Background Image: SoundEscape by Gerda Geertens
The #11 edition of New Emergences focuses on listening rather than discussing. However, in-between the sets we will use the opportunity to introduce the artists with short conversations.
We are pleased to announce that on Thursday 8 February, we will host performances by Strict Nurse, G.T.Thomas, and SoundEscape.
The artists, invite us to dive into three very different sonic (and visual) worlds, reaching from playfully looping gardens via immersive walls of noise to whispering electronic environments. A small step into unknown territory lets us sink into a sea of delicious underwater worlds that are glowing in the dark. Come with us…. take the plunge!
De Constant Rebecqueplein 20B
2518 RA The Hague, Netherlands
Admission: € 4
Doors open at 20:00, concert starts at 20:30
Strict Nurse is the alter ego of Leilani Trowell. Raised in a strict household in the USA with dreams of becoming a pop star, now residing wildly in the low-lying lands, Strict Nurse improvises with layered cassette loops, samples, synthesizers and a sweet, sinister voice to cast a spellbinding soundscape. Modalities of healing, perversion, power dynamics and personal intuition are the current themes in her work.
“With her ethereal spells Strict Nurse forces you to join her into her estranged realms. Armed with synths, mics and samples, will the droning nurse heal you or put a spell on you?” – Vatican Analog
G.T. Thomas has a B.A. Music Theory and Composition (2004), held two “Composer in Residence” positions before the age of 22, and carried out an apprenticeship in composing, songwriting, orchestration, and producing under master film score composer Chris Dedrick (2007 – 2010).
Since 2009, from her studio in Amsterdam, Thomas writes and records original songs, most commonly performing them live using her voice and bass guitar. She also scores and fully produces music and soundscapes, combining orchestral/ symphonic influences from classic Hollywood, with thick choral harmonies, and electronic elements.
But whether in her songs, commercial work, or her pieces that have been heard in modern art museums around the world, beneath the surface of this more-or-less mainstream palette, there’s a minimalist tendency in Thomas’ approach, fueled by her fascination with what could be called “meter preserving poly-phrases” or “phrase phasing.” She is currently developing work for her synthesizer system, where sequencers assist her in further exploring the phase-like impact of phrases of overlapping varying lengths as they go through modulations and tempo changes.
[Gerda Geertens: composition, computer animation – Martine Von Gleich: violin improvisation]
Since 2016, Gerda Geertens and violinist Martine von Gleich work together as musical collective soundEscape to perform electronic compositions and computer animations with live improvisation.
The intense, colorful instrumental violin sound of Martine von Gleich fits in seamlessly to the mixed media works of computer manipulated images and sounds by Gerda Geertens.
The music of Gerda Geertens originates from the repetition of small particles of sampled sounds. By means of frequency differences each sampled piece of sound gets its own character. Layering repeated sounds with different frequencies and velocities relative to each other result in rhythmic structures and musical form.
no Escape: computer animation by Gerda Geertens
Geertens’ computer animation is mostly built on still images and video material zoomed in to different sizes. These differently sized images are copied and stacked in transparent layers that move relative to each other and result in perpetually changing structures.
In this way the mixed media works of Gerda Geertens are built on repetition of elements in a context of continuously changing relations. But this is not only a matter of technique made possible by the use of the computer. This way of manipulating image and sound is as well an expression of a vision on life in general. The expression of reality as a continuous struggle with the paradox of life. Repetition and change. The perception of a (relatively) unchanging recognizable individuality in relation to an ever changing context of possibilities. And the struggle not to give in to a wish or even an attempt to overcome one at the cost of the other; not to get stuck in an illusion that hides this paradox of life from consciousness.
Martine von Gleich
For this event we would like to thank Peter van Bergen, Marie Guilleray, Studio Loos, and the Creative Industries Fund for their support.