[ 28. April 2016 ]

BERLIN – Legendary Japanese Impro Collective Marginal Consort – Berlin

Subject: Legendary Japanese Impro Collective Marginal Consort – Berlin

From: Manuela Benetton

Marginal Consort

June 6th, 2016, Doors 19 / Concert 19:30—22:30

St. Elisabeth Kirche — Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1SNIXJj

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


Marginal Consort

is a Japanese avant-garde improvisation collective composed of sound and

visual artists who were all students of Takehisa Kosugi

at the radical Bigaku

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

, and Chie Mukai, from

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 . Supported by

Initiative Neue Musik e.V. In cooperation

with Thirty Three Thirty Three


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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