Jobina Tinnemans on her MATA composition ‘Killing Time’ and its film ‘Killing time in New York’


re-blogged from Sound And Music article …

Originally posted on The Sampler Blog:


MATA festival in New York, founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa, commissioned Jobina Tinnemans out of over 600 submissions to write a new work for their 2013 edition:

I often include non musicians to be part of my ensemble, who, by their activity, create a rhythm or sound secondary to their action, for the particular timing it generates. I currently live in Pembrokeshire and for this work I approached its majestic coastal soundscape as an education in timing of my music. In order to keep the timing of a field recording alive and natural – since it’s a document, much like a photograph is – I dissected the recording of a flock of arctic terns into single calls and turned them into a software instrument to be live reconstructed again, back into a flock of birds, at the MATA concert in New York. The sound segments needed to be triggered in a nonlinear way and I used…

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Some sound to all the talking

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 )


Film trailer of ‘Killing time in New York’

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)



Concert and Film Première, Oct and Nov

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.

St.Daivds 25th October

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 Sept 21

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.
A sneak preview of the manuscripts, the ‘Silent Auction Selections’, is on the social net

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:

knitting Pwll Deri soundscape

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.

jobinatinnemans-killingtimephoto by Philip Clarke

hear me in your copy of Ableton Live 9

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!

Ableton Live 9 BLATNOVA

Why me? …it’s on

This is an episode on 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.

Killing Time concert, 2013 MATA festival NYC

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.

KillingTime-JobinaTinnemans-videostillvideostill from footage shot by Ted Schaeffer




photos by Andy Wheddon

MATA Quinceañera opening evening


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

Quinceanera-Yotam and Eleonor

Yotam Haber, artistic director of MATA and our wonderful host and MATA founder Eleonor Sandresky

more photos here!

Tregwynt Mansion tryout

Fishguard Arts Society, Cymdeithas Celfyddydau Abergwaun : “Last night in the Ballroom, Tregwynt Mansion, a rehearsal for ‘Killing Time composed by Jobina Tinnemans. The work ‘Killing Time’ is for 5 knitters, piano, guzheng, clarinet, cello and electronics and will be performed in Brooklyn, New York on the 19th of April was commissioned by the 4 day young composers Mata festival, co-founded by Philip Glass.”


knitting in Pembrokeshire

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! :-)

knitting in Seaways bookshop

Knit knit knit

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.

JT knitting attempt

Knitting Jazz NY

(via Knitting Jazz on facebook) Lizzy and Jobina putting their heads together about Knitting Jazz in New York! Jobina has written a contemporary classical music composition for 5 knitters, which will be performed at the MATA festival on the 19th of April. She wants to bring some Welsh knitting to the Brooklyn stage, because the outdoors here is what inspired her music and since she started working on this piece, about a year ago, the knitting has become alive and kicking in Fishguard, thanks to Lizzy and everyone involved! After the concert the knits will return and passed on to Lizzy for her Aberjazz project.

J&L Daffs