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Catalogue d'EmojisBRC006

Emojis have become part of our lives. They are a comparatively recent addition, but their look and style as well as their use has shaped communication in our digital world. They are a pictorial, symbol-driven language and, in this way, quite close to the language of music notation. While using an emoji instead of a word makes communication more abstract, it also opens space for ambiguity and playfulness. Catalogue d’Emojis explores this ambiguity and playfulness in the communication between composer and performer.

It is a fascinating multi-layered “concert event”. “Concert” emphasises the fact that it is a through-composed piece of music, while “event” relates to the FLUXUS idea of the “event score” and the fact that the performance is an extraordinary blend of sumptuous piano music, story-telling in yoga position, pseudo- poetry, a presentation on vegan music and much more! There is an emoji-based internal logic that holds everything together.

Fumiko Miyachi and Kate Halsall, who together make up Cobalt Duo, are both ‘inspirational’ (Tempo) internationally-performing pianists who specialise in contemporary repertoire and interdisciplinary projects, often using technology. Michael Wolters and Paul Norman are internationally acclaimed composer-performers who specialise in creating unconventional events and performances. Wolters, whose music has been described as ‘utterly beguiling’ (Tempo) and ‘oddly moving’ (Guardian), creates works that deconstruct and question the traditional concert situation or which are designed for performance outside the concert hall altogether. In 2008 he soundtracked the BBC News live, and in 2012 he made a large-scale performance taking place on and around a German ice rink. For Norman, composing becomes a way of trying to understand little bits of the world and a way to highlight intriguing situations. In his work the audience is often encouraged to ask questions and to make decisions through the use of text-scores.

 

 

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TRACKLISTING

1 Smileys & People
2 Interlude 1
3 Animals & Nature
4 Interlude 2
5 Food & Drink
6 Interlude 3
7 Activity
8 Interlude 4
9 Travel & Places
10 Interlude 5
11 Objects
12 Interlude 6
13 Symbols
14 Flags
15 Travel & Places (Instrumental)
 

 

Composers: Michael Wolters | Paul Norman

Artists: Michael Wolters voice | Paul Norman voice | Cobalt Duo

 

Cat # BRC006

 

Release date: 17 May 2019
 
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS
 
Michael Wolters
Michael Wolters has maintained an outsider position in the world of contemporary music with works which deconstruct and question the traditional concert situation or which are designed for performance outside the concert hall. He has written music for traditional ensembles like Birmingham Contemporary Music Group but prefers to challenge conventional set-ups and concert rituals. This has resulted in pieces with unusual instrumentations (like his twelve-minute-long opera The Voyage, produced with theatre company Stan's Cafe for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad written for mezzo-soprano, eleven recorders and double bass), performances in unusual places (wahnsinnig wichtig on ice took place on and around an ice rink) or projects of unusual duration (his Spring Symphony: The Joy of Life is the shortest symphony in the world and lasts around 17 seconds while the performance of Wir sehen uns morgen wieder lasted for a month).
 
Paul Norman
Paul Norman is a composer who places emphasis on ideas and concepts and whose performances include visual and performative elements. Norman sees composition as an approach to art making grounded in musical experience that carries a special relationship to temporality and structure. For him composing becomes a way of trying to understand little bits of the world and a way to point at the situations he finds intriguing. In doing this he encourages the audience to share this process, to ask questions and to make decisions that resonate within the given compositional frame of the performance.
 

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