Ringing in CTM’s 15th birthday with a sonorous, multi-coloured palette of resonances, the CTM 2014 Opening Concert brings together two powerful musical collaborations between musicians that are renowned for their visionary navigations on some of electronic music’s choppy, uncharted waters.
Charlemagne Palestine is a highly influential experimental American musician, composer, performer and visual artist who creates intense, ritualistic music which he refers to as "resonant music", in contrast to the "minimal music" of his peers such as Phillip Glass. Palestine will accompany his ringing chants with grand piano and electric organ when he performs together with Mika Vainio, himself a tireless researcher of resonances in electronic music through both his solo work and as one half of Pan Sonic. Palestine and Vainio have previously collaborated together in other configurations, most recently with Belgian genre-crossing percussionist Eric Thielemans, who works from a classically trained ear via jazz drumming, free improve and contemporary music. While Vainio and Palestine plan to continue collaborating as a trio with Thielemans, CTM Opening Concert marks a special world premiere and unique appearance of Vainio and Palestine together in duo.
LAST-MINUTE CHANGE: We regretfully inform you that, due to illness, Mika Vainio is unable to participate in the CTM 2014 Opening Concert. Rhys Chatham, a contemporary of Palestine’s who first became widely known as one of the key figures of New York's No Wave scene in the late 1970's, will join Palestine in duo, adding glistening layers of trumpet, flute, and electric guitar to Palestine’s rumbling piano and electric organ drones.
Directly preceding Vainio and Palestine are Thomas Köner and Asmus Tietchens, who will perform Makrophonie, the first studio album of their Kontakt der Jünglinge project. As with the project name itself, Makrophonie is an obvious nod to Germany’s most emblematic figure in electronic music, Karlheinz Stockhausen, whose 1964 piece "Mikrophonie I" predated the sound aesthetics of industrial music.
The project’s blend of generations, from Stockhausen to Tietchens, who was among the first in Germany to connect to the new industrial music evolving in the UK from the late 1970s on through artists like Throbbing Gristle or Nurse With Wound, and from Tietchens to Köner’s pioneering work in industrial techno as one-half of Porter Ricks, reflects aspects of the CTM 2014 Dis Continuity theme, which focuses on hidden connections between past and present musical experimentation by fostering dialogue between musical pioneers and a younger generation of artists.
Charlemagne Palestine is an American artist, performer and composer whose work has garnered a devoted following since he began in the early 1960s. A contemporary of Phillip Glass, Michael Nyman, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich, he has recently collaborated with a diverse range of experimental musicians including Pan Sonic, David Coulter, Tony Conrad, and Janek Schaeffer.
Kontakt der Jünglinge is a cross-generational collaboration between sound artists Thomas Köner and his friend and mentor, Asmus Tietchens. The project is an homage to Stockhausen, playing on the titles of two of his most famous pieces, “Gesang der Jünglinge” (1955-56), described as "the first masterpiece of electronic music" ( Bryan Simms in Music of the Twentieth Century: Style and Structure. New York) and “Kontakte” (1958-60), one of Stockhausen’s paradigmatic early works.
Rhys Chatham is a composer, guitarist and trumpet player from Manhattan, currently living in Paris, who altered the DNA of rock and created a new type of urban music by fusing the overtone-drenched minimalism of the early 1960s with the relentless, elemental fury of the Ramones — the textural intricacies of the avant-garde colliding with the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock.
Mika Vainio’s untimely passing shook the world of experimental electronic music, leaving behind a formidable legacy that continues to influence countless artists. As one half of the Finnish minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic with Ilpo Väisänen, Vainio helped bridge the worlds of drone, techno, and noise.
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