The film/percussion concert, "Sisyphus of the Ear", is performed in a preview this Wednesday, Oct. 26, during the Arts@Artaud showcase of music, poetry, theatre and film at Brunel's Artaud Performance Center, 7:15 pm.
Below subsequent premiere dates in Russia:
October 30, 2016 Ufa / Bashkir (Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia) // November 2, 2016 Moscow (Russia)
‘Sisyphus of the Ear’
Percussion, electronics and film
Paulo C. Chagas (music)
Johannes Birringer (film)
Performed by Thierry Miroglio
The music of percussion instruments creates a powerful scenario of an imaginative journey of inner concussions and tremors. The instrumentalist is renowned soloist Thierry Miroglio.
A near-silent film – with an electronically augmented soundtrack of breath, moving stones, and speech sounds, deconstructed and distorted from the poem ‘Zang Tumb Tumb’ by the futurist artist Marinetti – is driven invisibly by the musician’s gestures
which sustain and channel this audio-visual composition. This performance represents the second collaboration between composer Paulo C. Chagas and media choreographer Johannes Birringer. Their first digital oratorio, Corpo, Carne e Espírito, had its world
premiere at the Klauss Vianna Theatre, Belo Horizonte, Brasil during the FIT-BH Festival 2008.
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Paulo C. Chagas is Professor of Composition at the University of California, Riverside. A very versatile composer, Chagas has written over 140 works for orchestra, chamber music, electroacoustic music, audiovisual and multimedia compositions. His music
unfolds a pluralistic aesthetic, using the most diverse musical materials from different cultures, acoustic and digital media, dance, video, and audiovisual installations. Chagas is also a prolific author of articles on musical semiotics, electroacoustic and
digital music. His most recent book Unsayable Music (Leuven University Press, 2014) presents theoretical, critical and analytical reflections on contemporary music creativity. The six essays of the book approach music from different perspectives such as philosophy,
sociology, cybernetics, musical semiotics, media, and critical studies.
Johannes Birringer is an independent choreographer/media artist. He lives in Houston and London, and co-directs the Design and Performance Lab [DAP] at Brunel University London, where he is a professor of performance technologies (http://www.brunel.ac.uk/dap
Together with fashion designer Michèle Danjoux he has created immersive dance works featuring electro-acoustic and sensortized wearables. DAP-Lab’s “Suna no Onna“ premiered in London in 2007; the mixed reality installation “UKIYO [Moveable Worlds]“ premiered
in 2009-10 before touring in Eastern Europe in 2010. A new dance opera, “for the time being/Victory over the Sun,“ premiered at Watermans International Digital Arts Festival in 2012; an expanded version was shown at Sadler’s Wells (2014). The dance film “Lung
Pulmo Pneumo“ was exhibited at Cinedans Festival, Amsterdam, in 2014. He collaborated on the European METABODY project, along with 12 other European organizations, and ‘Metakimospheres’, a series of immersive installations, began touring in 2015-16. He is also
founding director of Interaktionslabor, an annual media lab housed in an abandoned coalmine in the Saarland (http://interaktionslabor.de
Thierry Miroglio is internationally renowned as a soloist and has been invited to perform in forty countries, at numerous venues and many prestigious festivals. Currently working with a solo repertoire of more than 400 works, Miroglio has collaborated
with many distinguished composers including John Cage, Luciano Berio, Kaija Saariaho, Jean-Claude Risset, Marlos Nobre, Edison Denisov, Franco Donatoni, Unsuk Chin, Daniel Teruggi, Zhang Xiaofu, Misato Mochizuki, Ivan Fedele, Manfred Stahnke, Marco Stroppa,
Gérard Grisey, Philippe Hersant, Ichiro Nodaira, Philippe Manoury, Betsy Jolas and Hugues Dufourt, often giving premières of works of which he is the dedicatee. With numerous productions for international radio and TV stations and many soloist recordings, he
enjoys exploring the boundaries of modern music, and has given performances which link music, the visual arts, electronica, dance and theatre into a homogenous whole. Thierry Miroglio studied percussion with Jean-Pierre Drouet and Sylvio Gualda at the Conservatoire
National de Versailles, where he was awarded first prize, and later studied Musical Acoustics with Iannis Xenakis at the University of the Sorbonne. http://www.naxos.com/person/Thierry_Miroglio/250980.htm