We Spoke: New Music @ Kings Place

Challenging Limits

Photo credits: Andreas Zhiler
  These performances are not for the lazy. They probably won’t make you dance, but could challenge your critical thinking.
Christian Kesten’s compostiion Zunge Losen,  lacked the suspense it promised. The piece was actually three men sticking their tongues out and making a few sounds, in combination with loud breathing. You had to be there to really get it.
Photo credits: Andreas Zhiler
 The show slightly picked up in rhythm with John Lely's piece Distance Learning,which dealt with the performers physical limits. To make their point, they used sticks to create obsessive, indistinct sounds on a self-made installation.
However, Living Room Music, by the pioneer John Cage, fully displayed the musicians capabilities.  Using random objects, such as an espresso maker, plastic bowls and glass vases, they recited, drummed and improvised with an uplifting creative energy.
Serge Vuille's Noisy Interval, full of pre-recorded clapping, was used to counterbalance the shows lengthy silences. The last piece, Jacques Demierre's Une Table Pour Trois, translates to A Table For Three.  It was a funny, abstract piece toying with the performers reactions and dynamics. They sat around a table clapping, drumming and, unpredictably, even taking their pants down!
Photo credits: Andreas Zhiler
The most refreshing aspect about We Spoke's sonic performances is the cleverness with which they interweave sophistication and humour.  Their conceptual choices are sometimes difficult to grasp, but they did warm up and stimulate their audience.

Review by Danai Molocha for www.liveatyourlocal.org.uk

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