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Showcase Emerging Sound 2022 • SOLD OUT

Meet the next generation of Belgium-based sound artists.

Performances: Raphael Malfliet, Vica Pacheco, Marija Rasa Kudabaitė, Léa Roger

➤ Saturday 14 May 2022 - 20:00
➤ Q-O2 Werkplaats, Brussels
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Showcase Emerging Sound is a project of STUK - Huis voor Dans, Beeld & Geluid, Q-O2 Werkplaats, Musica, Impulscentrum voor Muziek & C-TAKT.


Raphael Malfliet - Governors (20’)
Vica Pacheco - Animacy Or A Breath Manifest (30’)
Marija Rasa Kudabaitė - 111A / -18°C (15’)
Léa Roger - Primary Respiratory Mechanism (25’)


Every year STUK, Q-O2 and Musica present a sample of new sound art in Belgium. Four promising sound artists are selected and put in the spotlights: Marija Rasa Kudabaitė, Raphael Malfliet, Léa Roger and Vica Pacheco. Although these artists are active in a variety of disciplines, this edition focuses primarily on electroacoustic live performances, in which composition and improvisation come together. Because of the renovation works in STUK, this edition of the Showcase takes place at Q-O2 in Brussels.

You can combine the showcase with a visit to the exhibition (un)common grounds by our partners Overtoon and Werktank at iMAL, in the same building as Q-O2. You'll find work by a.o. (who had a show in STUKcafé in 2019), Amber Meulenijzer (one of the artists of Hear Here) and Vica Pacheco, who performs live during the showcase.


Vica Pacheco was born in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, but lives and works in Brussels. In her multifaceted practice she combines electroacoustic music, sound art, video animation and sculpture. Her performance Animacy Or A Breath Manifest emerged from an investigation into pre-Columbian instruments made from ceramics. This resulted in a series of marvelous whistle-sculptures that open up an entire new sonic universe, in which breathing, organicity and energy are central elements. In doing so, Pacheco builds upon ancient musical and ritual practices as well as mythological meanings.


Born in Lithuania, living in Brussels: musician and sound artist Marija Rasa Kudabaitė explores in her practice sonic spatialization, texture and fragility. Since her studies at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, she has been working on a series of acousmatic pieces for multichannel speaker systems. In these compositions she carefully sculptures soundscapes out of delicate noise, electronic sounds and field recordings of extremely quiet places. The title of the first composition (111A) refers to the house number of a courtyard where Kudabaitė made recordings during a quiet night. The second piece (-18ºC) is based on a recording made by Audrius Šimkūnas in Utena, Lithuania, during a temperature of minus 18 degrees Celsius. Both compositions combine amplified and edited field recordings with instruments such as synthesizer, harp and cymbal.


As a musician and sound artist, Léa Roger is interested in the unpredictable and fragile aspects of sound. Through improvisation, recordings, compositions and installations, she seeks physical immersive experiences that put us in a state of semi-hypnosis. She began as a Celtic harpist, but later added objects, effects, percussion, voice, electronic instruments and installative elements. For her performance, she draws inspiration from the micro-movement that animates all the tissues of the body, a rhythmic motion described in osteopathy as an ebb and flow. This has an influence on the organism, especially when it changes in amplitude and frequency. She translates this into a work for harp and a mechanical bow that generates a psychoacoustic listening experience through amplification, controlled feedback and spatialization.


An electric bass guitarist, composer and resident at ChampdAction, Antwerp-based Raphael Malfliet is a versatile creator. His compositions balance between composed and improvisation, between fixed and chance. In the piece Governors, 3 performers explore the interplay between feedback. Each player acts as a 'governor' regulating the feedback through 3 parameters: 1) the volume knob, 2) the distance between the musician's body and the amplifier, 3) the muting of the strings. As such the 3 performers are jointly facilitating the harmonic interplay of feedback signals, no one takes the dictatorial lead, as in a democracy. At the same time there is a lot of room for unpredictability: the feedback accumulates, clashes with each other, absorbs each other.

Performers: Anne - Lene Nöldner, Maarten Buyl & Raphael Malfliet
Supported by: ChampdAction


Showcase Emerging Sound 2019

Lukas De Clerck
Lore Stessel & Ruben Martinez Orio
Oona Libens
Jonathan Frigeri

Showcase Emerging Sound 2021

Anne van de Star
Dominik ‘t Jolle
Arzu Saglam
Charlie Usher
Andrés Navarro García
Beyt al Tapes (Niels Latomme)

Sat 14 May 2022 20:00


Q-O2 Werkplaats, Koolmijnenkaai 30, 1080 Brussel


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