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Doublespeak | Doublethink in unerhoerte Musik, Berlin

Yesterday I performed my new solo program Doublespeak | Doublethink in the longest-running new music series, Unerhoerte Musik in the BKA Theater, Berlin. One of the good things about this period we all are trudging through are the lasting mementos of our streamed shows. Here it is!

Doublespeak | Doublethink
Thomas R. Moore | Trombone

“You do not exist,” George Orwell 1984

In the iconic book, 1984, Orwell defines Doublethink as the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one’s head and to believe them both simultaneously. In this program we will walk the edge between two thoughts, doubling and negating the original, both the sound of the trombone and the physical performance itself. The soloist, Thomas Moore will take on a split personality, be pre-recorded, live-manipulated, duplicated and nullified. 

Program

  • Marino, Jessie: Commitment :: Ritual :: BiiM (2011) for solo performer, lights and tape – 4′
  • Beyer, Stefan: Strandung (2016, rev 2020) for trombone and electronics – 12’
  • Maierhof, Michael: Splitting 53* (2016-18) for trombone, amplified splitter and tape – 9’
  • Bark, Jan & Rabe, Folke: Ach Chamberlin (1965) tape – 6’
  • Henderickx, Wim: Akasha*, from VOID (2020) for trombone/voice and live electronics – 10’
  • Ivičević, Mirela: Orgy of References (2012, rev. 2019) for speaker/singer and live electronics – 8’

*World Premiere 

A small warning: This program acknowledges the existence of and explicitly refers to sexual acts. It may therefore not be appropriate for some people. 

On the radio today!

Today I had the chance to speak live on Klara, the Belgian classical music station. My thanks to Olaf Grondelaers for the fun interview and Carlo Siau for the great prep work!

Here’s a link to the web-story. On that page you’ll find all the music I was asked to introduce plus the actual 10 min (!) interview clip, too. Enjoy!

Music Matters and the Belgian Music Week

Doublespeak | Doublethink

In the coming weeks I will present a new solo program that will be streamed twice from two wonderful locations. The program is titled ‘Doublespeak | Doublethink’ and features works from Jessie Marino, Stefan Beyer and Mirela Ivičević as well as two premieres, one by Wim Henderickx and the other from Michael Maierhof. It would be wonderful to ‘see’ you all there!

Doublespeak | Doublethink
Thomas R. Moore | Trombone

“You do not exist,” George Orwell 1984

In the iconic book, 1984, Orwell defines Doublethink as the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one’s head and to believe them both simultaneously. In this program we will walk the edge between two thoughts, doubling and negating the original, both the sound of the trombone and the physical performance itself. The soloist, Thomas Moore will take on a split personality, be pre-recorded, live-manipulated, duplicated and nullified. 

Shows

Saturday, 30 January 2021 at 8:30 pm (UTC +1)
PXP: Thomas Moore – Doublespeak | Doublethink / warmup: Taha & Yassine Posman
Facebook event | YouTube Live Stream

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 at 8 pm (UTC +1)
Unerhörte Musik: Thomas R. Moore, Posaune – Doublespeak | Doublethink 
Website Venue | YouTube Live Stream

Program

  • Marino, Jessie: Commitment :: Ritual :: BiiM (2011) for solo performer, lights and tape – 4′
  • Beyer, Stefan: Strandung (2016, rev 2020) for trombone and electronics – 12’
  • Maierhof, Michael: Splitting 53* (2016-18) for trombone, amplified splitter and tape – 9’
  • Bark, Jan & Rabe, Folke: Ach Chamberlin (1965) tape – 6’
  • Henderickx, Wim: Akasha*, from VOID (2020) for trombone/voice and live electronics – 10’
  • Ivičević, Mirela: Orgy of References (2012, rev. 2019) for speaker/singer and live electronics – 8’

*World Premiere 

A small warning: This program acknowledges the existence of and explicitly refers to sexual acts. It may therefore not be appropriate for some people. 

Doublespeak | Doublethink

photo (c) Kristof Lemp

Doublespeak | Doublethink, a new program has two new dates in two months in two cities in two countries:

PostX – 30 January 2021 – Merelbeke, Belgium

Unerhoerte Musik, BKA Theater – 16 February 2021 – Berlin, Germany

“You do not exist,” George Orwell 1984

In the iconic book, 1984, Orwell defines Doublethink as the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one’s head and to believe them both simultaneously. In this program we will walk the edge between two thoughts, doubling and negating the original, both the sound of the trombone and the physical performance itself. The soloist, Thomas Moore will take on a split personality, be pre-recorded, live-manipulated, duplicated and nullified.

Program

Marino, Jessie: Commitment :: Ritual :: BiiM (2011) for solo performer, lights and tape – 4′

Beyer, Stefan: Strandung (2016, rev 2020) for trombone and electronics – 12’

Maierhof, Michael: Splitting 53* (2016-18) for trombone, amplified splitter and tape – 9’

Bark, Jan & Rabe, Folke: Ach Chamberlin (1965) tape – 6’

Henderickx, Wim: Akasha*, from VOID (2020) for trombone/voice and live electronics – 10’

Ivičević, Mirela: Orgy of References (2012, rev. 2019) for speaker/singer and live electronics – 8’

*World Premiere

En Avante Marche – Trombone style

This Wednesday, the 7th of October I am going to play a solo-recital in a small castle in the Ardennes that, due to COVID19, the organizer also is going to live stream. It is a benefit concert for Music Fund and the concert can be viewed via Facebook live at this link: www.facebook.com/MusicFund. The concert starts at 7 pm (Brussels time, GMT +2).

Music Fund does wonderful work, collecting and repairing second-hand instruments to then distribute to musicians and music schools in conflict areas, including Gaza and the Congo. They also train instrument repairers and have their own studios. During my concert, the trombone specialist from the studio in Marche-en-Famenne will also talk about her work and the history of the instrument. 


The concert program is very diverse, with some 20th century works by American composers and a local Belgian hero from the previous century, Lucien Goethals, a premiere by Frederik Neyrinck and even a couple snippets of Bach. 

OUTERSPACE in Warsaw

Monday evening at the TR Warszawa, the French/Polish composer Pierre Jodlowski will be featured in a monographic concert as part of the Avant Art Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Pierre invited me to come to the festival and perform his really cool piece for solo trombone + video and audio electronics: OUTERSPACE. During the piece we dive into a game-like engine, duplicate the trombonist and spook the audience.

Genius Thinkers and Passionate Playing

Thank you for the very nice words Aiga Leitholde in the Lsm.lv!

At the end of the Liepāja Art Forum, the “Galactic Journey with Stockhausen” was performed by tandem – trombonist Thomas R. Moore and video artist Klaas Verpoest, continuing to introduce the audience to the classics and genius thinkers of our time. Feldmans).

The audiovisual concert consisted of two of Stockhausen’s works “Signale zur Invasion” and “Octophonie”. Although at first it is thought that the monolithic, abstract sounds and visual references to the Star Wars movie could create dissonant feelings, after a while it became clear how harmonious Stockhausen’s music is! The stone walk between the ranks of the listeners and the passionate playing made it feel as if we were sitting on a round ball.

Although I have not been to the moon myself yet, but probably the feelings would be similar.

Oktophonie & Signale zur Invasion in The Great Amber

This Sunday, the 27th of September, it’s time to suit up and once again enter the galatic trip that is Stockhausen’s Oktophonie & Signale Zur Invasion. This time we will present this immersive sound, video and trombone spectacle to the citizens of Liepaja, Latvia in their pearl of a hall, The Great Amber.

Lift off is at 17h local time, so if you are in the neighborhood, come check it out!

Tickets and info: http://lielaisdzintars.lv/en/calendar/laf-closing-concert-galactic-journey-with-stockhausen