Datum06.06.’22 → 19:30 / 21:00
Address:Minderbroedersstraat 50, Leuven
Tickets:€18 / €14 reduction (STUKkaart or KU Leuven Cuture Card)
Practical info:Seated concert with closed doors. Be on time - latecomers will not be able to enter.
Accessibility:The location performance is accessible for wheelchair users
19:30Show 1 (50')
21:00Show 2 (50')
Two titans of contemporary drone music interact with the Modular Organ System in the anatomical theater.
Since 2017, Berlin-based musicians and artists Phillip Sollmann and Konrad Sprenger have been developing the Modular Organ System. This continuously growing sound sculpture with organ pipes and horns offers a sounding environment that listeners can explore by walking around and can be both an installation and an instrument for live performances. Especially for the occasion, Swedish-American composer Kali Malone and American guitarist, composer and Sun O)))-founder Stephen O’ Malley will perform a site-specific duo performance with the Modular Organ System. Expect electroacoustic explorations and shimmering drones with great physical and perceptual impact.
BIO KALI MALONE
The compositions of Kali Malone implement specific tuning systems in minimalist structure for pipe organ, choir, chamber music ensembles, and electroacoustic formats. Malone’s music is rich with
harmonic texture through synthetic and acoustic instrumentation in repetitive motions and extended
durations. The music emits distinct emotive, dynamic, and affective hues which bring forth a stunning
depth of focus.
Malone’s 2019 critically acclaimed album ’The Sacrificial Code’ is a major work featuring almost two hours of concentrated pipe organ pieces with profound emotional resonance. With its slow, purified, and seemingly austere qualities, The Sacrificial Code guides us through an almost trance-inducing process where we become vulnerable receptors for every slight movement, where every miniature shift in sound becomes magnified through stillness. As such, it’s a uniquely satisfying exercise in transcendence through self-restraint, a striking realisation of ideas borne out of academic and conceptual rigor which gradually reveals profound personal dimensions. It has a perception-altering quality that encourages self-exploration free of signposts and without a preordained endpoint.
Kali Malone has performed extensively in Europe and North America at Musica Festival, Berlin Atonal, Moogfest, Kanal Pompidou, Elbphilharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, and Radio France. Her commission projects and residencies include the Ina GRM, Berlin Monom, The Richard Thomas Foundation, MACBA, Macadam Ensemble, Orgelpark, Elektronmusikstudion and Tempo Reale. She collaborates and performs with various artists, including Stephen O’Malley, Lucy Railton, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Leila Bordreuil, Drew McDowall, Caterina Barbieri, and Ellen Arkbro. In 2016 she co-founded the record label and concert series XKatedral, together with Maria W Horn, in Stockholm.
BIO STEPHEN O’ MALLEY
The American composer and musician, though best known for his role as guitarist and founder of Sunn O))), has earned admiration as a wizard of fiercely innovative collaborations and as a promulgator of the musical and artistic avant-garde at large.
O’Malley was born in New Hampshire, USA and raised in Seattle. After forming Sunn O))) with Greg Anderson in 1998, he also founded the groups Khanate (2000), KTL (2005), Nazoranai (2011), and ÄÄNIPÄÄ (2011). He left Seattle for New York, where he spent ten years, and is now based in Paris. He collaborates frequently with outsider musicians, artists, and composers in various formations and in both live and studio settings. He helped create the record labels Southern Lord (in 1998) and Ajna Offensive (in 1995) and worked as the art director for Misanthropy Records from 1997 to 2000. In 2011 he created Ideologic Organ, an Editions Mego sublabel, together with Peter Rehberg.
O’Malley’s work is defined by its remarkable breadth and variety and has been marked by joint efforts with a wide range of experimental musicians, including Scott Walker, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustaffson, Peter Rehberg, and Oren Ambarchi; French choreographer and theater director Gisèle Vienne; author Dennis Cooper; Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov; American sculptor Banks Violette; Italian performance artist Nico Vascellari; American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch; Fashion designer Rick Owens; Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop; and contemporary composers Roger Tessier, Eyvind Kang and Alvin Lucier, and Iancu Dumitrescu