Work-in-progress sharing / discussion with audience
Wednesday, 18 October, at 15:30, location: Red Room (Please note: changed time to 15:30)
With composer Matthew Grouse in a quasi-documentarian role, the investigative core of music-theatre work ‘We’re Pleased To Meet Us’ is EKKI MINNA Duo itself, as distinct individuals and as two halves of a whole. The trio committed to a radically egalitarian creative process, which itself becomes the primary focus of the performed work, with all its flaws and foibles.
Introspective narrative is woven from elements of documentary-style footage of the collaborative process, musical commentary, electro-acoustic collaging of voices, and the choreographic potential in our individual physical mannerisms.
In this IAC showcase, the trio share a work-in-progress performance of the first few sections of the work and will then invite the audience to discuss what they have just seen.
Matthew Grouse is a composer, originally from Yorkshire (UK), currently living in Copenhagen, and studying in Aarhus (DK). He often works at an intersection between music for instruments and voices; electronic sound; text; video; and performance. His work regularly engages with a re-contextualisation of everyday sounds, objects, and automatic, repetitive behaviours to reveal the latently musical in the banal.
Recent pieces have involved, amongst other things, documentary techniques; self-reflexivity; audience participation; repetition; custom-built, tactile electronic instruments; YouTube comments sung by a choir and virtual singer soloist; and spatialised orchestral music performed on top of mountains, in train stations, in swimming pools, and in remote communities.
EKKI MINNA performs, curates, and collaborates. Via their multifaceted interdisciplinary approach, they discover and share genre-fluid avenues of expression and communication. Described as “self-consciously quirky” and “melt[ing] us all, via choreography, into another plain altogether”, they consciously expand the accordion & cello formation beyond instrumentation into something introspective and conscious.
Through their collaborative compositional methodology, the duo takes a hands-on approach to co-creation with composers and artists, from conception to realisation, often with a loose determination and a raw experimentalism free from boundaries. Combining mediums such as documentation, multimedia, dance, choreography and light design, they often compose interludes curating an overarching audio-visual experience.
Photo: Henry Sakkak Larsen