KRÍA BREKKAN AT MENGI
On this day 1982 years ago the superstar Jesus Christ bathed the feet of his disciples and they then sat down at a table and sang and kissed. Hence Kristín Anna will be playing and singing a collection of the most beloved songs from her repertoire on Maundy Thursday.
Kristín Anna – better known as Kría Brekkan -has for the last weeks been recording these songs that will soon be released.
PAMPERED SCALES is a Lecture fusing into Concert that enunciates and elaborates on GKO’s 40 years of research in music theory, psycho acoustics, instrument building, and covers Pre-Pythagorean Harmonics, to Just- and Well Tempered Scales, throughout the 20th century, terminating in the present century with Harmonic Mirrors and Generalized Periodicity as revealed in his album Dense Time and sequential work, both on and off-screen.
In his two hour Lecture/Concert, GKO will be accompanied by three fellow musicians, which jointly address and extend the senses, phases, elements and freedoms, to reveal a totality of 28 compartments as means to express human affairs via multidisciplinary conduct of art and science.The team will further reflect on GKO’s extensive work and collaboration with musicians and bands such as ÞEYR, KILLING JOKE, KUKL, ELGAR, MEGAS, PSYCICK TV, CURRENT 93, to name but a few, up to his latest 2015 compositions.
To complement the Lecture, an arsenal of musical and tonal examples will be scattered throughout the event, with or without video footage, and will terminate in a full blown concert, building on the material presented before.
These two space-faring individuals present sounds of sonic dystopia and improvised geometry that promises to emancipate the mind and fascinate the senses. Their set will deliver both improvised and composed music, uniting textural and structural gestures that negotiate a point at the confluence of a spectrum of tributaries. These musicians venture to impose blindfolded architectures upon possibility and anticipation, in a manner that renders all script subordinate to the now.
Saxophonist Daniel Rorke, of Australian filiation, recently returned to Iceland after over ten years away performing, composing, studying and teaching Jazz and improvised music. He has been sighted throughout the globe in various musical contexts, from soloist with classical voices, to straight-ahead Jazz, to Free Jazz and experimental improvisation. His 2009 recording with Hilmar Jensson and a Norwegian rhythm section, recorded in the famous Rainbow Studios with Jan Erik Kongshaug, was described as “ground-breaking” by Lasse Haugen in Norway’s Jazznytt magazine.
Guitarist Hilmar Jensson will need no introduction to listeners of contemporary improvised music. His endeavours with Jim Black’s Alas No Axis, and his own group Tyft, as well as the cream of the European improvising avant-garde, stand as seminal works for an emergent vernacular of jazz that speaks in odd time signatures and divergent rhythmic groupings while channelling feeds of Jazz, electronic music and popular provenance. He has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings and appeared on over fifty records, including eight as a leader or co-leader.
The seventh Sequences Art Festival will be held from April 10th – 19th. We will display the works of two of the Sequences artists, Anne Haaning and Helgi Þórsson.
Sequences will also have a variety of events at Mengi during the festival. See below for details:
Exhibitions are open from 14-18.
Fri April 10th – from 8 – 11 pm
Openings – The Sequences VII bar inaugurated
Sunday April 12th from 5 – 7 pm
Lecture / Artist talk
AGM Culture 2015: Physical and Virtual. A reflection on the material and the immaterial in the context of Iceland, and how the phantom, amorphous nature of our contemporary digital image-world is reliant on an invisible infrastructure of underground ‘plumbing’. With artists Ed Atkins, Graham Gussin, Anne Haaning and Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson.
Introduced by Alfredo Cramerotti and conducted by Steven Bode, Director, Film and Video Umbrella, London, UK.
Monday April 13th
8 pm – Movie night: Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1959
Wednesday April 15th
4 pm – Downtown exhibition walk (Mengi, Ásgrímssafn, Hótel Holt, Harbinger)
Meeting point – Mengi, Óðinsgata 2
9 pm – AUN Concert (see separate event)
Thursday April 16th
9 pm – Mankan. Part of Sequences Off Venue program. (see separate event)
Saturday April 18th
8 pm Performance night
Performances by different artists. Details to follow…
About the exhibiting artists:
Bio: Anne Haaning (b. 1977) is intrigued by the endless production of digital media, ultimately to replace the ambition to end up with a finished product. In her recent works she has started to take interest in a kind of simultaneous digital myth mode, inspired by myths handed down from generation to generation for thousands of years.
Haaning graduated in 2004 from the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Architecture School in Copenhagen and in 2014 with an MFA from Goldsmiths University, London, England. She currently lives and works in London.
KhoiSan Medicine is an exploration of contemporary myth through the unlikely pairing of special effects youtube tutorials and anthropological studies of the KhoiSan – the aboriginal people of Southern Africa. Using fragmentary sound-bites and particle based animation it connects digital production and circulation with ancient beliefs about the spiritual nature of the universe. Here disintegration and physical entropy reigns aided by the resilience and adaptability of technology. It seeks to emphasise the instability of matter and identity in a digital context, and provocatively questions whether this immaterial anarchism might also offer us liberation from the very laws of physics.
Bio: Helgi Þórsson (b.1975) was born in Reykjavík. He studied Sonology at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, received his BFA from the Gerrit Rietfeld Academy in Amsterdam in 2002 and an MFA from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam in 2004.
Cosmic industrial duo AUN, forge their ambient-psychedelia into a glitchy-pulsing, waking dream experience.
Since their 2007 beginning, this Montreal power couple,
have performed 150+ concerts in over twenty countries, at such key events as Mutek, FIMAV, Roadburn, Phobos, Wave Gothic, Heart of Noise and will soon embark on
Japan, Europe and US tours.
Their critically acclaimed discography of over 15
albums, ep’s and splits on top avant-garde labels as: Imp
ortant (USA), Denovali (DE), Alien8 Recordings (Canada), Conspiracy (BE), has earned them a solid ever
growing international following.
The duo have recently completed two new albums, including a collaborative effort with noted french turntablist Philippe Petit (Lydia Lunch, Murcof) and a return to their home base at Cyclic Law records.
Martin Dumais: guitars, bass, organ, synthesizers, percussion, visuals
Julie Leblanc: synthesizers, theremin, percussion, vocals, visuals
MANKAN is a live electronics duo exploring the inner qualities of sounds and visuals using real time sampling and processing. They have developed a highly interactive setup providing a very open and intuitive playground. Both Tom and Vignir are experienced musicians and work simultaneously in very different styles of music, brass bands, instrumental indie music, classical choir singing, big band afro funk and of course electronic music. Vignir is also a visual artist, working with real time generative graphics through diverse installations and performances.
In their collaboration as Mankan they set out to investigate and put to the test their spontaneous musical nerve shootings. With the use of a very reactive rig, their performance offers a lively dialog between two artists with different backgrounds but sharing a very similar approach to Music.
At Sequences they will fully invest Mengi with an immersive setup.
Sölvi and Brian have played a lot together since Brian arrived in Iceland, last autumn, as a duo and in bigger combos as well. As a duo, they perform original compositions as well as other music with great creativity and adventurousness. They are not afraid to follow each other and explore new paths . The listening, understanding and the interplay is what matters in their music.
Sölvi Kolbeinsson was born in 1996. He began his saxophone studies at the age of eight and now studies improvisation with Sigurður Flosason and Hilmar Jensson in FÍH Music School. Sölvi received awards at Nótan-festival, as a classical soloist in 2010 and with a jazz combo in 2013. Sölvi has appeared as soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and 2014. Sölvi has performed at several festivals and venues in Iceland including The Reykjavík Jazz Festival, Iceland Airwaves, Hammond-festival in Djúpavogur, Kex Hostel and Tíu Dropar as well as performing weekly at the Monday-jazz at Húrra. Sölvi has taken lessons with Jim Black, Dick Oatts, Phil Markowitz and Jay Anderson, to name but a few.
Brian Massaka – Guitarist, composer and producer. He was Born in 1993 in Toruń (PL). Student of Syddansk Musikkonservatorium in Odense, Denmark. A creator and co-worker of various international bands, performing in European countries including, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, UK, Iceland and Estonia also being part of Polish and Danish jazz festivals. His music style finds Brian between modern jazz and classical music both in the improvisation language and composing. He also works as a music producer (Massaka Brain) moving around such musical areas as hiphop, electronic music, folk, experimental. He was recording music for many polish movies, TV series and theater plays. Works with international vocalists (Denmark, England, Belgium, Iceland). Being part of world-wide compilation of music producers called “Sound of Dopeness Vol. 01” released in Istanbul (Turkey) in 2014 is his the most recent achievement as a producer without counting various single releases. As a musician working in many different genres, taking care of mostly every part of creating musical product through composing, performing, recording, mixing and mastering, he knows and cares about the importance of balance and harmony in music.
Freely improvised music by Anne Andersson (horns) Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (drums) Richard Andersson (bass)
A Danish improvisor and composer living in Reykjavik. Her works as a composer extends from modern classical composition to jazz and avant-garde.
As a trumpet player Anne is based in the jazz field and drawn by the endless possibities in open improvisation. She is constantly experimenting with sounds and always trying to find new ways of communicate through her instrument.
Having studied and played both bebop/modern jazz and freely improvised music, Danish bassist Richard Andersson has a broad base in music. He has received numerous of rewards and positive reviews for his many projects with Danish and international musicians such as Jeff Tain Watts, George Garzone, Kresten Osgood, Phill Markowitz, Óskar Guðjónsson, Matthías Hemstock and many others. His musicality and style of playing is often referred to as strong, firm and expressive but yet insistently understated and humble.
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen:
Being one of the most sought after Icelandic drummers, Magnús appears frequently at Mengi. Magnús is working with a large number of bands and musicians including ADHD, Skúli Sverrisson and Moses Hightower.
The Spacesuits is an immersive installation featuring multimedia artworks by an international collective of over fifty musicians, working together to generate new concepts for paradise.
The Spacesuits explores the ideas of apocalypse, the afterlife, invented creation myths, and the re-writing of history, taking the work of the jazz musician and Afrofuturist, Sun Ra, as its inspiration. The installation will combine soundscape, videotaped performance pieces, photographs, small handmade books, and live performances by Futuregrapher, Björk Viggósdóttir, Lord Pusswhip, DJ Yamaho, Frosti Jonsson, and Good Moon Deer.
The Spacesuits collective is led by artists Anaïs Duplan and Winston Scarlett, and is sponsored by The AfroFuturist Affair, Pushdot Studio, and Philadelphia Printworks.
The Mengi show will be the first of The Spacesuits summer tour, a series of installations across North America. For information on the summer tour, see: www.thespacesuits.com.
// SCHEDULE //
— FRIDAY 24 APRIL —
INSTALLATION OPENS AT 18.00
19:00 – Bjork Viggosdottir
20:00 – Futuregrapher
21:00 – Dj YAMAHO
— SATURDAY 25 APRIL —
INSTALLATION OPEN FROM 12.00-18.00
19:00 – BistroBoy
20:00 – Good Moon Deer
21:00 – Lord Pusswhip
A solo performance of new songs recorded recently with producer/collaborator Sandro Perri. There will be loops and some falsetto.
Mark Andrew Hamilton is Woodpigeon, a Canadian-born and based performer specializing in acoustic loops and self-harmonizing. Woodpigeon solo appeared at the 2012 Airwaves Festival and Hamilton is also a proud and happy member of EMBASSYLIGHTS alongside Benni Hemm Hemm (who made their Airwaves debut in 2014). Benni will be opening for Woodpigeon this evening.
Woodpigeon was coined in 2005 to shelter a revolving cast of Mark Hamilton’s musician comrades as they coalesced around his first songs. Since then, five full-length albums and at least a dozen other recordings have been released into the wild under the Woodpigeon banner. Hamilton, sometimes with guests but often alone, has toured Europe and North America alongside several artists (including Withered Hand, Jose Gonzalez, Iron & Wine, Grizzly Bear, Broken Social Scene, and Calexico), and been on the bill at a few festivals (Sled Island, The End of the Road, Haldern Pop, Field Day, Pop Montreal). The Woodpigeon entity has been involved in theatrical, cinematic, and performance events and featured on productions by many purveyors of fine musical exposure (CBC Radio, BBC, Radio France, Le Blogotheque, Black Cab Sessions, Bandstand Busking, Southern Souls, XFM and more). In 2010, Woodpigeon completed its first residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. While all of this has been wonderful, Hamilton wishes with all his heart that Woodpigeon could have had a Peel Session. Alas.
The second performance in a monthly series of improvisations where founding members of múm, Örvar Smárason and Gunnar Tynes improvise electronic music to accompany the silent film Menschen am Sonntag from the year 1930. The idea is to present a “work in progress” with the aim of ultimately writing a new score to the film or at least establishing a framework for a musical accompaniment to the film.
For their last performance múm appeared as a duo, but this time long-term collaborator and sometimes touring member of the band, Magnús Tryggvason Eliassen will join Örvar and Gunnar on drums and percussion. Magnús is well known for his work with amiina, ADHD, Moses Hightower and countless others. múm are known for their exploratory and exuberant approach to music which can yield eclectic results. The duo is currently working on pieces commissioned for the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig and will perform at Cappadox festival in the natural wonder of Cappadocia, Turkey in May.
Menschen am Sonntag is an often overlooked gem from 1930, a directorial debut for brothers Curt and Robert Siodmak and written by none other than Billy Wilder. Not only is the film one of the last of Germany’s silent era cinema, but it follows a weekend in the life of a group of Berliners and is a rare glimpse into the lives of young and carefree people in a city that would soon be submerged in a dark shadow.
The musical couple Guðmundur Pétursson (guitarist, composer) and Ragga Gröndal (singer, songwriter, pianist) will do a performance in Mengi on the 30th of April. The theme of the concert will be songs that explore solitude and the need to belong. Some of the songs also explore the woman and the mother in a broad perspective. The songs will be connected together through improvisation and the concert will aim at creating a beautiful flow of energy in the space between the musicians and the listeners.