Subject: Legendary Japanese Impro Collective Marginal Consort – Berlin
From: Manuela Benetton
June 6th, 2016, Doors 19 / Concert 19:30—22:30
St. Elisabeth Kirche — Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin
FB event: https://goo.gl/66oony
A rare 3-hour concert by the legendary avant-garde improvisation
collective Marginal Consort – their first ever appearance in Germany, in
the dramatic setting of Berlin’s St. Elisabeth Kirche
is a Japanese avant-garde improvisation collective composed of sound and
visual artists who were all students of Takehisa Kosugi
school of aesthetics in Tokyo in the ’70s. Founded in 1997, the
collective, which plays just one concert per year, is a reformation of
the East Bionic Symphonia
a large improvisation ensemble in the spirit of Kosugi’s Group Ongaku
and Taj Mahal Travellers
projects. Marginal Consort’s current line-up includes Kazuo Imai,
Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii and Masami Tada. The group also featured
previously artists Yasushi Ozawa, bassist in Keiji Haino’s Fushitsusha
dreamy psychedelic group Che-Shizu.
Marginal Consort’s extended set explores forms of sound and ways of
playing that never coalesce into music, but create a group dynamic of
ebb and flow, exploration and fluidity. A Marginal Consort show has a
fixed start and end time, but otherwise nothing else is predetermined.
All is temporary, flexible. Accidental or deliberate unison. The
musicians are physically separated in the performance space like
individual actors. The audience is encouraged to move around to
experience different aural perspectives of their dense, kaleidoscopic
and immersive performance.
“Listen with your eyes closed and individual sounds are impossible to
place. Like hearing a river flowing nearby. Alan Cummings” – The Wire
This is Marginal Consort’s final performance of 2016, following a show
at the St. John Church in Hackney, London.
Presented by Manuela Benetton and PAN
Initiative Neue Musik e.V.
with Thirty Three Thirty Three
SAVE THE DATE
Terry Riley with Gyan Riley
September 27th, 2016
Sophienkirche — Große Hamburger Str. 31, 10115 Berlin
Terry Riley piano, synthesizer and voice
Gyan Riley classical and electric guitars
Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley will be presenting a full-length
program of Terry’s music: intricate and often improvisational structures
containing elements of minimalism, jazz, ragtime, and North Indian raga,
the combination of which have defined Terry’s diverse and prolific career.
Presented in collaboration with Morphine Records