Shackle has been invited for a concert and artist talk at KISS2013. No, this has nothing to do with the glamrock band, it is the yearly Kyma Symposium, held in Brussels this time from 12-15 September. Should be a lot of nerding out. Great!
Rehearsing at MusyQ this time, we bumped into a nasty bug that has been, well, bugging our system for a couple of months. Using some extreme insect repellent, we found and disabled it this time, hopefully for good. Then we did some playing, that was very nice.
Next stop: Istanbul. For a Converging Objects workshop at Bilgi University.
More sounds from Shackle.
Last night we played a short set as part of a concert in a lovely little church in Schellingwoude which is just a couple of bridges over the water from Amsterdam. The church was filled with a dedicated local audience and our colleagues played Janacek, Padding, Andriessen and Prokofiev. As we were playing we both really felt how Shackle has a role in guiding the electronic chamber music of the 21st century.
Many thanks to Gerard Bouwhuis and Heleen Hulst for producing the festival and feeding us all so well before the gig.
Shackle can’t resist rehearsing on a regular basis. Anne has moved on to Max6 but is still learning heaps about the Kyma. Robert is going to have new controllers custom built.
Shackle played an Affair again, this time with saxophone player John Dikeman.
From the Tabula Rasa mailing:
Tabula Rasa: Improvised Music @ Maarten Luther Kerk
Wednesday, January 30, 2012, 21:00
Maarten Luther Kerk, Dintelstraat 134
Free Entrance, Donations Welcomed (beer is cheap!)
We are starting off a new season for Tabula Rasa and we’ve made some changes to make things more festive! Concerts will now start at 21.00 and take place in the basement of the church where we have a grand piano, courtesy of Keiko Higuchi, and a good PA, making it possible to expand the horizons of Tabula Rasa programming. The church has also created a small lounge next to the basement where it’s possible to hang out, chat and drink from a new selection of artisanal beer for cheap (or standard beer for really cheap!).
Anne La Berge – flute and electronics
Robert van Heuman – laptop instrument
+ John Dikeman – saxophone
With our new PA available for concerts I wanted to invite an exciting electro-acoustic project to perform. Shackle immediately came to mind as a one of the hardest working electro-acoustic improvised groups around. I figured they’d be perfect to put the system through a thorough workout. They suggested I join, and of course I jumped at the invitation!
Yesterday, Shackle played a short set at the yearly Splendor Parade. For a full house in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam. 500 mostly Splendor members went out there through cold and freezing snowy weather for a fabulous parade of great musicians. We had a great time on our little stage behind the grand piano.
‘Shackle’ is a game for anyone who makes music including professionals and those who occasionally just like to play around with friends or on their own. The game is highly recommended for musicians who seek new territory. It can lead to a range of moments from brilliant inspiration to hilarious chaos. The music of Shackle is truely strong and varied. There are fast, raw passages and also very subdued parts where something new can be heard every time you listen. The power of the duo is that they evoke curiosity without becoming overly abstract.