April LIVE dates

‘Jobina Tinnemans as BLATNOVA’ establishes a magical biotope where acoustic ecology, science fiction, minimalism, sound processing and songwriting can coexist peacefully next to each other. From this recipe Jobina cooks up a weird alchemy: while you’re listening you will discover a little door in the speakers of your soundsystem. You pass and enter a new universe.’

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April 8 – CAM’17 Festival Cardiff, Sunflower&I  – experimental music festival curated by Gwenno Saunders, do check it out if you are in the area.

April 21 – Disconcert event, St.Paul’s Church, Worthing

April 29 – John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: ‘Sounds from the Smoky Bay’ music festival in Hull UK Capital of Culture 2017

 

It’s a cross-genre programme on grand piano with electronics, field recordings and page turners on multiple speakers. I found that the best way to explain the concept to myself was by adopting the moniker ‘Jobina Tinnemans as BLATNOVA‘ inspired by etched illustrations of a Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ version with ‘Laurence Olivier as King Henry‘ I noticed on a friend’s very nicely decorated toilet.  Noisy experimental music and delicate song writing.
…or was it the other way round?

Each concert has it’s own poster. Why? Why not.

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ALSO IN APRIL ‘REFLECTIONS OVER VERISIMILITUDE’ COMING TO THE UK AT HULL CAPITAL OF CULTURE #hull’17

Sunday April 30th – City Hall, 2.30pm

‘Reflections over Verisimiltude’ is for choir and electronics, with mesmerising visuals by Jacob Tekiela, staged in the City Hall which is a magnificent venue. This is going to be good!
The concert is part of John Grant’s ‘North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from the Smoky Bay’ music festival programme.

About ‘Reflections over Verisimiltude’: last year I spent much time in Iceland collaborating with the South Iceland Chamber Choir and film maker Jacob Tekiela for my Moving Classics commission, produced by Curated Place. It premiered at the Cycle Festival in Kopavógur in October last year and received great appraisal. Supported by the PRS Foundation for Music we are adding a Hull edition to this concert for the cultural celebrations which are taking place during Hull’17.

Iceland and Hull have a long seafaring history together and this edition of ‘Reflections over Verisimilitude’ connects the people on both bays, as their echoes reflect over the ocean surface to each other. Voices of origin, wonder, despair, hope and love. Voices of Life.

Watch the Cycle Festival for Music and Art Iceland premiere concert here.

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Performing at John Grant’s music festival Hull’17

Very delighted to announce I’ll be performing solo at a very special event, organised for the arts festivities around Hull UK City of Culture ’17.

John Grant’s Atlantic Flux: Sounds from the Smoky Bay is a 4-day music festival and I’ll be playing on April 29th. More details to follow.

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CAM Cardiff performance April 8

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Icebreaker Premiere Concert

The premiere concert of Icebreaker‘s ‘System Restart’ tour went great last Wednesday! Being famous for it, the Icebreaker ensemble performed solidly with verve and emotion. It was the first time I heard all the works together, a two hour programme of immersive music. I have been attending several high profile Contemporary Classical festivals across Europe last few years with the usual demographic and here is a concert of non-pretentious, adventurous music. Music that doesn’t underestimate its own audience by faffing about in the name of concept. Music with balls. Music that takes you to places. #SystemRestartTour

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‘Sounds And Stories Live’ concert tomorrow

Helsinki friends – tomorrow, Saturday February 4th, is the opening of the new Maunula-talo from 14:00-15:30. Singer Ilona Korhonen will be performing Runo-laulu, a nearly forgotten Finnish singing style, accompanied by manipulated field recording electronics on prepared knitting needles, as the improvised soundtrack to the folk tale. We had our rehearsals today with our performing knitters and I can tell you Ilona’s storytelling singing is fabulous. So powerful. A folk story performance as contemporary as anything. Do come if you can, you won’t regret it. #soundandstorieslive

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Sounds And Stories Live

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On February 4th I’ll be performing the results of a one week residency working with the community of Maunula district in Helsinki, Finland, at the opening event of the new ‘Saunabaari‘ centre in Maunula. Produced by M-Cult#soundsandstorieslive

For this recital titled ‘Sounds And Stories Live – Folk Tales and Orchestrated Yarns’ I’ll be using the prepared knitting needles which were developed for my MATA NYC commission. The needles are attached to my custom made interface and when the knitting needles touch, whilst knitting patterns, they trigger sound files from my audio library. These sonic segments are played just as randomly timed as the knitting needles connect, creating murmuring textures of sounds. A fabric of life.

My audio library includes field recordings I’ll be making on location during my stay in and around Maunula. The soundscape sounds will create the musical accompaniment to a folk tale that will be narrated by a storyteller, much in the way that a pianist would live soundtrack a silent movie. Up to eight performing knitters are dedicated instruments forming a musical ensemble, each one associated with a different sound from nature. If a performing knitter hears their ‘trigger’ word, for example ‘the WIND blew’ they will start knitting and a gale will sound as part of the soundtrack experience as the story unfolds.

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The performance is intended to conjure up images and feelings of sitting together around a bonfire, recounting tales of our ancestors and the creatures that live beyond our perception, while the forces of nature whirl around us outside, adding to the stories’ cinematography. The selected field recordings will not only compose the sound of the performance, but also provide a document of the local sonic environment, archiving the sound of the current world this folk tale performance is situated in.

Middle panel of image above is a detail taken from an illustration from ‘The Mighty Mikko’ (1922) by Jay van Everen. Outer panels are traditional Scandinavian knitting patterns.

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photo by Minna Tarkka

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Recording the Dingus Soundtrack

I have surfaced! After two intense studio days of recording all 53 segments of the Dingus soundtrack. We’ve been slamming it, so proud of our achievement. The musicians were fabulous, bringing the compositions to life, very strong players, making it sound great. Barney on trumpet, Sean on trombone, Jon on percussion, Charlotte and Clare on violin and Andrew on double bass. Little bit of me on piano. Not all of them wanted to be in the photos, I will credit them in the Dingus broad- and podcasts. Neal at The Premises was a star, too. As were producers Mike and Jim. Well done team!

Next up I will be sound engineering the whole six episode production end of February. Can’t wait to hear the finished works myself.

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Reflections over Verisimilitude, Hull UK City of Culture edition

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My Moving Classics Kammerkor Sudurlands Iceland commission titled ‘Reflections over Verisimilitude’ is going to be performed at John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay in Hull city centre during the early May bank holiday, last weekend of April.

We will be working with local Hull singers. Each singer wears a microphone that picks up their voice by physical contact, triggering live on stage a transparent layer of composed echoes. Navigating through various landscapes and over ocean surfaces, these echoes, which started during the Iceland concert, find their coordinates in Hull, reflecting a verisimilitude of space, history and fiction.

This performance is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

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Dingus radio production

“As his eyes drew points of colour into focus they settled upon the silhouette made by the angular inflection of the back of a tailored jacket, worn by the woman it had been tailored for, and how the tailor had dreamt it would be.”

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Taken from ‘Dingus’, written by Mike Cooter, a ‘classic’ 1940s detective six episode radio series I’m finishing the soundtrack for right now.

Just so many minute lovely details in the script. Broadcast TBA.

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Dingus

Between Christmas and New Year I find myself diving into the Dingus universe with a warm welcome back like visiting and old friend. Familiar voices and places I’ve been to before. I composed all music to this radio series earlier this year and now I’m finishing off the arrangements, as we are disappearing into the studio mid-January to record the soundtrack with a six piece big band style ensemble.

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Cycle Festival Iceland concert videos

Filmmaker Brian FitzGibbon has documented my newest work ‘Reflections over Verisimilitude’ concert in wonderful videos which are now available on my Youtube channel. The concert visuals are by Jacob Tekiela. Embedded below is the second work of the concert. Performed by the South Iceland Chamber Choir, directed by Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, at the Cycle Festival for Music and Art in Kopavógur, Iceland, October 2016.

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Rehearsing Reflections over Verisimilitude

Kristín has been filming little bits of what we’ve been doing,
like this very Á-tonal rehearsal….

‘Á’ [au] meaning ‘stream’ in Icelandic, ‘Au’ is Aurum or Gold, symbolising the forceful energy of Elements before the dawn of human kind. It’s an exclamated ‘á!’ in Dutch. First letter of the alphabet. Bringing it all down to the bare minimum of just being. A waterfall of sfz frequencies.

First tests of singing with throat microphones and effects processing – the very long delays and echoes in ‘Eru Ur’ — at Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum.

Á – SKETCHING OUT ‘REFLECTIONS OVER VERISIMILITUDE’ #5

Next week Saturday, Cycle Festival, Iceland will feature a performance of a collection of six new works of mine titled ‘Reflections over Verisimilitude’. The South Iceland Chamber Choir will be singing alongside their own echoes diffused over multiple speakers and their filmed counterparts in various fictional landscapes. These echoes navigate through space, history and fiction.

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It begins at the beginning. ‘Á’ is the name of the opening piece, which translates as ‘river’ from Icelandic and pronounced as ‘Au’ in Latin, which is the abbreviation for ‘Aurum’ or Gold in the periodic table. ‘Á’ reflects the Elements before the dawn of language. The force of Nature. A free-fall to erodation.

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Gloria Omnia – SKETCHING OUT ‘REFLECTIONS OVER VERISIMILITUDE’ #4

Friday Night Disco!

Cycle Festival, Iceland, will feature a performance of a collection of six new works of mine titled ‘Reflections over Verisimilitude’. The South Iceland Chamber Choir will be singing alongside their own echoes diffused over multiple speakers and their filmed counterparts in various fictional landscapes. These echoes navigate through space, history and fiction.

‘Gloria Omnia’ is the final song of the six and after spending time navigating on the peninsula of Verisimilitude, we’re going to Space! Where choral meets Space Age Disco triggered by the live processing of the voices. No spoilers! I’m only giving you a Hint in the audio sketch below, because it’s just Too Much Fun. Gotta hear it live in surround sound!

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