Mohammad Reza Mortazavi & Burnt Friedman (YEK) + Pak Yan Lau
Oriental sounds, mystical trance: tombak player Mohammad Reza Mortazavi in dialogue with electronics grandmaster Burnt Friedman, alongside a brand new ensemble work by Pak Yan Lau.
YEK is the collaboration between electronics grandmaster Burnt Friedman and Iranian percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, started from a shared interest in irregular, cyclic rhythms. Mortazavi's viruoso fingering on tombak and daf, two traditional Persian hand drums, blends delicately with Friedman's subtle electronics. The result is an ecstatic trip from dub and techno to traditional Persian music and back.
Belgian experimental musician Pak Yan Lau introduces her new project Bakunawa, an ensemble piece for five musicians. Expect a stage packed with toy pianos, metal tubes, harps and electronics. The compositions are inspired by Asian ritual music (such as gamelan), ambient and minimal music in the style of Philip Glass and Eliane Radigue. Fun fact: Bakunawa is a snake-like dragon from the Philippines. People loudly play pots and pans to chase her away.
Pak Yan Lau - ensemble:
Pak Yan Lau (composition, gongs, toy pianos, metal objects, electronics)
Giovanni Di Domenico (gongs, toy pianos, metal objects)
João Lobo (gongs, toy pianos, metal objects)
Mathieu Calleja (gongs, toy pianos, metal objects)
Vera Cavallin (harp, gongs, toy pianos, metal objects)
Christophe Albertijn (sound & electronics)