Monday 6 June 2016, 8pm
Great to have Phill back at OTO after nearly two years. Tonight he performs with Mezzo Soprano Lore Lixenberg and and Guy De Bievre on lap steel guitar. Preceding the performance will be a special screening of ‘The Movement of Phill Niblock’ – a film by Belgian filmmaker and visual artist, Maurits Wouters.
Phill Niblock will also be performing at Close-Up on Sunday 5 June.
Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born in the flames of 1968's barricade-hopping. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde ever since. Niblock constructs big 24-track digitally-processed monolithic microtonal drones. Changes are almost imperceptible, and his music has a tendency of creeping up on you. He says: "What I am doing with my music is to produce something without rhythm or melody, by using many microtones that cause movements very, very slowly." Niblock's performances are almost always accompanied by his films - painstaking studies of manual labour, giving a poetic dignity to sheer gruelling slog of fishermen at work, rice-planters, log-splitters, water-hole dredgers and other back-breaking toilers. Since 1968 Phill has also put on over 1000 concerts in his loft space, including Ryoji Ikeda, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jim O'Rourke.
Born in the UK, Loré Lixenberg has undertaken composition lessons with Andy Vores, Robert Saxton and John Woolwich and masterclasses with Peter Maxwell Davies, and has studied singing with David Mason, Nicole Tibbels, Elizabeth Soderstrom, Martin Isepp and Galina Vishnevskaya.
Her career began performing in physical theatre with Complicite, working with Simon Mcburney on Out of a House Walked a Man for the National Theatre that used texts by the Soviet writer Daniil Harms. Following this, her work has spanned performances on concert platforms and opera scenes to installations and vocal performances with experimental visual and sound artists (Stelarc, Bruce Mclean, David Toop). She has worked with and performed the works of Georges Aperghis, Bent Sørensen, Helmut Oehring, Mark-Anthony Turnage, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Beat Furrer, Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Earle Brown, Luc Ferrari, Frederic Acquaviva and Gerald Barry at contemporary music festivals worldwide. She has recently published her first artist book, Memory Maps (Editions AcquAvivA), and her first monographic CD, The afternoon of a phone (£@B). She runs Berlin-based projects + raum with composer Frederic Acquaviva.
Since January 17, 2018, Lixenberg has declared that everything she does is an extension of her voice and singing practice and is therefore to be considered an extended vocal.
Guy De Bièvre is a composer, musician, arranger, sound designer, sound art curator, theorist, and sound engineer. As a composer/performer he focuses on experiments, which combine computer, live electronics, acoustics and standard arrangement formats. He had works commissioned and/or performed by musicians such as Guy Klucevsek, Seth Josel, Anne La Berge, The Bozza Mansion Project, Annette Sachs, Zivatar Trio, and various local and international organizations.
As a performer (performing internationally in Europe, the USA and Japan) next to his own works, he collaborated with various composers and musicians such as Phill Niblock, Anne La Berge, Tom Hamilton, Ensemble Champ d’Action, and Peter Zummo.
Maurits Wouters (°1986 Turnhout, Belgium)
Filmmaker and visual artist.
He graduated as narrative filmmaker at the RITS in 2009. He then concluded a Master in Film & Theatre Studies at the University of Antwerp in 2011. From October 2013 onwards he has been doing doctoral research financed by the FWO (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek/Fund for Scientific Research).
In spite of his training in narrative film his artistic field of action has evolved towards the plastic arts. In this he does not limit himself to film. Also photography and installations have more and more become part of his artistic path. The films of Wouters were shown, among other venues, at the International Short Film Festival in Louvain and Experimental Intermedia in New York.