Andrew Levine/Beam Splitter/Andrea Parkins
Fr, 27/03/2020, 21:00 Uhr
Echtzeitmusik / Elektronische Musik / Improvisation / Konzert

Quatuor BRAC // BEAM SPLITTER + Andrea Parkins

biegungen im ausland

Quatuor BRAC

In the Quatuor BRAC, four virtuoso string instrumentalists have come together: the Italian Tiziana Bertoncini, Soizic Lebrat (who replaced Martine Altenburger, the "A" in BRAC's original line-up), Vincent Royer and Benoît Cancoin from France. Improvisation is both the core competence and the preferred repertoire of this string quartet. The English description 'string quartet' fits much better to the playing style of the Quatuor BRAC, as the instruments are plucked, stroked, rubbed, knocked – and the voice is used again and again alongside the instruments.

Quatuor BRAC loves the confrontation with and the challenge of the unforeseen, exploring spatial acoustics, the performance situation and the interaction with the environment. The willingness to take such risks seems to stem from their shared self-confidence to forge new musical pathways in any given moment, giving the quartet a wonderfully scrappy brand of clarity.

BEAM SPLITTER: Audrey Chen and Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø
– is a duo for amplified voice, trombone and occasional analog electronics.

Utilizing the pure sounds of acoustic and closely amplified sound sources, the duo joins together two individual voices into a distinct dialog that delves beyond the borders of the corporeal elements of extended technique and sound. There is an intimacy and conflict that becomes evident as the two personas intertwine, in moments joining together seamlessly and in the next, being left with the feeling of irrevocable fracture. The two manage between these extremes with a kind of improvised grace that reveals an effort towards a common goal. It is an honest metaphor for a human relationship in process that even in the most serene moments can leave one raw and entirely exposed.


Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer, and electroacoustic performer known for her pioneering approach on her electronically processed accordion and investigation of embodiment and chance with her self-designed virtual sound-processing instruments. Described as a “sound-ist,” of “protean,” talent by critic Steve Smith, Parkinsʼ laptop electronics, amplified objects, and Fender-amped accordion create sonic fields of lush harmonics and sculpted electronic feedback, punctuated by moments of gap and rift.
Parkinsʼ works encompass multi-diffusion audio installations; electronic music pieces; electroacoustic solo and ensemble compositions; and sound for contemporary dance, experimental film and intermedia performance.
Parkinsʼ recent projects include her large-scale amplified performance drawing series, developed in 2017 when she was an invited resident artist at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida; and her site-based performance/installation, Two Rooms, Variation 1, for 40 loudspeakers and Solo Performer which premiered in 2016 at Akousma Festival in Montreal.

Quatuor BRAC

Tiziana Bertoncini, Violine
Soizic Lebrat, Cello
Benoît Cancoin, Bass
Vincent Royer, Viola

BEAM SPLITTER + Andrea Parkins

Audrey Chen, Stimme, Elektronik
Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Posaune, Elektronik
Andrea Parkins, Akkordeon, Elektronik

  • Bemerkungen zum Datum und Uhrzeit: Einlass 20:30 Uhr
  • ausland
  • Lychener Str. 60, Berlin
  • Barrierefreiheit: Sehbehinderung und Blindheit
  • Ticketpreis: 8 Euro
  • Kartenvorbestellung: Nur Abendkasse