnemans/killing-time )
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 – trailer from Jobina Tinnemans on Vimeo.
‘Killing time in New York’ (54mins) 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.
There will be a charity auction with original manuscripts by Philip Glass, Ligeti, Bresnick, amongst others. Two original manuscripts of my ‘Killing Time’ MATA commission are auctioned, as well. The proceeds will go to next year’s edition of the MATA festival for young composers.
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
all info here: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/168061/be9806be5d/1331028179/272c605e67/
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.
photo by Philip Clarke
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. :)
Proud to be included in Ableton Live 9 with my ‘I want your Peacock’ percussion loop! – a showcase for Sonic Couture’s ‘Konkrete Breaks’. All arp based. It’s got a knack to it, it doesn’t always do what you want…. just how we like it.
Thank you Concrete Plastic and Sonic Couture!
This is an episode on SoundNotion.tv about the MATA festival. From about 10:00 mins Yotam Haber, artistic director, speaks inclusively about why and how the commissioning team chose my work out of 600 plus submissions. The work with ping-pong games and people trimming hedges he mentions in the interview is ‘Shakespeare and Hedgeshear’, which will once more be performed at the ‘World Music Days 2014′ in Wroclaw, Poland.
The New Yorker called MATA “the place to catch up on international cutting-edge talent.”
this is a quick report from New York:
It has been spectacular! What a unique event and what a generous contribution from the knitting community. I will get in touch with the Knitting Orchestra and the Knitting Soloists to have all names to present to you. The musicians were wonderful, it all sounded fantastic after only a few rehearsals. The reactions from the audience have been very positive! I’m over the moon and try to have a few days off, it has been a very intensive project.
Here are some snapshots from the concert, I will start working on the filmed documentation soon.
videostill from footage shot by Ted Schaeffer
photos by Andy Wheddon
“Knitting was woven into the attractive “Killing Time” by Jobina Tinnemans, premiered at last nite’s MATA concert. — with Isabelle Holmes and 2 others.”
Isabelle Holmes: “Come see me finish this on stage at Roulette tomorrow night. Show is at 7pm, and I promise you, watching me and 21 other knitters, including Janusz Jaworski, will NOT be like watching paint dry. It will be way fun. Performance knitting, who knew? Jobina Tinnemans knew. :) “
…at Columbia University. Pretty impressive environment.
First rehearsal with everyone, ensemble plus knitters, just one day before the performance…
New York appartement rehearsal….
Knitters Luba, Gali, and Janusz – please come forward lady in green! she’s a knitter, too
in the Paula Cooper Gallery, featuring works by Missy Mazoli and Meitar Ensemble
Yotam Haber, artistic director of MATA and our wonderful host and MATA founder Eleonor Sandresky
more photos here! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=512989652072096&set=a.512989092072152.1073741827.100000831962030&type=1&theater
Incredible!!! – thank you, Ana Maria Alcocer Otero, for your great effort and enthusiasm. It’s very inspiring.
MATA‘s photo: “Could this be the longest scarf knit for Jobina Tinnemans’s “Killing Time” project? Ana Teresa Alcocer Otero in Montreal. Come see on April 19th.http://bit.ly/173ey5o“
The journey of a prepared knitting needle! Versions 01 and 02 – for use in conjunction with the NAÏENI.
more photos here! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152755337270711&set=a.10152650292120711.1073741826.239790420710&type=1&theater
Gaynor captured yesterday’s rehearsal in Tregwynt Mansion’s ballroom. Very exciting moment to check everything is working and it all went well. What fab people are here in and around Fishguard! There were some very useful comments to help polishing it off.
Lysa Chen is one of the knitting soloists, this is just great! Thank you, Lysa, it’s all coming together. x
more photos here! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151397621602861&set=a.10151397621547861.1073741826.58332232860&type=1&theater
on Lizzy Stonhold‘s wall: Think this picture sums up our afternoon the best, Jobina explaining her fantastic project for the MATA festival in NYC, our FAS Knitting Jazz group furiously knitting the white ‘score’, beautiful daffodils on display in Seaways Bookshop, and the paper bird, little did we know at this stage, three of us would be knitting sounds of birds!!! – a wonderful afternoon! :-)
Starting knitting myself eventually although I’m very slow: an attempt to join in. At the MATA performance there will be knittings made in NYC, Pembrokeshire and Montreal! According to Janusz there were some people in Oregon who would love to join in in the performance if it was closer. It’s all very exciting.
Done. Sheetmusic with the knitters ensemble included on paper in my hand - chuffed to bits!