Just Beyond Our Instruments is the World

Just Beyond Our Instruments is the World: A Collaborative Post-Instrumental Workshop with Steven Kazuo Takasugi and Mocrep

Tutor: Steven Kazuo Takasugi
Workshop with selection process (completed)
For composers taking part in the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016
Maximum capacity: 8


This workshop, co-developed by composer Steven Kazuo Takasugi and the Chicago-based ensemble Mocrep, will consist of collaborative and performative explorations of the social, political, and aesthetic implications of instrumental musical performance, with an explicit emphasis on musical possibilities beyond the classical instrument. Focus will be placed on utilizing found objects, makeshift instruments, “broken” instruments, and even the complete omission of instruments (as in a movement-based, visual, or theatrical practice) to create radical musical performance situations.

Furthermore, we will explore the potential for political and social subversion through these approaches to instrumental, or perhaps, post-instrumental, performance and composition.

We are specifically interested in projects to be developed collaboratively, not only during the two-week workshop, but also over the course of the spring and summer leading up to the summer course (logistics to be discussed individually). Proposed projects will ideally be developed for 2-3 performers, all of whom will be Mocrep members. The workshop will consist of a series of one-on-one meetings between Steven Kazuo Takasugi and participants, small group meetings between participants and Mocrep performers, and rehearsal time, and will culminate in a presentation of all of the work developed over the course of the workshop.


Additionally, please remember that Mocrep will be coming from the US to Darmstadt and is thus somewhat limited in bringing material. We encourage applicants to opt for small-scale set-ups and to bring their own objects, instruments, and/or devices for the workshop.