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Topographies mini-festival

Topographies – a mini-festival of improvised and experimental Music from Ireland.

24 May - 25 May


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Image courtesy Francis Heery

Image courtesy Francis Heery

Topographies mini-festival, from artistic director Francis Heery, is presented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland with Petersburg Art Space (Berlin) and members of Quiet Music Ensemble (Ireland).

The Topographies mini-festival brings together some of the most exciting Irish performers and composers for a weekend mini-festival of new music at Petersburg Art Space, one of Berlin’s best-known venues for contemporary, improvised and experimental music. Berlin-based Irish composer/performers Francis Heery, Ellen King and Elliot Murphy will be joined by Irish-based improvisers Izumi Kimura (piano), Shane Latimer (e-guitar) and members of Quiet Music Ensemble. The festival will run over two days with three concerts, a live podcast panel discussion and mixer event for Irish artists to meet with their Berlin contemporaries.

Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland’s resource for new music from the island of Ireland, both documenting and developing, as well as promoting at home and abroad, the work of artists active in new music from Ireland. Since 2019 CMC has successfully produced (in house) Amplify, the only dedicated podcast on composers and new music from Ireland.

Dr Francis Heery is a composer and sound artist. His music draws from bio-aesthetics and science fiction, and integrates digital and analog electronics with acoustic instruments. His instrumental works have been performed by the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Quiet Music Ensemble, Talujon Percussion Ensemble, JACK quartet, Carin Levine, Pascal Galois, James Aylward, Izumi Kimura and Shane Latimer.

Elliot Murphy is an Irish composer and instrumentalist (cello, guitar) based in Berlin whose interests include aleatoricism, folk music and improvisation. Recent works include Inferno, a large piece for solo cello and interactive pre-recorded strings, and a score to the short film The Foundling by Barney Cokeliss which was shortlisted at the 10th International Film Music Competition (Zürich Film Festival). Other works include I dTírdreach, written for the cellists of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and works for percussionist Alex Petcu, cellist Adrian Mantu, and the Avalon Ensemble.

Ellen King is an Irish multidisciplinary composer, producer and DJ based in Berlin, Germany. Writing and performing music under her own name and ‘ELLLL’ moniker, Ellen has carved out a distinctive voice in both contemporary and club-music contexts, with compositions etched by abstract experimentalism, fragmented rhythms and bass-heavy club. In addition to her work in club music, Ellen has worked extensively as a multidisciplinary artist with commissions and collaborations for a slew of contemporary music projects in the realms of visual arts, film, installation, dance and performance art. Recent works include sound design and score for theatre production Das Ereignis, Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg and music composition Images & Sensations, commissioned for Ireland’s leading new music ensemble, Crash Ensemble.

Quiet Music Ensemble is based in Ireland and is dedicated to improvised and Experimental Music. It draws its repertoire from diverse artistic sources, including composers of music, sound artists and visual artists. It performs in unconventional spaces and contexts. QME is dedicated to equality – social, experiential and environmental – and to the proposition that true art arises through communal discovery and thoughtful introspection.

Pianist Izumi Kimura has performed extensively throughout the country and abroad since moving to Ireland from Japan in 1995. She has worked with some of the leading performers and ensembles from both disciplines of classical, jazz and improvised music.

Shane Latimer is a musician from Dublin, Ireland. As guitarist and composer with OKO and or as curator with the Bottlenote Festival, his music has a focus on the improvisational and experimental. His latest solo work exists in the entangled space between the embodied and the embedded.


Petersburg Art Space
Kaiserin Augusta Allee 101
10553 Berlin

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