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Musical creation, a corporeal phenomenon?

Naturally our body is our first musical instrument. By acquiring skills and technology, we expand our available means. At times, musicians question the corporeal conventions of musical instruments. Some even challenge the (ontological) distinction between human and non-human bodies. Others (de)construct a bodily identity through artistic practice.

Embodiment, proximity, enactment; or abstraction, perspective, design.

Apparently opposed, yet often complementary approaches to composition.

Today’s musicians increasingly grow aware of our bodily circumstance. In aspects like ability or identity, it may imply deep inspiration, a medium for expression, or complete detachment.

Corporeality in new music: a diverse topic that ranges artistic, political, ergonometric and discursive issues.

Panel members:

Rohan Chander (BAKUDI SCREAM): “His work concerns the positioning of personal experience upon post digital culture, calling attention to identity, body, performativity, and bias. Rohan’s primary engagement with genre space as a vehicle for critique of community against the self creates larger, often extra-terrestrial narratives about methods for self actualization.”

UNLOCKING PERCEPTION: Death, Interfaces, and Quantum Metaphors

How are you perceived? This is the driving question that will shape this workshop with composer, electronic musician, and finalist for the Gaudeamus Award Rohan Chander/BAKUDI SCREAM. Audience members will be encouraged to bring or share objects of personal significance to them as a starting point to understand the poles of death and corporeality, and how an altered state of perception and non perception can unlock radical methods of communal actualization.

Maya Felixbrot researches the reconnection of sound and movement as a whole: a woven fabric where the two create a new territory. She is a composer and Violist and a certified Laban Bartenieff Movement System Analyst.

She is the co-founder of Moving Strings – a non-hierarchical, Amsterdam-based female collective of musicians, exploring the relation and boundaries between movement, body, sound and space. We are mainly stringed-instruments players, but also winds, percussion and voice. Musicians with extensive experience in classical and contemporary music, and passion for improvisation and multi-stylistic musicianship.


How does sound breathe? How can it dance with our beating hearts? Where does rhythm, melody and harmony connect through the body and in space? and join us as a collective? Maya Felixbrot, Violist, composer, certified Laban Bartenieff Movement System Analyst and one of the founders of the Moving Strings collective, invites you to experience the unity of sound and movement through the body and taste how this connection can support communication, expression of understanding, and of course making music and creation. We will definitely move, sound and listen! 

Bethany Younge: “All of my works, regardless of instrumentation or media, are, in essence, works for voice and percussion. It is through these mediums that the act of music-making cannot be divorced from the human instigator. By no means do I reject the corporeal gifts those other instruments bestow, but rather reimagine them so that the experiencer/doer—as they are so inextricably linked—cannot be easily forgotten.”

In Younge’s workshop, bodily awareness and expressions of identity are explored in three modes: “You are the instrument,” “The instrument is anthropomorphized,” and “The instrument plays you.” The workshop will simultaneously render participants activator and activated, leader and follower, composer and composed, conscious and subconscious, human and animal. These felt dualities (and their subsidence) have the potential to usher in new forms of corporeal knowledge

Schedule, Wednesday September the 7th

9:45-10:00 – Keynote/general introduction
10:00-10:20 – Introduction panel members

Then we split into four groups, each joining a panel member for their workshop/interaction. Participants may choose three workshops/interactions.

10:20-11:00 workshop/interaction round 1
11:00-11:40 workshop/interaction round 2

11:40-12:00 break

12:00-12:40 workshop/interaction round 3
12:40-13:00 plenary discussion