third edition festival : Sean McCann — New Music for Public Ensemble Leila Bordreuil / Zach Rowden Nicole Mitchell / Black Earth Ensemble

9 Feb 2018 - 19:30


Sean McCann. New music for public ensemble

McCann was born in California in 1988 in a small beach town called Goleta. He now resides in Los Angeles. He has been publishing albums since 2007, utilising an array of instruments including violin, piano, & voice. His first fully realised album, Music for Private Ensemble (2013), found the artist multi-tracking and performing dozens of layers of instruments and sounds to form a one-man-orchestra. The logical followup album, Music for Public Ensemble (2016), lassoed in 30 other musicians to join and puzzle together a 2xLP of lush chamber works, choral pieces, & text-sound compositions.

For this performance, McCann will present a new work for a nine-piece ensemble including:

Sean McCann, voice & tapes
Johan Arrias, Clarinet
Leila Bordreuil, Cello
Christer Bothén, Bass Clarinet
Ville Bromander, Double Bass
Sarah Davachi, Piano
Anna Lindal, Violin
Marie Sjåvik, Voice
Mariam Wallentin, Voice


Leila Bordreuil / Zach Rowden

Bordreuil/Rowden is Leila Bordreuil (US/FR) on cello and Zach Rowden (US) on contrabass. This duo acts as a culmination of the players diverse influences, ranging from harsh noise to spectral music and everything in between. Bordreuil/Rowden focuses on the abstract sonic possibilities of their respective instruments through extended technique and creative amplification methods, with a fierceness that takes forms as varied as grating noise-scapes and and low tranquil drones. They released Hollow, their debut album, on the excellent No Rent Records in May 2017, and have been extensively touring the US and Europe since then. For fans of Morton Feldman and Hijokaidan alike.

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist and composer working in the realm of improvisation, noise music, and sound art. The New York Times has described her work as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”.

Bordreuil’s cello playing focuses on the inherent sonic qualities of her instrument, paying careful attention to timbre and texture. She challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and imaginative amplification methods. Her composed works frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multi-channel installations.

She has collaborated/performed with many artists such as Marina Rosenfeld, Eli Keszler, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, Toshimaru Nakamura, Lee Ranaldo, Bill Nace, Weasel Walter and Lea Bertucci. Her work has been showcased at The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, The Stone, Café Oto (London), All Ears Festival (Oslo), Ausland (Berlin), Ftarri (Tokyo) and many basements across the US. Leila Bordreuil is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow in Composition, was a visiting composer at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (2017), and an artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room (2016).

Zach Rowden (USA) deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities of the upright/electric basses. He is a soloist in Iancu Dumitrescu and the late Ana Maria Avram’s Hyperion Ensemble. Current collaborators include Tyshawn Sorey, Paul Flaherty, Michael Foster’s The Ghost, Robert Black, Chris Cretella, Matt Sargent. Charmaine Lee and Gus Caldwell.

Venues that have welcomed him include Harpa (Reykjavik), Romanian Radio Hall (Bucharest), Cafe Oto (London), Heimathafen Neukölln (Berlin), Issue Project Room (New York), Firehouse 12 (New Haven), and Real Art Ways (Hartford).


Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble

The innovative, boundary-smashing work of Nicole Mitchell, whom Chicago Reader music critic Peter Margasak has hailed as the “greatest living flutist in jazz”, has contributed new life to Afrofuturism in the 21st Century. A voracious reader of science fiction since her youth (Afrofuturist author Octavia E. Butler in particular has exerted a heavy influence on her music), the musician, composer and educator has released a string of albums that fold themes centered around technology, spirituality, race and gender into profoundly exploratory jazz that oftentimes reaches far beyond the genre in which it is rooted. Her vast sound can and often does encompass contemporary classical, globally oriented fusion, gospel, spoken word, funk-inspired groove research and even brittle shards of avant-rock.
With Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE Records; May 2017) she uses science fiction to pose the question, “What would a world look like that is truly egalitarian, with advanced technology that is in tune with nature?”

Mandorla Awakening II explores what Mitchell describes as the “collision of dualities.” The work chronicles the journey of a couple as they find themselves navigating between two civilizations: the World Union, a crumbling society rampant with injustice and inequality, and Mandorla, a utopia where spirituality, technology and nature coexist harmoniously. The former is masculine, hierarchical and violent while the latter woman-centered, egalitarian and peaceful.

avery r young: vocals
Kojiro Umezaki: shakuhachi
Nicole Mitchell: flute, electronics
Renée Baker: violin
Tomeka Reid: cello, banjo
Alex Wing: electric guitar, oud
Tatsu Aoki: bass, shamisen, taiko
Jovia Armstrong: percussion

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Doors: 19:30 / Starts: 20:00

advance tickets: 220 SEK (general entry) / 180 SEK (students/fylkingen medlemmer)
door tickets: 250 SEK / 200 SEK
festival pass: 550 SEK

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