spi.res. #4 | the system
+ Julia Biłat + Daniel Schwarzwald
The experimental and improvised music residency series is back and addresses topics that are urgent and extremely relevant to what is recently happening in the world. After the episodes of Survival, Séance and Power Gods spi.res. now seeks to find the sense of life in a structured world full of rules and frigid system. To make it happen, it invites Gaya Arutyunyan from Hungary, front woman of well-known bands Wattican Punk Ballet and Deti Picasso, who will work with Berlin based cello player Julia Bilat and pianist Daniel Schwarzwald. During the one-week-long preparation they will also shoot a videoclip and on 16 December they have a public performance.
Spiral Residencies (spi.res.) is a two-year-long series of experimental, electronic and improvised music events organized in every three months at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB). Spi.res
invites musicians based in Berlin and Hungary for a week-long collaboration, to reflect on the different consciousness levels of a human evolution development model, the Spiral Dynamics.
The first three residency weeks (‘Survival‘, ‘Séance‘ and ‘Power Gods‘) hosted outstanding musicians of the contemporary music field like Ernő Rubik, Ernő Hock, Axel Dörner, Hannes Lingens, Andrea Belfi, András Halmos, Gábor Csongrádi, Charlotte Simon and S Olbricht.
What do we live for? What is the sense of life in a closed system we are part of? The fourth stage of the theory focuses on the topics of stability, subserviency, purpose, meaning, plan, authority, fundamentalism and certainty, that all implies a stable system in which the artists will try to find the answers to life’s big questions.
Both the working procedures and the performance will be video documented and form part of a documentary produced at the end of residency program series.
Gaya Arutyunyan is a Hungary based Armenian singer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist (drums, piano) and composer. She started her career as a singer of the Armenian-Russian etno-rock band, Deti Picasso and first performed in Hungary at Sziget festival in 2005. Since then they toured in more than 180 cities from Armenia to Portugal and from Norway to Turkey. Gaya and his brother Karen Arutyunyan founded the popular experimental avant garde-freak-rock duo, Wattican Punk Ballet in 2010 in Budapest. Gaya has worked with great international musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Alex Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Rotfront, Erlin Riibe Ramskjel (Schtimm), etc.
Julia Biłat studied cello in Polish and Canadian conservatories and she won several competitions both with orchestras and as a solo performer. She has been active part of the Berlin improvised and experimental music scene since 2013. She has been experimenting with new techniques using the cello as a percussion or bass instrument sometimes accompanying with voice.
The Israeli Daniel Schwarzwald worked and performed as a pianist and composer with numerous well-known musicians on an international level in the USA, Asia and all across Europe. During his journeys he got inspired by mediterranean folk and latin music that he gladly mixes with jazz and classical music during his performances.
Previous editions´ videos:
spi.res. #01 | survival
Ernő Zoltán Rubik, Ernő Hock, Axel Dörner, Hannes Lingens
spi.res. #02 | séance
Andrea Belfi, András Halmos, Gábor Csongrádi
2016. 06. 13
spi.res. #03 | power gods
Charlotte Simon, S Olbricht (Martin Mikolai)
2016. 09. 28