During NES I’m working on a commissioned ensemble piece for the Austrian Ensemble reconsil (ob, clar, tromb, pno, vl, vla, vcl).
Furthermore, I’m collaborating with Tobias Leibetseder on a work for piano and electronics, where Tobias and I will perform ourselves.
You can see more of Katharina’s work on her website https://www.katharina-roth.com/
“All my life, I have been fascinated with the connection between sight, sound, visual arts, and music. I regularly collaborate with video artist Yiannos Economou and other visual artists as a performer, composer, and improviser. The focus in my work is on the invisible, almost mysterious link between image and sound and how they work together and complement each other. I hope that with my work the audience will appreciate the intimate but rather ephemeral quality of live performances.
During my stay in NES Artist Residency, I will continue to work on a project, descending directly from my previous collaboration with Yiannos Economou, Sonitus Urbanitatis: An Interdisciplinary Show On Human Space & Time.
The new project in Iceland is called Sonitus Borealis and is a collaboration between visual and sound artists, writers, poets, all residents of NES, and me as a piano performer and improviser, interacting with their work. I also use my time to research sounds that originate from the unique Icelandic nature and incorporate them in my compositions.”
Galina was born and raised in Bulgaria. She graduated from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Art in Plovdiv in 1990, where later, in 2017 she obtained her PhD on a research of the works of the Cypriot composer Nicolas Economou. Galina moved to Cyprus in 1994. Today she lives and works in Paphos as a piano performer, musicologist, educator, and composer.
Galina performed the collaborative project Sonitus Borealis on the 25th July 2021 at Holaneskirkja, Skagaströnd in Iceland.
You can look and listen to more on Galina’s YouTube channel
Mercedes Krapovickas and Jukka-Pekka have spent their time at NES working on the project Ecdysis and El circo. Ecdysis is a series of electroacoustic pieces for live electronics and bandoneon. It is an internal and external search where Mercedes explore beliefs, limits and the possibilities of the unknown.
El circo is a collaborative project between Mercedes and Finnish musician and luthier Jukka-Pekka. The work is meant to be electroacoustic, combining acoustically played bandoneon music, electroacoustic collages and electronically created pieces, creating the impression of a circus environment in Buenos Aires in the early 1900s. At the same time, the work is a symbolic account of the mixing and diversity of people.
Alexandra Ivanova is a composer, musician, researcher and writer, mentored by Lebanese-American composer and pianist Tarek Yamani. Through her writings and music, Alexandra aims to recreate connection and relatability between cultures that are othered in present times. Alexandra is working on new compositions and deepening her study of Azeri and Cuban folklore.
During her NES residency, she also discovered Icelandic folkloric songs through the history of the forgotten Icelandic Fidla. Alexandra sheds light on possible links of certain Icelandic folklore to Oriental influences and is creating new arrangements that celebrate these unlikely connections.
When not on the keys, Alexandra is researching and writing about identity, belonging and privilege. Her activities and interviews with Skagaströnd’s local community are part of her process creating an interactive theatre piece that questions social norms.
Building on her recent debut concert in Vienna, Alexandra is also combining her spoken word poems and compositions in live performances that spark questions around current social and cultural topics.
Follow her on Instagram: @a.i.jazz
(1)Group in Skagaströnd: http://ludwignikulski.de
(2) Solo image: Sam Adutwum (@samadutwum)
Live video credits: Amin Ebrahimi (@amin_embrahiimii)