New recording of Tomorrow I will build a house here…

A re­cording of en­semble mo­saik’s Bettina Junge and Mathis Mayr playing Tomorrow I will build a house here, if I can hold still back in October is now online:

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Tomorrow I will build a house… where?

By some spec­tac­ular fluke of nature — or rather the spec­tac­ular ini­ti­ative of some won­derful people — the emer­gent, self-organising con­scious­ness that is Tomorrow I will build a house here, if I can hold still is man­aging to tour Europe this December by hop­ping para­sit­ic­ally between mu­si­cians’ bodies. Try to make one of these performances:

06.12 | London | Zinajda Kodrič + Myriam Garcia Fidalgo (clapTON Ensemble)
07.12 | Paris | Paolo Vignaroli + Karolina Öhman
12.12 | Graz | Zinajda Kodrič + Myriam Garcia Fidalgo (Schallfeld Ensemble)
16.12 | Basel | Paolo Vignaroli + Karolina Öhman
20.12 | Berlin | Bettina Junge + Mathis Mayr (en­semble mosaik)

There are fas­cin­ating dif­fer­ences to be dis­covered in the way each duo handles the piece, so suf­fice it to say it’s a pretty ex­citing month for me.

Map of locations of December 2014 performances of ‘Tomorrow I will build a house here, if I can hold still’


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rumour — distant land in Bludenz

Berlin-based quartet DieOrdnungDerDinge are going to give the first per­form­ance of ru­mour — dis­tant land at tonight’s opening event of this year’s Bludenzer Tage zeit­gemäßer Musik. We’ve been hard at work since late on Tuesday and the whole evening should be mem­or­able. (It will also fea­ture vocal per­form­ances from the spec­tac­ular Ute Wassermann.) Thanks go to everyone who has made this happen!

Die Ordnung der Dinge rehearsing in Bludenz

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ensemble mosaik at Harvard

ensemble mosaik poster, 4 October 2014On Saturday, 4 October, Berlin-based en­semble mo­saik are per­forming at Harvard University. The cul­min­a­tion of a weeklong res­id­ency, they are presenting new pieces by Trevor Bača and Josiah Wolf Oberholtzer as well as per­form­ances of some of Sivan Cohen-Elias and Stefan Prins’s most re­cent music. My latest piece, Tomorrow I will build a house here, if I can hold still, a duo for flute and cello, is also on the programme.

In my case, I can’t thank Bettina Junge and Mathis Mayr enough for their hard work and thoughtful re­hearsal. It has been a real pleasure.

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Darmstadt 2014

Summer is drawing to a close and I’m flying back to the USA. Before it ends, here we are in Darmstadt, work­shop­ping ideas for a new work, ru­mour — dis­tant land, with Gwen Rouger, Franco Venturini and Simon Steen-Andersen. Experiments with the mu­si­cians of soundini­ti­ative will in­form the use of cas­sette players in my work being premiered by DieOrdnungDerDinge in November at the Bludenzer Tage zeit­gemäßer Musik.

Workshop with soundinitiative and Simon Steen-Andersen (Photo © soundinitiative/Joshua Hyde)

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    Chris Swithinbank is a British-Dutch com­poser who works with both acoustic in­stru­ments and elec­tronic sounds. He is cur­rently a stu­dent at Harvard University with Chaya Czernowin.
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