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Minor Characters

A piece by Jennifer Walshe and Matthew Shlomowitz (WP) with Ensemble Nikel

Wed 09 August 2023, 21.30

Centralstation (Halle)

Matthew Shlomowitz & Jennifer Walshe: MINOR CHARACTERS
for voice and ensemble (2022/23, World Premiere of the complete version / Commission of Radio France, Klangspuren Schwaz, La Muse en Circuit and the Darmstadt Summer Course)

Jennifer Walshe (Voice)

Ensemble Nikel:
Brian Archinal (Drums)
Yaron Deutsch (E-guitar)
Antoine Françoise (Keyboard)
Patrick Stadler (Saxophone)

Alfred Reiter (Sound)
Ragnar Árni Ólafsson (Subtitles and Live Cue)

The first hints from Jennifer Walshe and Matthew Shlomowitz about their co-authored new work MINOR CHARACTERS sound promising, curious and also a bit mysterious: MINOR CHARACTERS is a song cycle for the 21st century, a chill-metal-bossanova-vaporwave-ASMR-cabaret, an epic plunge into waters by turns neon and muddy, transcendent with mundane scandal, aching for answers as we realise the call has been coming from inside the house.”

After initial try-outs at Radio France in the spring of 2022, Walshe/Shlomowitz, together with Ensemble Nikel, for whom this piece is written, presented an extended version at Klangspuren in Tyrol last fall. The complete version, lasting almost an hour, will now be premiered in Darmstadt. When Jennifer Walshe and the four musicians of Nikel come together on stage, you know: it’s going to be virtuosic, fast-paced and massive.

With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation