Ictus [BE]




Music is not just sound

The Liquid Room series by the Brussels-based music ensemble Ictus has acquired something of a cult status. Each Liquid Room is a mini festival at various locations where music seeks points of convergence with other disciplines. Last season, this resulted in a spectacular edition that was focused on light as a compositional building block.

Liquid Room VIII explores a simple hypothesis: music is not just sound! Since the seventies, the discourse and reflection on music has been dominated by the keyword ‘sound’. This performance focuses on terms like texture, space, vibration, and deep listening. Ictus has thus opted for a different keyword: phrase. At the intersection of melody and rhythm, the phrase opens up ways of thinking about things differently: music as a vital development of thought, constructed of impulses and accents, energetic circuits, movements, and agility. In PHRASES, Ictus brings together sound poetry, spoken word and modal music.


PANAYIOTIS KOKORAS Mutation, for clarinet and tape
SIMON STEEN-ANDERSEN Mono, for autotuned voice and keyboard
BERNARD HEIDSICK Vaduz, for voice and recorded voice
BERNHARD LANG The Cold Trip, excerpts, for voice, laptop & piano
JESSE BROEKMAN Body of Unseen Beings, for small percussions
MICHAEL PISARO Tombstones, for singer and ensemble
BURKHARD STANGL With you, for soprano, gamba, e-guitar
BURKHARD STANGL Nights, for soprano, gamba, e-guitar
MICHAEL SCHMID New Work for flute and speaking voice
EVA REITER Lichtenberg Figures (chamber fragments), for altered voice, tape and musicians
ALESSANDRO PERINI Study for Two Voices, for musicians and electronic setup
FRANCESCO FILIDEI And here they do not, for voice and gamba
ROBIN HOFFMANN Birkhan Study, for one grouse bird whistle
TOM JOHNSON TileWork, for flute and speaker

programmaboekje - programme de salle - evening programme