Porting Self, a music project extending traditional instruments through electroacoustic composition and realtime sonic alterations. The project is organised for the Sound Quartet ensemble with Thomas Bjelkeborn as artistic director, funded by Swedish Performing Arts Agency, Stockholm City Culture, Nordic Culture Point and Helge Ax:son Johnsons fund. The ensemble is Thomas Bjelkeborn laptop/electronics, Emma Lloyd violin/electronics, Émilie Girard-Charest cello & Koray Tahiroğlu laptop/electronics. The project is organised by Sound Department AB at Studio 84 with workshops and concerts at Fylkingen. Parts of artistic work also at Elektronmusikstudion and Sound and Physical Interaction Research Group. Work-in-progress concert 19th October 2018 with premiere of Porting Self on 29th March 2019 at Fylkingen Stockholm. For updates also www.facebook.com/portingself/.
Wednesday 19 sept 2018 _ The event in now up on Facebook. Soon concert at Fylkingen, looking forward to a nice Fridays PUSH with Emma Lloyd, Émilie Girard-Charest, Koray Tahiroglu , Thomas Bjelkeborn with among others Purfling by Malin Bång and also KET - audiovisual artproject
Wednesday 12 sept 2018 _ Emma Lloyd will perform Purfling by Swedish composer Malin Bång during the next Fridays PUSH Fylkingen 19th October, as part of the first concert for the Porting Self project. Emma Lloyd will also perform her own and other exciting music during her solo set.
Tuesday 11 sept 2018 _ Polymorpher is now available for listening on Soundcloud. Émilie Girard-Charest cello playing live at Fridays PUSH Fylkingen with Thomas Bjelkeborn laptop/electronics and Philippe Moenne-Loccoz laptop/electronics. This is a Sound Quartet production.
Friday 7 sept 2018 _ Emma Lloyd and Jess Aslan as KUBOV shared stage with Sound Quartet - Thomas Bjelkeborn, Paul Pignon and Viktor Zeidner at a Metanast concert in Manchester in 2014. In 2016 Kubov visited the PUSH festival and they shared stage again with Sound Quartet in Edinburgh. In 2017 Emma was invited to perform with Sound Quartet at Fridays PUSH with Hara Ash and Thomas Bjelkeborn. Please enjoy this delightful and intense musical moment of that meeting.
Thursday 6 sept 2018 _ In 2013 Émilie Girard-Charest played solo at the wonderful Quiet Cue in Berlin run by the fantastic Nicolas Wiese and Michael Renkel. Thomas Bjelkeborn and Philippe Moenne-Loccoz played as Sound Quartet on the same night. Thomas met with the others again in 2015, now for joint work and a concert in Lyon where Émile does her Phd and Philippe lives. Last year 2017 they all performed as a trio at Fridays PUSH Fylkingen supported by Kultur Stockholms stad. Polymorpher from Sound Quartet on Vimeo.
Wednesday 5 sept 2018 _ KET is the first joint artistic work of Thomas Bjelkeborn and Koray Tahiroğlu. It's been performed at Cafe OTO, NIME, Audio Art festival, Metanast, Gävle Teater and Fylkingen. With KET as inspiration Thomas Bjelkeborn visited SOPI during 2017/2018 for pre-studies with Koray Tahiroglu in search for the Porting Self project, supported by Nordic Culture Point. KET is both a specific artistic work and also the musical duo KET (Koray & Thomas). KET live in Gävle Sweden 2015 from Sound Quartet on Vimeo.
Tuesday 4 sept 2018 _ Thomas Bjelkeborn, composer, curator and sound artist from Stockholm. He is known in contemporary music circles since 1988, primarily established as EAM composer for international festivals, often in the context of residencies at prominent music institutions. In his work, he investigates the relationship between traditional acoustic instruments and it's electronic extensions, where new physical-digital instruments often are combined with advanced audiovisuals to explore music beyond known horizons. He has performed compositions on all continents and frequently tours with BOP and Sound Quartet.
Monday 3 sept 2018 Koray Tahiroğlu is a musician, Academy of Finland research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Media, Aalto University School of ARTS, Finland. He is the founder and head of SOPI (Sound and Physical Interaction) research group. He practices art as a researcher focusing on embodied approaches to sound and music interaction, as well as a performer of live electronic music. Since 2004, he has been also teaching workshops and courses introducing artistic strategies and methodologies for creating interactive music. Tahiroğlu has performed experimental music in collaboration as well as in solo performances in Europe, North America and Australia.
Friday 31 aug 2018 Émilie Girard-Charest is a cellist, composer and improviser. She works as a soloist and in different ensembles like Allogene and Quatuor d'occasion. She has participated in numerous creations with many composers including Fredrik Gran and she has several recordings to her credit. Émilie has participated in festivals such as Ars Musica, Donaueschingen Musiktage, Sonido Presente and MuTe Fest. She works regularly with theater, dance and performance circles and is developing projects with several multidisciplinary artists. Émilie graduated from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with a master in contemporary performance/composition from Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and currently working on her doctorate at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon.
Thursday 30 aug 2018 Emma Lloyd is a violinist specialising in the performance of experimental contemporary music and improvisation. She performs as a soloist and in small ensembles, working often with live electronics, and collaborating regularly with composers. In addition to the modern set-up, she plays a baroque violin and performs both baroque and contemporary music written specifically for this instrument. As an improviser, Emma's performance tends to be quiet and intimate in nature, exploring the innate timbral qualities of the violin, and discovering some of the often hidden sounds that can be found with her unique combination of technique and tools.