Friday 4th November, 20:00
Entrance free


One does not need to invent, just to intervene.
(from ‘Everything is New’, an essay by Irish composer
and musicologist Seán Clancy)

Our Autumn 2011 edition, ‘Intervention’, will feature two
performances across the evening of Friday 4 November:
Dublin-based percussionist-composer Dennis Cassidy,
and Berlin/NYC vocal duo Tryst.

We wish to celebrate the creative act of intervening on
existing material to create something new and novel. An
inherently performative concept, ‘intervention’ is perhaps
now more than ever a defining metaphor in performance

Vocal duo Tryst’s performance practice represents an
intelligent and highly variegated approach to this paradigm.
Drawing inspiration from jazz, contemporary, classical,
cabaret and folk performance cultures, Michelle O’Rourke
and Nora Ryan explore and interpret vocal repertoire.
This eclectic approach, combined with the singers’ rare
chemistry, throws music from the canon into a new,
idiosyncratic, unique and beautiful light.

Renowned British tenor John Potter (Hilliard Ensemble, Red Byrd)
has described the synergy between O’Rourke and Ryan as
“a magical unison”. Featuring a captivating mix of arranged
and improvised music, Tryst performs a seamless show that
re-imagines, re-invents and re-defines conceptions of the
singer’s role as interpreter. American art song is placed in the
dark atmosphere of Tom Waits, solos by John Cage are lent
a new, subtle theatre, and Kurt Weill torch song becomes
haunting two-part counterpoint.

O’Rourke and Ryan perform with regular collaborators:
composer-drummer Dennis Cassidy, bassist Sean Maynard
Smith For this performance at the LEAP, they will be joined
by Berlin-based Irish composer-guitarist Brian Flynn (Ultrasutra)
and Danish choreographer-dancer Silja Thomsen.
Their performance will feature the European premiere of new work
Mad Sweet Pangs through my Belly & Breast by Irish composer
Judith Ring. Michelle O’Rourke commissioned this work for Tryst
with funds from the Irish Arts Council: the work was premiered in
New York this September.

Regular Tryst collaborator Dennis Cassidy will open the evening
with a solo percussion/electronics set featuring groove-based
work created from old vinyl recordings of heart beat defects.

Tryst and Dennis Cassidy perform at LEAP with the support of
a grant from Culture Ireland.


The Ergodos Quarterly Edition @ LEAP, Berlin

Dublin-based production company and record label Ergodos
and LEAP (Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance) Berlin
are delighted to announce the start of an ongoing
collaborative relationship, which will manifest itself primarily
in a quarterly “edition” at the Alexanderplatz space.
Ergodos will curate a weekend’s worth of events four times
a year, each one built around a particular theme, and
featuring performances, installations and presentations
concerned with theoretical aspects of sonic arts practices.
Central curatorial concerns include the showcasing of work
by a pool of distinctive and exciting Irish composers, sound
artists and performers, creative exchange and collaboration
with local artists and performers, and accessible and
intelligent dialogue around sonic arts practices.



Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance
(Berlin Carré 1. Stock)
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13
10178 Berlin


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