In mid-March, the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop will give an insight into their rehearsals for the concert Sinéad & James via livestream from radialsystem. Hosted by Thomas Mahmoud, the artists will perform excerpts from Sinéad O’Connor’s iconic album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got and James Dillon’s Introitus for 12 string players, 8 speakers and electronics.
As a sequel to Witold/Nico/(Jaws) - successful prelude to the series Back to the Suture in August 2020 - Kaleidoscope thus juxtaposes two musical works of different genres from 1990. Using the film-theoretical concept of suture, the 'sewing together' of supposedly incongruous materials, they examine what happens when aesthetically so different works from different cultural productions collide. Together with artists Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Juan Corres Benito, Kaleidoscope is working on a spatial staging of both pieces: the actual Sinéad & James concert will be presented live later this year.
I Do Not Want I Haven't Got - O'Connor's songs full of heartbreak, melancholy and power, centered on her voice, equally graceful and fragile as angry and sarcastic, combine personal experience and suffering with political issues of their time. Failure and stumbling are essential parts of this album by an artist who kept getting in her own way. At the same time, but from a completely different musical world, James Dillon's Introitus emerged: as a single movement of the monumental cycle Nine Rivers, this composition can be described as a spacey, psychoacoustic confusion of spirals, ramifications and meanderings. The theme is flow, the idea of flux and change, and the fleeting essence of sound itself.
The classic film Back to the Future serves as the series' title reference: as if in a kaleidoscopic time machine, the ensemble beams itself into past decades, not lapsing into nostalgia but examining and experimenting on the musical material of the past in order to land back in today's Berlin with a version suitable for the present. The audience is invited and challenged to develop their own associations and ideas about these so heterogeneous cultural products and to relate them to each other.
Watch the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqqK20z5_Hc