Sunday 9th April – Langside Halls
Doors open at 3pm
We first discovered singer and multi-instrumentalist Svitlana Nianio’s music on the aptly titled ‘Music The World Does Not See’ – a small compilation of Polish and Ukrainian artists from the 1990’s with deep roots in Slavic folk traditions, as well ear for the avant-garde. Described as “deeply rooted in primeval myths, creating a world of magic realism” Svitlana’s music pushes ancient Ukrainian folk music in haunting and unpredictable directions, whilst retaining a tender minimalism at its core.
Svitlana still makes music to this day, but has a long history in the Ukrainian underground; as member of her ЦукорБілаСмерть (Cukor Bila Smert’), in solo projects or collaborations. We believe her work is deserving of more people’s ears, so it is a pleasure to welcome her to the UK for the first time for this edition of Counterflows.
Part of the constantly adventurous Wandelweiser collective – home to the likes of Michael Pisaro, Radu Malfatti and Jurg Frey – Eva-Maria Houben creates vast, incorporeal forms from almost nothing – music that lingers long after the last note has dissipated. Born in Germany, she has an impressive history as a composer, theorist, pianist and organist, taking influence from (and further developing) a past canon of unheard moments, stretching from John Cage to the Second Viennese School, to even as far back as Berlioz and Bruckner.
Both carefully nuanced and obsessively singular – her evocative solo piano works have a warmth and beauty to them that stands out beyond the occasionally bare and dry work of her contemporaries. In the words of Ben Harper, “this is living, messy, human music.” Join us a for a relaxed Sunday afternoon piano concert at this years’ Counterflows.
Performance made possible thanks to support from the Goethe Institute.