vocal performance art, sound and music
DESIGNING VOICES is a series of sound and music performances focusing on vocal performance art that in 2021 has been granted funding by the Musikfonds e.V. and the MWFK of the Federal State of Brandenburg.

DESIGNING VOICES features vocal performance artists as well as musicians who use their voice as integral part of their performance practice. The theme of 2021 revolves around the pipe organ, voices and gesture-controlled live electronics.
DESIGNING VOICES is taking place during the first week of November 2021 in the form of a festival with daily presentations in two churches, the Französische Kirche Potsdam (2-3 Nov.) and the St. Matthäus Kirche Berlin (4-6 Nov.). Bringing together the tradition of pipe organ playing with the innovative performance practice of applying gesture-controlled live electronics, the featured artists are Sten Sandell (Stockholm, SE) on organ, piano, voice and live electronics and Alex Nowitz (Potsdam) on voice and live electronics (strophonion). This year they launch the duet project called SAM. Commissioned by the new music festival 'intersonanzen 21', the premiere of SAM takes place on the 19th of August in the Nikolaikirche Potsdam.

Inviting the vocal performance artists Tone Åse (Trondheim, NO), Franziska Baumann (Bern, CH), Ute Wassermann (Berlin) and the musicians Matthias Bauer (Berlin), Frédéric Blondy (Avallon, FR), Sabine Vogel (Potsdam) and Biliana Voutchkova (Berlin), the duet of Sandell & Nowitz delves into an intriguing and intensive exchange with extraordinary, internationally renowned vocal performance artists and musicians. DESIGNING VOICES showcases all of the invited artists as soloists as well.

The music performances of DESIGNING VOICES are accompanied by lectures or lecture-performances, sound installations and audio-visual works, all of which illuminate the characteristics and peculiarities of contemporary vocal performance art.

Alex Nowitz developed the music series DESIGNING VOICES in close dialogue with Alexandra Klatt, director of the Berlin Design Week (27 May—6 June 2021), discussing the topic New Traditions and planning a joint venture. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the music series DESIGNING VOICES needed to be postponed to the first week of November 2021.

— 2 Nov., Französische Kirche Potsdamb i r d s
SAM (Sten Sandell & Alex Nowitz), special guests: Ute Wassermann (voice, whistles), Frédéric Blondy (organ, prepared piano)
— 3 Nov., Französische Kirche Potsdamb o w s
SAM (Sten Sandell & Alex Nowitz), special guests: Biliana Voutchkova (violin, voice), Matthias Bauer (double bass, voice)

— 4 Nov., St. Matthäus Kirche Berlinp i p e s
SAM (Sten Sandell & Alex Nowitz), special guest: Sabine Vogel (flutes, voice)
— 5 Nov., St. Matthäus Kirche Berlinm o u t h s
SAM (Sten Sandell & Alex Nowitz), special guest: Tone Åse (voice, live electronics)

— 6 Nov., St. Matthäus Kirche Berlino p e r a d i c a l s
SAM (Sten Sandell & Alex Nowitz), special guest: Franziska Baumann (voice, live electronics: sensorglove)

Subject to change without prior notice.

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