Studio LaborGras Friday Evening Improvisation

Firday December 16th, 20:30

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Friday Evening Improvisation

Roy Carroll, Julyen Hamilton, Maya Lipsker, Miles Perkin & Michael Vorfeld

Roy Carroll

Roy Carroll is a composer / musician, born in Dublin, living in Berlin.
Working with loudspeakers removed from their cabinets, manipulating them and preparing them with various textured materials, resonant containers etc. The loudspeakers function as both acoustic sound sources in their own right and outlet for computer generated / processed audio. Microscopically detailed acoustic recordings, DIY audio accidents, interior field / concrète recordings etc. are source material used within self-designed audio software. Roy's performances are focused on provoking kinetic and acoustic interactions between the loudspeakers, the resonant / textured materials and computer generated / manipulated sound. His compositional work is similarly focused, albeit with shifted formal and temporal foci. Roy has collaborated extensively with choreographer Maya Lipsker, creating ten pieces together in the last five years. They have just formed The Instrument, a vehicle for producing and presenting their future collaborative work. Composition studies with Roger Doyle and Donnacha Dennehy. M-Phil from Trinity College Dublin.


Julyen Hamilton

Julyen Hamilton, has been making dances, directing and teaching for the past 30 years. He was born in England, then lived in Amsterdam and now is based in Girona, Spain. In 1984 he was awarded the 'Zilveren Dansprijs' by the VSCD in Holland. Trained in a period of experimentation in London in the mid-70s , he has constantly made work from a radical point of view. His work, both in company and solo, develops dance for the theatre where dancers and light designer are directed to compose pieces instantly, a process of practising improvisation in rehearsal and in the moment of performance. Hamilton creates his own personal language where movement and text constantly intertwine and are passed amongst the performers as a way of manifesting the sharing of the imagination. He is also invited to play with musicians, to choreograph for other dancers and to collaborate with other directors. Since 1990 he has made more than 100 solos which have been seen all over the world. They are a highly original interplay between dance, live text and light. His teaching work comes straight from the stage experience; it goes deeply into the compositional aspects of creativity through the areas of the physical body, space, time, dramaturgy and voice. His label Blue Dog DVDs produces videos of his performances on dvd.


Maya Lipsker

Maya Lipsker is a Choreographer, dancer and teacher based in Berlin. Danced three years in BatSheva Ensemble Dance Company and worked with choreographers such as Lara Barsacq, Arkadi Zeides and Sasha Waltz to name a few. Since 2004 began to develop her own choreographic and pedagogic work. She has undertaken artistic residencies at Dock11 (Berlin), LaborGras (Berlin), Random Collision (Netherlands), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland) and Kinitiras (Athens) among others.

Maya's work focuses on details and textures, as well as the emotional impact and narratives that evolve by simple and complex elements, instructions and actions in movement and sound. The Instrument is based around the collaboration between Lipsker and composer / musician Roy Carroll, that started in 2006. In recent years they have been giving artistic workshops based on their collaborative
practice all over Europe. Maya and Roy have been creating independent work in Germany, Greece, Holland and Ireland, as well as guest choreographing works for companies and academies in Europe. They have produced ten pieces together.


Miles Perkin

Miles Perkin (b.1980) is a Canadian musician from Brandon, Manitoba. A bassist, composer, improvisor, songwriter and interpreter with a strong focus on using improvisation as a tool which maintains, respects and enhances compositional structures. He uses a unique combination of conventional, extended and invented techniques along with unconventional tools to coax a vast palate of sounds from his double bass.


Michael Vorfeld

Michael Vorfeld, I started playing music when I was fourteen, after hitch-hiking to the next bigger city and buying a pair of bongos. Increasing my percussion set, I had my first groups. After school I worked in a studio for photography in Cologne. At the same time I got more and more interested in improvised and experimental music. As a member of the artist group 'Heinrich Mucken', founded in 1982, I got involved in site specific art projects. I studied art in Cologne and Visual Communication in Kassel(MA). My visual interest shifted towards the use of light in three dimensional spaces. Now I am living in Berlin, working as musician and visual artist.