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KISS2014 Concert Performances

Recordings from the five concerts of performances at KISS 2014 in Lübeck Germany.

A complete schedule of the sixth annual Kyma International Sound Symposium can be found at

KISS2014 -- FLOW: Silvia Matheus, Nayla Mehdi, İlker Işıkyakar, E. Zoe Schutzman

Silvia Matheus, Kyma; Nayla Mehdi, Kyma; İlker Işıkyakar, Kyma; E. Zoe Schutzman, voice

Flow is an open form piece for four performers using Kyma, voice, electronics, and acoustic instruments. Ms. Matheus’ concept for this collaborative composition is based on an image of the 5 elements – fire, earth, metal, water and wood – through their cycles of generation and their spans of control. The image was used to construct a music structure, and provides sound and visual inspiration.

An image was presented to three other composers living in different locations in the United States. They met via Skype to discuss ways to interpret it. After a series of consecutive meetings, they decided not to exchange sound material, but to focus only on the structural idea for the piece and let it take form live on stage. This would let the sounds flow, enabling a new piece to come alive with each performance and to share the excitement of responding spontaneously to the unpredictable possibilities as they emerge. One performer directs the others through hand gestures and text. The commands navigate performers throughout the different elements on the circle and suggest moments for listening and interaction.

The style of this piece is structural and dynamic: not one component is defined or fixed. The image is the graphic score. It can be understood as a flux of continuous energy, a web full of possibilities – for interpretation, learning, and creation.

Sunday 28 September 2014, Musikhochschule Lübeck Große Saal