Sa, 09/11/2019, 19:30 Uhr
Komponierte Musik

Mantra Percussion | Jessie Marino

Michael Gordon's Timber performed by Mantra Percussion

Jessie Marino, Shirtology - Karaoke Version, an adaptation of Jérôme Bel's Shirtology (1997)

Michael Gordon's TIMBER is an evening-length tour de force. Scored for six graduated, amplified, wooden Simantras (2x4s). The work brings the physicality, endurance, and technique of percussion performance to a new level. In this work, Gordon shapes the music in both polyrhythmic and dynamic waves of textures—often each players' hands are in separate rhythmic "worlds," each traversing a different dynamic contour from loud to soft to loud, similar in some respects to his solo for percussion, XY.

Much of Gordon's music demonstrates a deep exploration into the extreme possibilities and stunning nature of rhythm, as well as the enriching, yet disturbing, multidimensionality of polyrhythmic layer—what has been termed in his music to be, "glorious confusion." Many of his works, including Trance, Gotham, Decasia, and Dystopia, point to Gordon's interest in complex rhythmic and textural territory. Timber takes these elements and explores the extreme possibilities of rhythm and texture to a beautifully intense degree. The evening-length work is indeed a unique and exciting addition to the world of percussion.

Timber was co-commissioned by the Dutch dance company, Club Guy and Roni, Slagwerk den Haag, and Mantra Percussion, with support from the Nief-Norf project. Mantra Percussion are Al Cerulo, Michael McCurdy, Joe Bergen, Chris Graham, Joe Tucker, and Mark Utley.

The NY Times and The New Yorker on Mantra Percussion's performance of Timber:

Jessie Marino's SHIRTOLOGY - KARAOKE VERSION is a reimagination of choreographer Jérôme Bel's Shirtology. Shirtology is also a piece of clothing, in fact many pieces of clothing. All of them are tee shirts. In this piece the performer interprets the "score" which is printed on the fronts of these tee shirts, all of which are found objects, collected from flea markets, thrift stores, or bartered for with friends or strangers on the street. After the performer interprets the score on each tee shirt, they remove one tee shirt to reveal the many many layers of tee shirts which are worn underneath. Their bodies are amplified and inflated by the many layers of the score, and as the piece proceeds we see that form may be unveiled through a simple process of ordering and counterpoint - that a common piece of clothing can be reimagined as a score with a specific set of instructions for things to do.

Jessie Marino is a composer/performer from New York. Her current work explores the virtuosity of common activities, ritualistic absurdity, and musical humor. Her works of Composed Theater rigorously score out sound, physical movements, lighting and staging and place them within highly organized time structures and musical forms.

  • Bemerkungen zum Datum und Uhrzeit: Doors at 19:30. Concert starts 20:30
  • KM28
  • Karl-Marx Str. 28, Berlin