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Saturday Live Music

Melanie Pappenheim and Musarc

How to Construct a Time Machine

21.3.2015
Musarc and Melanie Pappenheim performing again, again, MK Gallery, November 2013. Photo: Chryssa Panoussiadou
 

Musarc and Melanie Pappenheim performing again, again, MK Gallery, November 2013. Photo: Chryssa Panoussiadou

 

Musarc performing at MK Gallery, November 2013

Musarc performing at MK Gallery, November 2013

Musarc and Melanie Pappenheim performing again, again, MK Gallery, November 2013. Photo: Chryssa Panoussiadou
 
Musarc performing at MK Gallery, November 2013

Musarc and Melanie Pappenheim performing again, again, MK Gallery, November 2013. Photo: Chryssa Panoussiadou

 

Melanie Pappenheim and Musarc:
How to Construct a Time Machine
Saturday 21 March 2015 / Doors 7.30pm / Tickets £5*

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Acclaimed singer and performer Melanie Pappenheim and the progressive amateur choir Musarc make a welcome return to MK Gallery this month with a new performance in response to the current exhibition, How to Construct a Time Machine

The programme includes: a choral version of Terry Riley’s In C, works by Henry Purcell and Einojuhani Rautavaara; a new work by composer/performer Neil Luck commissioned for the event; and Lost Messenger, a new performance by Stefan Kraus outside the gallery.

 

 

Melanie Pappenheim
Melanie Pappenheim is a singer and performer. Always interested in combining music with visual art, she has devised work with numerous leading multimedia groups including DV8 Physical Theatre, Lumiere & Son and The Shout. She appeared as the solo singer/actor in the award winning A Ring A Lamp A Thing at the Royal Opera House by playwright Caryl Churchill and composer Orlando Gough and also at the English National Opera as Elizabeth I in Dr Dee by Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris. Her voice has inspired many contemporary composers such as Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin and her long-time collaborator Jocelyn Pook – she was the soloist in Pook’s highly acclaimed Hearing Voices, directed by Emma Bernard, performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in December 2012 with the BBC concert orchestra. Melanie’s voice can be heard on countless TV and film scores including Gangs Of New York, Eyes Wide Shut and Dr Who – she was the soloist in the first ever Dr Who Prom in 2008. She runs her own company Flam Productions with fellow singer Rebecca Askew, composes music for plays and radio drama and has created several sound installations with Echo City stalwart Giles Perring. With Musarc, Melanie realised Sweet Dreams in July 2013 and worked with the ensemble on Jephte and the passion of Lagamas in March 2014. Melanie’s solo piece FALLING, co-commissioned by MK Gallery and MK:IF2014, premièred at MK Gallery in July 2014.
www.melaniepappenheim.com

 

Musarc
Musarc is one of London’s most progressive amateur choirs. It is at the heart of a research project at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, which explores performance and composition in relation to the creative process and investigates listening in the context of architecture and the city. The ensemble regularly collaborates with composers to develop work that challenges traditional ways of making music, and brings together art, performance and education. Musarc has performed at Bold Tendencies, Turner Contemporary, V22 and the Royal Maritime Museum. In 2012, it presented Bang! Being the Building as part of the Barbican’s OMA/Progress show and its voices could be heard in Ed Atkin’s Us Dead Talk Love at the Chisenhale Gallery. In 2013, Musarc presented again again with Melanie Pappenheim at MK Gallery as part of the gallery’s exhibition of Peter Dreher’s work. It recently recorded for Laure Provost and is currently one of four contemporary ensembles on Sound and Music’s ‘Portfolio’ scheme. In July 2014 Musarc performed with Ed Atkins at the Serpentine Pavillion. The choir has collaborated with experimental music label Entr’acte, and commissioned new work from many artists and composers including Benedict Drew, Esther Venrooy, Neil Luck, Marc Behrens, and Sam Belinfante. Musarc also runs Field Studies, an annual field-recording, performance and musique concrète workshop. Field Studies tutors in 2014 are Akio Suzuki, Sam Auinger, Michael Klïen and Claudia Molitor. Musarc was founded in 2008 by Joseph Kohlmaier, who is its creative director, and is conducted by Cathy Heller-Jones.
www.musarc.org


Neil Luck
Neil Luck is a composer, performer and director based in London. He has written for a range of soloists and ensembles in the UK and abroad, and presented work at music venues, festivals and galleries internationally including the ICA, Kings Place, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, LSO St. Lukes, BBC Cut&Splice festival, in Vilnius as part of the 2009 Capital of Culture celebrations, the Tokyo Experimental Festival, and on BBC Radio 3. As a curator and producer Neil has organised a number of events and festivals which reflect his interests in live performance. This has included Notations and The Voice and Nothing More in collaboration with Sam Belinfante at the Slade Research Centre, a mini festival held in an Old Police Station with squib-box, Timeloop; a two day festival of interactive and participatory live art at the Tate Britain, a six part radio series for Resonance FM, and many more smaller gigs and happenings.
www.neilluck.com  

Stefan Kraus
Stefan Kraus is an independent artist and director of graphic design practice Polimekanos. He worked in London for Imagination, Nick Bell Design and for Duncan Baird Publishers. Before moving to England in 1997, Stefan studied at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saarbrücken in Germany, where he received his degree, and also for one year at the Beaux-Arts de Nancy in France. His main focus of his studies were fine art, art theory and design.
www.stefankraus.eu 

 

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