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tenor- and soprano saxophone – percussions – piano


a guide to what we can hear but cannot see

Casa Morra. Archivi d’Arte Contemporanea
saturday, May 13, 2023 9:00 p.m.
free admission subject to availability

In an Italian premiere, Christoph Erb, Gerry Hemingway and Magda Mayas will improvise in the performance SONIC TOPOGRAPHIES a guide to what we can hear but cannot see on saturday, May 13, 2023 at 9 p.m. at Casa Morra Archivi d’Arte Contemporanea, organized in collaboration with Complus Events, Fondazione Morra and E-M Arts cultural association.

Christoph Erb on tenor and soprano saxophone, Gerry Hemingway on percussions and Magda Mayas on piano: their performance is free and decidedly improvised. There are no boundaries in this vibrating interaction between bodies, instruments and silence, the sonic fabric surprise us with new aural vistas. These sounds result imposing, eruptive, sometimes brutal, sometimes calm or hypnotic. A unique chance to participate in a spectacular, courageous, and exciting performance.

The other two tour dates, promoted by Complus Events with the support of Pro Helvetia Swiss Foundation for Culture, KANTON LUZERN Kulturförderung SWISSLOS, SIS Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung, Fondation Nicati-de Luze, are in Rome on Friday, May 12 at the Auditorium Rai Radio 3 Suite and Sunday, May 14 at SIC12 artstudio.

Since 2009 Gerry Hemingway taught the art of percussion at the Hochschule Lucerne (University of Applied Sciences and Arts), where Magda Mayas also is teaching improvisation since 2019.

Bathing Music is the trio’s first event performed on Oct. 9, 2020 at Neubad in Lucerne, and four days later Dinner Music on Oct. 13, 2020 at the Mysterious Jazz club in Zurich; both recordings are released by Veto Records. www.veto-records.ch

United by the intuition that undulating, monotonously tapped sounds have a particular effect when rubbed and layered, Erb blows small fluctuations and knocks like echoes of whistles spread by the wind, Hemingway makes the metal of cymbals tick like bells submerged underwater, and Magda Mayas indulges in the vibrations emitted by prepared strings trembling in rapid and lively motion.

Christoph Erb (1973, Switzerland) is active with his independent label Veto Records since 2007; in 2011 he moved to Chicago for a residency of several months and here created numerous collaborations with improvising musicians such as Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Jason Adasciewicz, Tomeka Reid, Jim Baker, Frank Rosaly and many others. www.erb.li

Gerry Hemingway (1955, USA) involved in improvised music generated without preordained instructions, structures or agreements, he is composer, singer and film-maker, member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet from 1983 to 1994. https://www.gerryhemingway.com

Magda Mayas (1979, Germany) a pupil of the genius improviser pianist Misha Mengelberg, has refined the technique of the prepared piano and developed a particular way of playing the strings through preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself. www.magdamayas.com

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