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Acts of Balancing and Unbalancing

QME will deliver premieres of four Irish and British works.

Date:
24 July

Berlin

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Image courtesy Quiet Music Ensemble

Image courtesy Quiet Music Ensemble

Quiet Music Ensemble (QME) will deliver the German premieres of four radical works by established and early-career Irish and British composers: Karen Power in collaboration with Mary Nunan and Atoosa Pour Hosseini’s we return to ground; Kathy Hinde’s Acts of Balancing and Unbalancing; Anna Murray’s Aioi: leaves laden with words; and Susan Geaney’s Hahnemühle.

QME’s music is still, poised, filigree, with the silence of rapt attention and a deep respect for the sonic environment of our world. It is about sound woven amongst the multiplicity of human senses and the abundant inner creativity it inspires. Through in-the-moment interaction with environmental sound and field recordings, visual arts, live electronics and philosophical thought, QME creates living soundscapes, kaleidoscopic, liminal and with a “mesmeric power” (The Independent, UK).

This programme explores works of stunning beauty and subtlety that feature especially built instruments, field recordings, reflections on Noh and the extraordinary sounds of paper.

Quiet Music Ensemble (QME) is based in Ireland and is dedicated to improvised and experimental music. Amongst others, QME has performed at Quiet Music Festival, New Music Dublin, Cork Midsummer and Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Deep Minimalism Festival, UK; Poznan Music Spring and Sacrum Profanum Festival,  Poland; DAADgalerie, Berlin; Interpretations series (Roulette, New York) and Other Minds (San Francisco).

QME has commissioned works from world-renowned composers including Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, David Toop, Michael Pisaro, Jennifer Walshe, Karen Power, Mark Applebaum, Christopher Fox, Martin Iddon, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri and Kathy Hinde. It has also commissioned work from outstanding Irish composers and artists including sound artist Danny McCarthy.

QME has received radio broadcasts in Europe, UK, USA, Australia, Japan and more. In 2024, the ensemble will release a double album of works by Karen Power on the Other Minds label, two works by Jennifer Walshe on Diatribe and multiple works with Farpoint Recordings.

Venue

Radialsystem
Holzmarktstr. 33
10243 Berlin

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