Ariel Kalma / Cara Tolmie

31 May 2018 - 19:00

Maternal Voice, Oma333 and Fylkingen proudly present:

Ariel Kalma in concert, plus a performance by Cara Tolmie
Thursday May 31st
19 - 23

Ariel Kalma

"Ariel Kalma is the kind of musician that collectors live their lives to find at the bottom of a dollar record bin, and the kind who fellow musicians hope to become. He is a composer who worked on the periphery of a fringe movement, whose early adherents have recently seen an explosion in popularity, despite spending the last few decades in relative obscurity. In his youth, Kalma traveled the world experimenting with a vast array of instruments and genres, from free jazz and minimalism to experimental electronic music, fusing them into a completely unique sound that was all his own from the beginning." (Redefine Mag)

Born and raised in Paris, France, Ariel started playing the recorder at age 9 and saxophone at 15. During his successive studies of Electronics, Computer Science, Music and Art in Paris, Ariel performed with several bands, then toured the world and visited Europe, Japan, India, Eastern Canada, and parts of the USA. All the travels broadened Ariel's musical horizons tremendously; listening to and playing with different styles, people, and instruments, intricate scales, techniques, timing and rhythms.

After learning circular breathing from a snake charmer in India, Ariel practiced it on soprano sax - for many sleepless nights - in the basement of a cathedral in New York (when he was not playing upstairs on the large harmonium). Returning to France in late '76, Ariel could include those endless notes into his own long-delay-effect system with which he toured, playing solo concerts. Ariel contributed to the birth of (then) new music genres: minimalist, space, ambient, new age, electronic etc.

Over 4 decades Ariel has released several vinyl LP's, cassettes, and CD's and his compositions have been used for modern dance-theatre, films, musical poetry, guided meditations, transformational groups. Earlier this year a 4 LP box set of unreleased music was released under the name "French Archives 1977-80" on Italian label Black Sweat Recordings.

"Stretching from harsh abstract electronics, sublime done, and rippling melodic works for synthesizer, organ, and other acoustic instruments... Ariel Kalma strays considerably closer to the efforts of ambient Krautrock pioneers like Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh.... Absolutely stunning on every count. Unquestionably one of the most beautiful and important releases of the year." SoundOhm

"The occult and arcane music of Kalma awakens consciousness, expands chakras, sculpts memory indelibly, appears to encompass all the emotional aspects of the universe, and brings its listeners back to the archetypal moments of creation. What is most impressive is the variety of atmospheric stimuli, the rich source of inspiration and compositional mastery." Forced Exposure

In 2014 Brooklyn based label RVNG Intl, endless stalwarts of the good stuff, released "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979) thereby adding Ariel to their amazing roster of Holly Herndon, Craig Leon (Suicide's producer), Julia Holter, Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being) and Harald Grosskopf.

"... A document that attempts to throw light on his Kalian approach to the notion of ambient, his desire to suspend your disbelief or extend it on the tensile drop of rain from a leaf’s tip or the fluxing contours of cloud-gathering skies... This is music to dissolve into, a biomorphic mirror glinting harmonically in your mind, cosmically groping towards the infinite." FREQ

Highly recommended for fans of Don Cherry, Terry Riley, Jon Hassel, Laraaji, Suzanna Ciani, La Monte Young, and Charlemagne Palestine and any kind of deep beautiful music.

Almora Sunrise:
Les Temps des Moissons:

And a fine insight of his world and life can be found in this mini documentary "An Evolutionary Music" here:

Cara Tolmie

Cara Tolmie works from within the intersections of performance, music and moving image. Her works probe the site-specific conditions of performance-making by finding ways to vocalise and place her body that access the political and poetic capabilities of physical, written and musical languages.

Recent performances, such as Cancamon, Incongruous Diva and Bold Enough to Launch A Thousand Ships look more specifically at the affective economies that attach themselves to the role of ‘The Singer’. These works ask questions about whose emotions the singing voice acts as a locus for and tests ways that the performing body can disrupt the flows of value that profit from this voice.

Collective practice is an intrinsic component of Cara’s ongoing work. She collaborates regularly as ULAPAARC with Paul Abbott; as a quartet with Will Holder / Paul Abbott / Seymour Wright; on collective vocal group DRANG with Mia Edelgart, Deirdre Humphreys, Katrine Gjerding and Anna Waerum; and with artist Patrick Staff on ongoing performance Litmus Shuffle. More recently Tolmie has also collaborated on new performance Aphelion Slip with dancer/choreographer Zoë Poluch and artist Kim Coleman using intelligent lighting, movement and sound.

Cara has also contributed to many other collective endeavours in facilitating events, pedagogic and expanded research practices. She is part of the editorial collective for Cesura//Acesso, a journal for music, poetics and experimental politics and is currently undertaking two funded research projects at Kungliga Konsthögskolan in Stockholm - Gender of Sound with Susanna Jablonski and The Glossary of the Event with Frida Sandström and Aleksei Borisionok. In November 2017 she programmed AMIF 17 (Artists Moving Image Festival) at Tramway, Glasgow together with Laura Guy in association with LUX Scotland.

She has exhibited and performed in a wide range of contexts including Tate Modern; Kunst Werke, Berlin; Tramway, Glasgow; Cafe OTO; Spike Island, Bristol; with KUDA in Novi Sad; Norberg Festival; Block Universe Performance Festival, London; Chisenhale Gallery; with PS/Y for Hysteria Festival, London; Counterflows Festival; Fylkingen; Sixty Eight Art Institute, Copenhagen; CCA Glasgow; Whitechapel Gallery; Galleri Box, Göteborg; RavenRow, London; South London Gallery. Funded residencies include - Rupert, Vilnius; Cove Park and Hosptialfield House, both in Scotland.

Cara’s work has been written about in publications by Salomé Voegelin - Sonic Possible Worlds: Hearing the Continuum of Sound and Mason Leaver-Yap for A Sensible Stage and has been featured in The Wire, After all Online and Frieze magazines. She has also published her own writing in journal FR David and recent publication Objects of Feminism edited by Maja Timmonen and Josefine Wikström.
She was selected to be part of Mejan Residents at Kungliga Konsthögskolan in Stockholm 2015-16 and LUX Associate Artists Programme 2009-10. She is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award 2016-19.

Till it Feels Alright (2015)
Incongruous Diva (2016) an outstanding performance at Fylkingen which is all shades of everything;
Hysteria and Art: Traumatic Coincidences’ Symposium by PS/Y (2017)

Samproduktion med Maternal Voice och Oma333