THIS CONCERT HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN POSTPONED.
DNK Amsterdam & OCCII present:
Leider (Berlin, DE)
The Names (Amsterdam, Heerlen, NL)
Sam Dunscombe - bass clarinet
Nina Guo - voice
Rishin Singh - trombone
Derek Shirley - double bass
Sara Barbosa de Campos - voice
Seamus Cater - harmonica
Mariel Groven - violin, melodica
Jeroen Kimman - guitar
Koen Nutters - upright bass
Gert-Jan Prins - percussion
Aimée Theriot-Ramos - cello, voice
Germaine Sijstermans - clarinets
DNK DJ team: DJ Hannah C. & BAKÁH
Leider is an ensemble that plays songs by Rishin Singh and hails from the city of Berlin. A Fog Like Liars Loving, their debut album, is fragile and delicate music that reflects the darker side of urban living – themes of addiction, alienation, casual cruelty, and paranoia are present throughout – while maintaining an understated gallows humor.
Though difficult to categorize, they can reference the textures of Musique Concrète or the structures of Wandelweiser. They can also devolve into cascades of no-wave inspired noise and are almost always just at the edge of falling apart. These eight songs extend a patient hand to the listener, playing with chance and human idiosyncrasy: exposed instrumental playing where the hairs scraping across strings and the air required to produce a note are as important as the notes themselves. Hardly ever truly in tune or in time with one another, yet fully in conversation. Hardly a note that isn’t broken or damaged in some way – both antidote and mirror to the disintegration of sedentary life.
“A Fog Like Liars Loving is an argument in favour of human fragility and imperfection – what is scorned or sought to be transcended in current aesthetic and political discourse." – Rishin Singh “Led by composer Rishin Singh, this sublime ensemble fits neatly into the complex of Berlin musicians devoted to alternate tunings. Blending exquisite, enveloping long tones, the measured singing of Annie Gårlid and Stine Sterne, and stately, slowly unfolding melodies, Leider is an art-song combo that finds the commonalities in John Dowland, the Velvet Underground, and La Monte Young.” – Peter Margasak
The Names is a new Berlin/Amsterdam/Heerlen collective of creative musicians playing open, yet melodic, pieces in a Cage/Oliveros informed spectrum of improvised strategies and open-ended compositions. Giving homage to the Chicago tradition of AACM music as well as praise to progressive thinking in society, highlighting people such as Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Audre Lorde and composers such as Anthony Braxton, Eva-Maria Houben, and George Lewis, whose names, along with the names of band members and friends, have been used as the melodic or structural impetus of each composition.
Shaped by the ideas of critical music, listening and sounding practices, and the position of the post-musical, the group combines playing musical material with reflections on public space, society, and the world of ideas at large. For now, the music revolves around the open-ended compositions and arrangements of Koen Nutters, which serve as a conduit for each member’s personal and musical expressions. Each member, as a composer in their own right, is invited to contribute material to the collective’s repertoire.