Photo: Greg Locke / Soundsymposium


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.

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).

Review Performance Victoriaville Festival 2007

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, St. John’s, Canada 2004

At Juan Miró Foundation, Barcelona 2002

Photos by Pere Platdesaba

Sound Symposium, St. John’s, Canada 2004