Bridget Hayden & Ignatz + Pierre Berthet & Rie Nakajima

22/09/2017 - 22/09/2017

a SMOG-night at les ateliers claus with 2 duo-concerts.

Bridget Hayden (uk) & Ignatz (b) will reside at les ateliers claus during one week and show the result on this night.

Bridget Hayden wrote history as a violinist with Vibracathedral Orchestra, the mother of early twenty-first century European avant-garde drone rock. In 2006 she left the band to focus on her own work, which alongside that of intense drone pieces also includes poetry, film and painting. With guitar and viola she exorcices the heavy noise from her body.

In 1910, the illustrator George Herriman created the Krazy Kat comic strip. Ignatz, a vicious mouse, was Krazy Kat’s arch enemy, and his favourite pastime was to throw bricks at Krazy Kat’s head (who misinterpreted the mouse’s actions as declarations of love). Belgian artist Bram Devens uses Ignatz as his alter-ego, and comes armed with his own pile of bricks; sparse, emotive songs born of the human condition, wrapped in effects, corroded by tape, driven forth by improvisation and spontaneity.

Ignatz’s songs stem from a familiar stripped folk framework, with Devens’ delivery recalling the louche primitivism of V.U. or Henry Flynt – but these songs sound inverted, cast adrift, their cool touch belying a stymied heat beneath the surface. Where Devens’ fretwork is adorned, it is executed with a refined coarseness. Autonomous loops entwine each other. Songs brush past percussion, bass notes, or a scant keyboard motif. A voice recedes from the heart of the song into a dislocated, cracked drawl.

Pierre Berthet (b) & Rie Nakajima (jap):

Tin cans, whistles, locomotive suspension springs, porcelain bowls, compressor top bells, ping pong balls, agave dry leaves, sponges, steel wires, branches, paper foils, plastic bags, silver papers, pink gloves, piano, balloons, buckets, feathers, water, scraps, peebles, flower pots, guitar, metal tubes, paulownia tree seeds, pearls, bamboo sticks, logs, bones, stones, filter queens…

RN and PB have been creating various ways to vibrate things so that their acoustic shadows dance around: invisible air volumes that reshape constantly, move in the space, enter in the most secret places and inside ourselves. A way to get closer to things inherent spirits is to listen to them. Eventually encouraging them to produce sounds and resonate by various means: to hit, caress, shake, beat, scrape, scratch, claw, boil, clap, rattle, rock, throw, move, magnetize, clamp, cook, pinch, galvanize, motorize, bow, blow, pluck, heath up, let flow, freeze, drop, drip, connect, roll, mix, extend, sing…

Tinnen blikjes, fluitjes, bewegende veren, porseleinen kommen, bellen, pingpongballen, agavebladeren, sponzen, staaldraad, takken, papieren omhulsels, zilverpapier, roze handschoenen, piano, ballonnen, emmers, veren, water, vodden, bloempotten, gitaar, metalen buizen, zaden van de paulowniaboom, parels, bamboestokjes, hout, botten, stenen, …

RN en PB hebben verschillende manieren gevonden om dingen te laten vibreren en akoestische schaduwen te laten ronddansen: onzichtbare luchtvolumes die voortdurend van plaats veranderen, in de ruimte bewegen, en in de meest geheime plaatsen en in ons lichaam binnensluipen. Een manier om dichter bij de geesten te komen die in de dingen leven, is door naar hen te luisteren. Door hen aan te moedigen geluiden te produceren en door hen te doen resoneren door verschillende middelen: slaan, strelen, schudden, kloppen, schrapen, krabben, klauwen, klappen, wiegen, gooien, bewegen, magnetiseren, aanklampen, koken, knijpen, galvaniseren, motoriseren, buigen, blazen, plukken, opwarmen, laten vloeien, bevriezen, laten vallen, verbinden, rollen, mengen, verlengen, zingen, …

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