SUAL Archives | 2016

Carte Bleu (Variation on Yves Klein: Symphonie Monoton-Silence)

Duration:       27‘50“
Featuring:     Tiziana Bertoncini, violin | Irene Kepl, violin | noid, violoncello | Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki, performance
Type:               Recorded live at SUAL 2016
Credits:          Audio recording and editing by AH

Carte Bleu

According to Yves Klein, Symphonie Monoton — Silence was conceived in 1947-48. The score, which indicates a rather diffuse date of 1947-1961, consists solely of a D major chord, arranged for orchestra and choir, and includes the durational specification of 5 to 7 minutes plus 44 seconds of silence. At a later point Klein will also describe his vision of 20 minutes of sound followed by a period of silence of equal length. However, such a performance was never realized during the life time of the artist. The starting point of CARTE BLEU is the actual premiere of the work at the Galerie internationale d’art contemporain in Paris on March 3rd, 1960, in conjunction with the opening of Klein’s exhibition Anthropométrie de l’epoque bleue. This event shows aspects of (live) painting, performance and music. In this sense, one can easily relate it to early Happenings of the 1960s. Unfortunately, there is no audio document, but a (silent) film and some photographs reveal valuable details of the performance situation and the spatial and musical setting (3 violins, 3 violoncellos, 3 singers). The overall duration of the performance is unknown, but may be assumed somewhere around 10 minutes. CARTE BLEU is not intended as a historical restaging of the original work, but rather a subjective interpretation and free variation, on the basis of the underlying acoustic and visual elements. Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki is in command of the visual and performative situation, while the musical realization lies in the hands of Tiziana Bertoncini, Irene Kepl and noid.

[Bernhard Gál]

Tiziana Bertoncini

After graduating in violin and in painting Bertoncini played as interpreter in orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Since many years she has been focusing on contemporary music, written and improvised. Her work is developing from interpretation ad improvisation towards composition and collaboration with artists of other medias. At the same time her interest is focused on the crossing and synthesis between visual elements and music/sound. She has been performing in many international festivals and contexts and has been part of numerous dance, theatre, video and multi-media projects, contributing the musical part of them. Her “solo” work includes composition, performance and installation. In 2011 her electro-acoustic piece “Nur Sand” was awarded at the competition Ferrari (r)écouté announced by hr2-kultur, ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics. She is part of the ensemble]h[iatus, which moves in the territories of improvisation and interpretation of contemporary pieces. She was artist in residence at “Bridge guard – Residential Art/Science Centre” in Stúrovo/SK, AIR Krems, Centre National de Création Musicale Césaré in Reims/F, Künstlerhaus Eckernförde and GEDOK Schleswig-Holstein.

Irene Kepl

The renowned violinist and composer studied classical violin, jazz and improvisation at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. For a decade now, she’s engaging explicitly in contemporary music, free improvisation and composition as well as jazz. Additionally, her work includes collaborations with theatres, film and dance. For her compositional work she has been chosen for grants and awards like the G. Mahler Prize, as well as the Theodor Körner Composition prize, the Talent Promotional Fund for Composition Upper Austria and the Starting Grant of the BKA for Music, Austria. Additionally, she’s been invited to residencies, most recently “music OMI” New York. Commissioned works for “Wiener Festwochen”, ORF Musikprotokoll, Brucknerfest Linz, Tossi Company Arnhem/NLD & Hamburg/Ger. As a musician she was invited to Klangspuren Tirol, Java Jazz Festival/IO, 12points/SE und Moers Festival/Ger. The most recent projects are: SololoS (CD Fou records 2017), Violet Spin (CD Listen Closely 2017), Ensemble Verso, Kepl & Holub (CD Slam records 2015), the resonators (CD Another Timbre 2016).

noid (aka Arnold Haberl)

composer . performer . improviser | auricular . cello . electronic devices

his musical approach can be described as fundamental research. his works span a wide range of contradictory outcome, from solos to compositions for ensembles, from sound installations to videos. using electronics as well as acoustical instruments. consequently denying the borderline between music and sound-art. this lead him to collaborations with artists of different fields – choreographers, like joão fiadeiro, colette sadler, akemi takeya, philipp gehmacher, etc. – visual artists as for instance alexander schellow, heike kaltenbrunner, erik hable or andré goncalves. as an improviser he performs among others with: klaus filip, taku unami, o.blaat, axel doerner, christian weber, erikM, dieb13, kazuhisa uchihashi, burkhard stangl, yan jun, taku han-noda, carl stone, mattin, etc. he is programmer for the “ppooll” project: an open source / copyleft / freeware, designed for live – improvisation, composition, interactive installations, etc… together with klaus filip (the main programmer) he was invited to present this software at the cycling74 user conference in san francisco april 2009 []. he is part of the organizing team for the annual “reheat” interdisciplinary festival [], and he was curating sound art exhibitions in the framework of the “konfrontationen nickelsdorf” festival in 2009 and 2010.

Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki

Born in Tokyo/Japan – studied dance and music in Vienna and Chicago. Scholarships for dance in Vienna, Salzburg and Chicago. Artistic director of the series “Tanzwerkstatt Metropol” 1988/89, Vienna. Member of Cie. Ariadone/ Carlotta Ikeda /Butoh and assistant of Carlotta Ikeda in Vienna (ImPulsTanz), Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Bordeaux a.o. 1991-1999. Solos: < Kokoron> premiere 1993, Festival f. zeitgenössische Kunst – Bolzano (I), Showwindow / display project 2009, LABfactory, Vienna / < BLANK > for “Untergang Art” a coproduction Tanzquartier Vienna and / <Nettó> tanz ist Festival f. zeitgen. Tanz, Dornbirn (A) 2013 a.o. – diverse solo and group projects (Cie.Aiko): Festival Transart Labin (K) / Haapsalu, Laanemetsa (Est) / Imagetanz Wien/ Q202,Wien / Soho in Ottakring / ‘tanz ist Festival für zeitgenössischen Tanz in Dornbirn’. Performances, living installations, performative interventions in public space, transdisciplinary projects. Projects focussed on environment and social critical topics: performance / flash mob at the UNO – City Vienna for the memorial day of Hiroshima and Nagasaki against the reopening of the nuclear power plants in Japan after Fukushima, co-initiator and artistic director for One Billion Rising Vienna – to end violence against women and girls in front of the Parliament in Vienna since 2013. Since 2015 head of OBRA – One Billion Rising Austria (non-profit association).

[info as of 12/2016]