Project w/ dancer Fine Kwiatkowski

Next Concert: with “Ausbau 4” on March 21, 8pm

“MOMENT! Festival für zeitgenössische Musik” in Kassel, Germany.
With Fine Kwiatkowski & Bettina Helmrich – dance
Willehad Grafenhorst – sound and visuals, Hans Tammen – blippoo box

At Sound Symposium Festival 2004 (photo by Greg Locke)

Duo w/ Fine Kwiatkowski – dance

In her dancing, Fine Kwiatkowski explores all the possibilities of her body’s twisting, spinning and turning. The independence of the different body parts (head, fingers, feet, torso) produce strange, surprising results as she is transformed into thousands of characters in a continuous metamorphosis without beginning or end… while Hans Tammen’s “endangered” guitar sounds are extreme, tortured noise scrapings, an alien world of bizarre textures, a journey through the land of unending sonic operations and an infinite index of metals. A performance that takes the form of a surprising journey in which the most basic and extreme emotions are bared.

At Juan Miro Foundation, Barcelona 2002 (Photo by Pere Platdesaba)

Kwiatkowski and Tammen have been working for several years now; they have achieved that level of telepathic relationship that can be so magical in the field of improvised music. Striking at first, the contrast between machines (electric guitar, computer) and the human body shrinks down as the combined artistry of the duo takes hold. Their work is not about reacting to one’s sounds or the other’s movements, but to set in motion two parallel narratives, occasionally intersecting yet always accompanying one another. (Announcement for Victoriaville Festival 2007).

At Victoriaville Festival 2007 (Photo by Martin Morissette)

Hans…manipulated his sounds with the skill of a mad scientist. Fractured electronic sounds, bent string weirdness, noise eruptions, and with some Merzbow-like intensity and sound/noise. …I found [Fine’s] dancing to be both fascinating and a bit disturbing. It worked well with Hans’ equally scary array of sonic manipulations. (Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter)

Sound Symposium 2004 (1) Sound Symposium 2004 (2)
Sound Symposium 2004 – Two Short Solos