Curated by Geoff Stern, SONIC SPACE consists of sound installations by artists who are active within the sound art scene in Berlin and internationally. The exhibition series explores sound’s materiality from a variety of artistic perspectives, reflecting the complex field of sound art in contemporary practice – from provocative noise manifestos and soundscapes of catastrophe to musical sculptures and conceptual critiques of social space.
Performance, 20 November 2014
Keyboard, prepared vibraphone, saxophone and electronics
As the electro-acoustic quartet SOEL, Rieko Okuda, Emilio Gordoa, Miriam Siebenstädt and Marcello Lussana create meditative sonic landscapes that gradually transform over time. Through repetition and almost imperceptible variations, Siebenstädt’s multiphonics on saxophone and Lussana’s electronic sound objects are layered with the overtones and noises of Gordoa’s prepared vibraphone and Okuda’s rhythmically and tonally ambiguous patterns on the keyboard.
RIEKO OKUDA, pianist and composer, began studying classical music at the age of 3 in Japan and later studied jazz in Philadelphia, where she became involved in free improvisation. She has performed with improvisational giants Marshall Allen, Elliott Levine (with Cecil Taylor) and Calvin Weston (with Ornette Coleman). In 2014 she worked with Japanese artist YUZU by arranging a song called ‘Amenochi Hareruya’, which was awarded the Japan Record Award.
EMILIO GORDOA is a mexican composer and vibraphonist involved in numerous projects in sound art, experimental music, noise, free jazz, improvisation and contemporary music, including his work as a soloist and in collaboration with theatre and dance. Seeking to redefine the vibraphone, he treats it with preparations and extended techniques. Gordoa is also a composer of graphic scores for a variety of ensembles for theatre, documentary films and audiovisual performances.
MIRIAM SIEBENSTÄDT, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist from Berlin, is involved in different projects that focus on minimalism, sound as sound, free improvisation and the use of extended instrumental techniques and preparations. She also works in the field of dance and produces music for experimental films and videos.
MARCELLO LUSSANA, composer, software engineer and free thinker, specialises in interactive music systems. The focal point of his work is the interaction between music and human movement. Lussana is based in Berlin and also produces audiovisual performances, dance and theatre.
The Art Space focuses on Brass musical instruments, for this wonderful experimental music concert line up! Microtonal Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, and Baritone Saxophone are accompanied by double bass and rotating bass drum.