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Phoniculture - Sound out !

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2 July 2022, Auberge des Vergers, Meyrin (Geneva)

Phoniculture, Auberge des Vergers, Meyrin (Geneva)

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Phoniculture is a day of sound accessible to all, proposed by Konnekt in partnership with the Auberge des Vergers. Konnekt wishes to make innovative artistic projects accessible to as many people as possible by bringing together a series of sound experiences:

2pm; 4pm and 6pm Sound Walks - Tim Shaw

The artist Tim Shaw proposes three "sound walks" in the Vergers district, based on recordings of the surrounding sounds. The audience is equipped with headphones follows a route during which the environment takes the form of a soundscape.

Recommended for families!
Registration: info@konnekt.co

Specify time slot (2pm/4pm/6pm) 15 people max. spontaneous participation possible within the limits of available places.

Conscious price - suggested 10.- chf Meet 15 minutes in advance in front of the Auberge des Vergers

8.30 pm Concerts - 4 improvised solos

To continue this series of sound experiments, Konnekt proposes a concert in the hall of the Auberge which will feature four improvisers from the four corners of the world. Dirar Kalash (saxophone / oud, Palestine) Tizia Zimmermann (accordion, Switzerland), Jasper Stadhouders (guitar, Netherlands), and Nicolas Field (drums & electronics, Switzerland)

Price conscious - suggested price 10.- chf

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21 May 2022, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva

Speakers speak, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva

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Konnekt is lucky enough to bring the artist Gerriet K. Sharma and his 3D speaker IKO. The IKO is intended to be an instrument in its own right, as its capabilities for rendering sound in space are unprecedented. Following two days of workshops led by Gerriet K. Sharma, the IKO will be the focus of an evening of concerts and playback.

Entry : 10.-

19 & 20 May 2022, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva

Workshop with Gerriet K. Sharma, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva

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"Spatial Practices and Compositional Approaches - Introduction to the Artistic Work with the Icosahedron Loudspeaker IKO".

Gerriet K. Sharma

The workshop will provide an introduction to the functionalities and spatial-compositional possibilities of the IKO loudspeaker.
This instrument bundles sound beams to such an extent that reflecting surfaces can be used as virtual sound sources.
This allows a completely different orchestration and excitation of the architectural space than with conventional multi-channel loudspeaker systems.
By this IKO can produce sculptural sound entities that can hardly be described with the conventional and traditional vocabularies of music and sound composition.

Furthermore, we will discuss and experience the differences between concepts of absolute and relative spaces in compositional practices.
Hence, in regard to the field of so-called spatial music and spatialisation of music aesthetic concepts and artistic utopia will be addressed and compared with scientific interests, academic agendas, and constraints of engineering.
The workshop will address questions of improvisation within spatial audio environments, the situation of the body of the performer in regard to AR and VR phenomena, architecture as a critical part of compositional practices, questions of instrumentality, sculpturally and verbalisation in loudspeaker environments.

www.gksh.net


The IEM icosahedron loudspeaker is one of currently five comparable loudspeaker systems in the world, originally developed for acoustic measurements or holographic sound projections in the laboratory.

Successive research into the apparatus setup for artistic purposes had been pursued at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) Graz by a working group of four engineers and composer Gerriet K. Sharma between 2014 and 2019.
"Orchestrating Space by Icosahedral Loudspeaker" (OSIL) was a unique artistic research project and was supported by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF) under an excellence funding program (PEEK).
By means of beamforming, the loudspeaker is able to project sound beams in different directions and to generate, superimpose, and stagger fields with the wall reflections, which create three-dimensional auditory impressions in perception.
Unlike conventional room sound reinforcement systems for concert halls, the loudspeaker works with reflective surfaces, orchestrates the room from a central point and can be adapted to different room situations.

Schedule : 10h-13h, 14h-17h for the 2 days

Fee: CHF 100.-


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13 May 2022, Geneva, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva

CtrlKey, play me ! Geneva

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Konnekt is constantly looking for new ways to improve the tools available to musicians and sound artists. Konnekt has recently and enthusiastically initiated the CtrlKey electronic instrument development project, in partnership with sound artist and developer Jeff Carey. This tool is an extension for acoustic instruments such as piano and percussion, reacting to the slightest sound changes produced by the instrumentalists and then generating a whole range of sounds and textures. The system uses the SuperCollider program, which processes the sound picked up by contact microphones, and transforms it in different ways.
CtrlKey thus puts electronics in direct contact with the instrumental gesture. The logical continuation of this project is the application of this instrument in various musical contexts. CtrlKey will follow a long-term development, notably with a networking system for remote use.

CtrlKey, play me! will take the form of a double concert presenting a working stage of the CtrlKey project, following a working residency.

  1. CtrlKey (USA-CH):
  • Jeff Carey (electronics)
  • Thomas Florin (piano and clavichord) and - Nicolas Field (drums and electronics)
  1. Double duo ТЕПЛОТА (UK) - Rivaschmid (UK-CH)
  • Grundik Kasyansky (feedback synths)
  • Tom Wheatley (double bass and electronics)
  • Silvan Schmid (acoustic and amplified trumpet)
  • Alex Riva (acoustic and amplified flutes)

    Entry : 10.-
14 April 2022, Le Groove, Geneva

XPlus & The Easter Triangle, Le Groove, Geneva

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Live band with variable geometry, Xplus project will be at the centre of an evening of concerts using a triangle broadcasting system △, the source of many spatialisation effects.
Konnekt proposes a festive evening with exceptional listening arrangements, during which the audience will be free to wander from one end of this triangle of speakers to the other, intermingling with the musicians.
Three solo electronic artists will share the evening with the Xplus project and its swirling riffs.

Line-up:

9.30 pm - Sonia P
10.15pm - NuR
11pm - Xplus
00:30 - Vincent Haenni
01H30 - HTN (Brainwaves)

Entry : 10.-

22-30 January 2022, Le Mans, France

Shimmering Beast, Le Mans sonore

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Imagine a massive, isosceles triangle over five metres long, made up of a set of cymbals suspended vertically on modified cymbal stands. The cymbals touch, quiver and vibrate in a network of interdependencies. When one moves, it forces the others to follow it in its movement and resonance.
Under the podium, four vibrators are set to amplify low frequencies that shake the ground like a miniature earthquake, activating the general rustling.

Free admission

Opening hours : 22.01 to 30.01, 9 am to 7.30 pm

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8 October 2021, WIM, Zürich

N-ensemble 100% Swiss

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Gathered at Nicolas' initiative in March 2018 for a carte blanche at the AMR in Geneva, the N-Ensemble sextet uses all the geometries of the ensemble as compositional elements, but also as a springboard for improvisation. Using the large instrumentation as well as the skills of each of its members, the N-Ensemble navigates between "chamber" acoustic music and more electric soundscapes.
A 100% swiss line-up is put together for this concert.

Nicolas Field (drums and electronics), Tim Shaw (electronics), Anne Gillot (bass clarinet, recorder, Paetzold flute), Thomas Florin (piano), Silvan Schmidt (trumpet and electronics), Tizia Zimmermann (accordeon)

With support of Nicati- De Luze Foundation & UBS Culture Foundation (support for composition)

17-22 September 2021, Switzerland and United Kingdom

Re-Ghoster tour with Nate Wooley & Fritz Welch

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17.09.21 20:30 - BlueFactory Halle Grise, Fribourg
w/ Nate Wooley & Fritz Welch
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18.09.21 20:30 - Walcheturm, Zürich
w/ Nate Wooley & Fritz Welch
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19.09.21 21:30 - Cave12, Genève
w/ Nate Wooley & Fritz Welch
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20.09.21 21:00 - Wurm, Basel
w/ Nate Wooley & Fritz Welch
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21.09.21 20:30 - Cafe Oto, London
w/ Nate Wooley
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22.09.21 20:00 - Safehouse, Brighton
w/ Nate Wooley
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Line up :
Valerio Tricoli (Revox & Electronics)
Nicolas Field (Drums & Electronics)
Thomas Florin (Piano)

guests :

Nate Wooley (Trumpet)
Fritz Welch (Voice)

Re–Ghoster is a thrilling trio comprised of pianist Thomas Florin, drummer Nicolas Field and the fascinating Revox monster Valerio Tricoli. The acoustic instruments are fed to tape, magnetised, digested, re-eaten, reworked and regurgitated again by the machine.
The result are ghostly bursts & roars emerging from nothingness. Roaring stridences, shrieks chirps & shrills explode all in tension with each other.
For the release tour of the new record "Or not all”, Re–Ghoster invites trumpeter Nate Wooley (USA) for a quest - as mystical as it is turbulent - into the depths of sound. This is a re-listening of the acoustic sounds, partly sieved by the electronics in a hybrid spatial continuum. A frictional, nervous symbiosis, full of jolts, but also abrasive and/or restrained fluidity. A very exciting interaction at all times, looking towards possible futures filled with low masses, giving birth to dense sonic textures shifting and/or overplayed in a ghostly union.

Support : Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS, Swiss Cultural Fund, City of Geneva, Fondation SUISA & Pro Helvetia Swiss Art Council.

August-September 2021, Blue Factory - Halle Grise, Freiburg (CH)

Shimmering Beast at the Blue Factory

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The Shimmering Beast rumbles in the gigantic Halle Grise at the Blue Factory in Freiburg (CH) during the Greenwave Festival during all of August and September

27 March 2021, AMR, Geneva

Re-Ghoster + Hans Koch

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Inviting swiss versatile reeds player Hans Koch, Re-Ghoster is an acoustic collaboration transformed through electronics into a hybrid spatial continuum creating a frictional, nervous symbiosis filled with jolts but also with abrasive and/or restrained fluidity.

Hans Koch (reeds), Valerio Tricoli (tape recorder), Nicolas Field (drums, electronics), Thomas Florin (piano)

Re-Ghoster just released it’s first album « Or Not All »

8 -12 March 2021, Forum Meyrin (Geneva, CH)

Xplus - Residency

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Live band with variable geometry, the Xplus project meets for a creation residency, invited by the Theatre Forum Meyrin in the Geneva region.

13 February 2021, AMR, Geneva

N-ensemble

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Gathered at Nicolas' initiative in March 2018 for a carte blanche at the AMR in Geneva, the N-Ensemble sextet uses all the geometries of the ensemble as compositional elements, but also as a springboard for improvisation. Using the large instrumentation as well as the skills of each of its members, the N-Ensemble navigates between "chamber" acoustic music and more electric soundscapes.
A 100% swiss line-up is put together for this concert.

Nicolas Field (drums and electronics), Tim Shaw (electronics), Anne Gillot (bass clarinet, recorder, Paetzold flute), Thomas Florin (piano), Silvan Schmidt (trumpet and electronics), Tizia Zimmermann (accordeon)

With support of Nicati- De Luze Foundation & UBS Culture Foundation (support for composition)

6-28 February 2021, Le Bon Accueil, Rennes (France)

Shimmering Beast

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This audio / visual installation by Nicolas Field, named "Shimmering Beast", is made of cymbals, cymbal stands, low frequency audio transducers and lights.

7 October 2020

Or Not All - Record Release

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First release by trio Re-Ghoster
« This acoustic piano-drums collaboration can be transformed through electronics into a hybrid spatial continuum creating a frictional, nervous symbiosis filled with jolts but also with abrasive and/or restrained fluidity. »

Valerio Tricoli (tape recorder), Nicolas Field (drums and electronics),
Thomas Florin (piano)

25 September 2020, Villa Dutoit, Geneva

In Between - Vernissage

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Geneva Based pianist Thomas Florin seeks through this solo album a hybrid between minimalist music and avant-garde jazz.

« (...) Here he is again, always alone, with his only piano (...) And here the pleasure is quite intense to hear this proposal, certainly much wiser than the previous one, but tinged with a diversion through parallel universes. On a par with these improvisers masters, but never quite returned from his more extreme previous experiences.What remains here of Florin's first trip is what he experimented with expressly: to make the instrument speak for itself, to make it resonate freely, to explore its timbres. » Jacques Mühlethaler

Thomas Florin (piano)

31 August 2020, Vernier Blandonnet

Two’s - Francisco Meirino & Nicolas Field

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Four meetings of contemporary duets from all over Switzerland in atypical underground venues in Geneva.
This summer Konnekt won ProHelvetia's Re-Sound call for projects supporting the projects organised during this period of Covid-19 by presenting four meetings of contemporary duets from all over Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne, Lausanne) in Geneva during August 2020.
For this series entitled "Two's", Konnekt brings together eight swiss and international sound artists and for four intimate duets in atypical underground venues in Geneva. Accidents of textures are expected, making innocent listening impractical.
With this series, Konnekt shows its reactivity and speed in setting up projects, in its desire to always bounce back and move forward! The "Two's" project was indeed organised in only a few weeks and could be fully realised.

Francisco Meirino (élec.) & Nicolas Field (dms)

20 August 2020, Le Duplex, Geneva

Two’s - Tim Shaw & Martina Lussi

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Four meetings of contemporary duets from all over Switzerland in atypical underground venues in Geneva.
This summer Konnekt won ProHelvetia's Re-Sound call for projects supporting the projects organised during this period of Covid-19 by presenting four meetings of contemporary duets from all over Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne, Lausanne) in Geneva during August 2020.
For this series entitled "Two's", Konnekt brings together eight swiss and international sound artists and for four intimate duets in atypical underground venues in Geneva. Accidents of textures are expected, making innocent listening impractical.
With this series, Konnekt shows its reactivity and speed in setting up projects, in its desire to always bounce back and move forward! The "Two's" project was indeed organised in only a few weeks and could be fully realised.

Tim Shaw & Martina Lussi (electronic)

18 August 2020, Le Duplex, Geneva

Two’s - Antoine Chessex & Frantz Loriot

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Four meetings of contemporary duets from all over Switzerland in atypical underground venues in Geneva.
This summer Konnekt won ProHelvetia's Re-Sound call for projects supporting the projects organised during this period of Covid-19 by presenting four meetings of contemporary duets from all over Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne, Lausanne) in Geneva during August 2020.
For this series entitled "Two's", Konnekt brings together eight swiss and international sound artists and for four intimate duets in atypical underground venues in Geneva. Accidents of textures are expected, making innocent listening impractical.
With this series, Konnekt shows its reactivity and speed in setting up projects, in its desire to always bounce back and move forward! The "Two's" project was indeed organised in only a few weeks and could be fully realised.

Antoine Chessex (sax) & Frantz Loriot (vl)

17 August 2020 Tortion Studio, Russin

Two’s - Anne Gillot & Thomas Florin

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Four meetings of contemporary duets from all over Switzerland in atypical underground venues in Geneva.
This summer Konnekt won ProHelvetia's Re-Sound call for projects supporting the projects organised during this period of Covid-19 by presenting four meetings of contemporary duets from all over Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne, Lausanne) in Geneva during August 2020.
For this series entitled "Two's", Konnekt brings together eight swiss and international sound artists and for four intimate duets in atypical underground venues in Geneva. Accidents of textures are expected, making innocent listening impractical.
With this series, Konnekt shows its reactivity and speed in setting up projects, in its desire to always bounce back and move forward! The "Two's" project was indeed organised in only a few weeks and could be fully realised.

Anne Gillot (fl) & Thomas Florin (p)