Joseph Kudirka - Concert

ms¹, Więckowskiego 36, ZEL Restaurant
17 November 2016, Thursday at.18:00 hrs, tickets PLN 8

It might seem that conceptualism – as trend or current in art – has never been present in contemporary music. Efforts to come across it in the abundant literature on the history of sound practices of the 20th and 21xt centuries prove futile. Conceptualism is associated predominantly with visual arts, while it is frequently forgotten that it origins from the realm of music, take for example the accomplishments of John Cage and his disciples from New School For Social Research or Henry Flynt who is believed to have coined the term of concept art.

Looking at contemporary music from the perspective of the conceptual turn initiated in the 1950s allows us to make rearrangements within its canon and interestingly re-position the works of artists, such as: George Brecht, Takehisa Kosugi, Robert Ashley, Peter Ablinger, Manfred Werder or Toshiya Tsunoda. Apparently, in recent years interest in conceptualism has been gradually intensifying, which can be observed in Darmstadt circles (e.g. Harry Lehmann, Johannes Kreidler), as well as among artists connected with broadly understood Cage’s tradition  (Wandelweiser group, post-reductionist scene), and even in popular and club music.

Joseph Kudirka’s concert is presented as one in the series of events heralding the 29th issue (#29) of “Glissando” magazine devoted to contemporary music. Authors of this issue will discuss conceptualism in music, dominated by experiments designed to offer something more than just to create new forms or make “material progress”.  They will investigate phenomena that challenge the classical model of art and go beyond traditional aesthetic categories. Special attention will be paid to aspects relating with non-standard notation, postmediality, and utopian music; to artists who problematize the status of a music work of art and ways of its perception, as well as those who criticise the institutions of the world of music and commodification of contemporary culture.

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Joseph Kudirka – composer and performer of experimental music, born in the United States domiciled in Berlin. He studied under the supervision of Michael Pisaro and Alan Stout at Northwestern University and James Tenney at the California Institute of the Arts. He successfully defended a PhD thesis at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom.

In his artistic practice, Kudirka uses the residuals of both physical and cultural musical matter. His works have been performed by ensembles and musicians including: Apartment House, Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble, Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern, Zinc & Copper Works, Daniel Plöger, Rhodri Davies, Mark So, Rebecca Lane or Philip Thomas. As a contrabassist he has performed pieces composed especially for him by Antoine Beuger, Michael Maierhoff, and Eva-Maria Houben. He creates installations, sings songs and meditates about living in a spaceship filled with cats and whisky. In 2015 Another Timbre released a CD “Beauty and Industry” with eight tracks composed by Joseph Kudirka.


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