Appart from the Elektrošokboogie trio 25 years ago, there have only been some rare occasions later, but almost never Tomaž Grom and Zlatko Kaučič never played in a duo. Rare occasion can be seen also in the trombone trio, here composed of three different experiences, taken from the worlds of composed, improvised or jazz music scenes. The trio of Matthias Muche, Matthias Müller and Jeb Bishop first appeared on stage in 2016 in Köln, when they recorded their live album Konzert Für Hannes, published one year later at NotTwo records.
KUD Mreža’s first FriForma event in 2019 is happening on 21 February, Thursday at 20.00 at Klub Gromka, and presenting the fresh trio of legendary Japanese guitarist Taku Sugimoto with laptop/electronic musician Léo Dupleix and double bassist Félicie Bazelaire.
Also on the bill: the long-awaited performance of a Slovenian duo with voice performer Irena Z. Tomažin and double bassist Tomaž Grom.
21 February 2019, Thursday 20.00 – Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Three Ljubljana-based concert cycles and their organizers are joining forces at a special event on 14 October: Zavod Sploh’s Confine Aperto, Miha Zadnikar’s Defonija and KUD Mreža’s FriForma are sharing an exciting evening with two sets of music as a side event of this year’s City Of Women / Mesto žensk festival, and presenting outstanding female artists in the main hall of Španski borci.
Both duo Nabelóse with Greek french horn player Elena Kakaliagou and Austrian pianist Ingrid Schmoliner, plus the trio of French vocalist-clarinettist Isabelle Duthoit, Mexican Paetzold recorder player Angélica Castelló and French pianist Sophie Agnel are making their debut appearance in Slovenia.
In the words of a review, the duo of Elena Kakaliagou and Ingrid Schmoliner “lights a fire in a remote mountain hut, sits us down in front of an ancient fireplace and wraps us up in a warm blanket”. The guests for the first set of the evening move from drone and folk to sovereign elements of freely improvised music, dealing with the position of women in Central European and Greek culture in a completely unique way, using their instruments as well as their voices. Top-class art that may be centuries old or is perhaps just being born – in this very moment. Magical!
We are unsure whether the music of the trio that will perform in the second part of the evening “comes from heaven or hell” – writes the Artacts Festival’s programme guide. Sophie Agnel tickles the ivory, dives deep into the piano’s gut and finally offers us a special voyage to space. Isabelle Duthoit first screams, cries, gargles and curses, then grabs her clarinet only to wring and stretch it, producing sounds which, with eyes closed, we cannot discern from her own voice. And finally comes Angélica Castelló, an amazing sound designer, adding electroacoustic pearls to this masterful ménage à trois. This is nothing else, but witchcraft!
See more City Of Women / Mesto žensk events at the annual festival’s website.
14 October 2018, Friday 21.00 – Španski borci, Ljubljana
We are thrilled to announce the 3-day residency of German improviser, composer and sound artist Annette Krebs and French improviser, composer, saxophonist and organist Jean-Luc Guionnet from 27 until 29 June in Bistrica ob Sotli, rural Slovenia.
The goal of the artists’ residency is to rehearse and record new materials for a future recording release, produced in collaboration by KUD Mreža’s FriForma concert series and Ljubljana-based record label Inexhaustible Editions / Edition FriForma.
The residency concludes with a public performance by the duo of Annette Krebs (electronics) and Jean-Luc Guionnet (church organ) on 29 June, Friday at 8 pm at the beautiful church of St. Paul’s in Bistrica ob Sotli.
29 June 2018, Friday 20.00 – St. Paul Church, Bistrica of Sotli
Duo Minton / Hübsch will present the Metal Breath debut, which will be released shortly before the concert by the Inexhaustible Editions (Ljubljana).
As part of the international project Borderless Dissonance, the new trio by Réka Kutas, Gašper Livk and Jakob Gnigler will be followed.
Phil Minton – voice / Carl Ludwig Hübsch – tuba
Borderless Dissonance # 1: Jakob Gnigler – saxophone / Rék Kutas – cello / Gašper Livk – double bass
You are kindly invited on 8 March 2018 at 20.00 to Klub Gromka!
Photo: Jože Balas