The BLAGE series : concert/installation performances, site-specific and curated and improvised by Simon and guests
by Simon James Phillips (2011)
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Library shelf no. CD 3210 [Available for loan]
The Blage Series is a project of
Simon James Phillips where he curates and performs one off,
site-specific performances. He forms a new ensemble for each
performance, and creates a concept that is specific to the
performance space. A mix between concert and installation.
For example, the 3rd in the series was an extended installation and performance piece curated by Phillips for the opening of the Tanz im August Festival in Berlin. It was a one-off, five hour uninterrupted improvisation with an ensemble of six of Berlin's most visible experimental artists - Tony Buck (drums and percussion), Werner Dafeldecker (double bass), BJ Nilsen (electronics), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Arthur Rother (guitar) and Simon James Phillips (piano). The ensemble was placed in the centre of a large dance studio and the audience, free to come and go, were admitted only once the work had begun - the five hour duration unknown to the audience. The ensemble created expansive sonic atmospheres that incorporated outside concrete noise, extended techniques and a sense of gradual overlapping thematic development. Communicative and responsive yet with a continual sense of consensual disconnection between the artists.
Blage 3 (a reduced version) has been released as a double CD set on Mikroton Recordings.
Instrumentation: Various site-specific settings (small ensemble or solo).
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
improvisation, microtonal, electronic, echtzeitmusik, microsound, minimalism
- In the form/style of: Improvisations
Performances of this work
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