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17.June-8.July

Every day, a singer sings yesterday’s news in her own way. The first day, a singer sings just the news from the day before. The following day, another singer recounts the news sung the days before, recopying what yesterday’s singers sung while also adding yesterday’s news in his own way. Over the course of three weeks the voices slowly form a choir, an iso-polyphonic composition of old news—sung, recopied, and thereby intentionally and unintentionally reinterpreted. The oral reinterpretations excite social resonances and make a common space audible in a manner that goes beyond a simple echo chamber.

The news made available to the singers as lyrics is compiled from the news feed of a public radio station. The compilation of news from this pool of reports follows the official criteria of relevance and factuality. But because the geographic coordinates of the feed are altered daily, the perspective of what is considered topical changes. Day by day this shift inscribes itself into the composition and recalls geopolitical reverberations in the echo chamber of the newsroom. Forgetting and silencing are part of the chant as much as accords, dissonances, and resonances. Adding another resonant pollutant, the singers invited to sing the news come from different traditions of music and poetry. Repetition and reiteration is corrupted by these various factors.

wir, ist ein musikalisches Experiment für viele Stimmen.

wir,  ist ein musikalisches Experiment für viele Stimmen.
 
mit dem Cottbusser Chor und SängerInnen des Chinesischen Akademikerchors Berlin 
Konzeption: Nicholas Bussmann & Yan Jun
3. Oktober 2016, 19.00 Uhr Heizhaus Uferstudios Uferstr.23 Berlin Wedding
 
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Cottbusser Chor / Cottbus Choir: Margareth Kammerer, Laura Mello, Eduard Mont de Palol, Yusuf Ergün, Lucile Desamory, Rico Repotente, Aaron Snyder
Chinesischer Akademikerchor / Chinese Academic choir Berlin: Hang Zu, Zhao Songzi, Wang Weilian, Yuan Li
 
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Beethovens Chormusik “Freude schöner Götterfunken” gilt uns Europäern als der Inbegriff des gemeinsamen harmonischen Miteinander – als Integrationswunder über alle Sprachbarrieren hinweg. – 
Bei dem letzten Länderspiel Albanien gegen Serbien brüllten 30.000 Menschen im Chor “Tötet die Albaner”. –
Der chinesische Musiker und Dichter Yan Jun und der Berliner Komponist und Musiker Nicholas Bussmann widmen einen Abend dem Experiment. Mit musikalischen Mitteln soll das Verhältnis zwischen Individuum und Gruppe, Sprache und Gesang untersucht werden Das Publikum ist eingeladen, gemeinsam mit dem Cottbusser Chor und Sängerinnen des chinesischen Akademikerchors ein einfaches, aber grundsätzliches musikalisches Spiel auszuprobieren.
 
Nicholas Bussmann arbeitet konzeptuell, als Musiker wie als Komponist. Von Haus aus Cellist mit einem Schwerpunkt auf Improvisation, hat er seine künstlerische Praxis um eine Vielzahl an Genres erweitert, von der elektronischen Musik bis hin zu Konzeptkunst. Er kooperiert mit verschiedenen Künstler*innen, Musiker*innen und Komponist*innen, u.a. mit dem Cottbusser Chor, einem Berliner Vokalensemble, im Duo Telebossa mit Chico Mello, in der Formation Rydberg mit Werner Dafeldecker und als Nicholas Desamory mit Lucile Desamory. Als Kurator für Musik im Kunstkontext war er für das Berlin Documentary Forum und die Shanghai Biennale 2014 tätig.
Yan Jun, geboren 1973 in Lanzhou, China, wohnt in Peking und ist Artist in Residence in Berlin
(DAAD) 2016-2017. Als Improvisationskünstler interessiert er sich für instabile Instrumente wie z.B. das Feedback-System, untrainierte Körperbewegungen, nicht ausgebildete Stimmen und das sich-der Umgebung-Aussetzen. Yan Jun macht Feldaufnahmen und komponiert dieses Material in Audio-Arbeiten und Installationen. Er involviert Menschen in kreative Aktionen als künstlerische Form. Yan Jun ist Mitglied von fen (mit Otomo Yoshihide, Yuen Chee Wai und Ryu Hankil), von tea rockers quintet (mit Xiao He, Wu Na, Li Daiguo und Jiani) und des impro committee. Es ist außerdem Begründer des sub jam label. Und er ist ein Poet.
wir, a musical experiment for many voices. 
 
with the Cottbusser Chor and Singers of the Chinese Academic Choir
Concept: Nicholas Bussmann & Yan Jun
3. October 2016, 19.00 Heizhaus Uferstudios Uferstr.23 Berlin Wedding
 
For us Europeans Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” choral music counts as the epitome of collective togetherness – a great integrative wonder above and beyond all language barriers. – 
During the last football match between Albania and Serbia 30.000 people were chanting “kill all Albanians” in unison.–
The Chinese musician and poet Yan Jun and the Berlin composer and artist Nicholas Bussmann dedicate one evening to an experiment: The relationship of the individual and the group, language and chant shall be explored through musical means. The audience is invited to explore a simple yet fundamental musical game together with the Cottbus choir and the Chinese academic choir. This game does not require any musical skills and everybody can take part.
Nicholas Bussmann conceptually works as a musician as well as a composer. Originally trained as a cellist with a focus on improvisation he has expanded his artistic practice by a great variety of genres, from electronic music to concept art. To date he has cooperated with various artists, musicians and composers, e.g. the Cottbus Choir, a Berlin Vocal ensemble, as one half of the duo Telebossa together with Chico Mello, in Formation Rydberg with Werner Dafelder and as Nicholas Desamory together with Lucile Desamory. He has worked as a curator for music within the art context during the Berlin Documentary Forum and the Shanghai Biennale 2014.
Yan Jun, born in 1973 in Lanzhou, China, is based in Beijing. Currently he is artist-in-residence in Berlin (DAAD) 2016-2017. As an improviser he is interested in unstable instruments, such as feedback system, untrained body movement, low skill voice, and situation with the environment (“living room tour” project, for instance). He’s doing field recording and composes with such materials for audio works and installations. As an organizer he brings people into creative actions as a form of art. He is member of fen (with Otomo Yoshihide, Yuen Chee Wai and Ryu Hankil), tea rockers quintet (with Xiao He, Wu Na, Li Daiguo and Jiani) and the impro committee. He is also founder of sub jam label. And he is a poet

News Trilogy part I at Maermusik

MaerzMusik

Nicholas Bussmann
The News Trilogy Part I: The News Blues (2014)
Sat.12.5.2016 Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Cottbusser Chor
Lucile Desamory
Yusuf Ergün
Margareth Kammerer
Laura Mello
Eduard Mont di Palol
Rico Repotente
Todosch Schlopsnies

Cottbusser Chor 645-17

“The News Blues” is a musical and social experiment using the tools of algorithmic composition. Nicholas Bussmann approaches news as a data stream, processed, imitated, harmonised, misunderstood and transformed into a polyphony of voices and meanings by seven performers with differing mother tongues. “The News Blues” questions the relationships between language and music, sense and nonsense, the causes of exclusion and integration, the manufacture of consensus and opinion. Presented as live durational performance in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele’s Kassenhalle, “The News Blues” accompanies an evening devoted to algorithmic composition.

The News Blues & Major News Minor News at Hangar Bicocca

Nicholas Bussmann at Hangar Biccoca

The News Trilogy (Part I and Part II)
by Nicholas Bussmann
Part I – The News Blues
Part II – Major News / Minor News
Nicholas Bussmann approaches news as data stream to be processed by 7 performers of various languages executing a composition or in other words: an algorithm. The composition is a set of simple instructions to structure the performance on multiple levels, to filter, harmonize or decompose the news and trigger social interaction between the performers. Would this be set in Mexico City in the mid 1980’s and chances would be that a political cartoon by Damián Ortega would appear along the performance. In fact, the news and newspapers have been addressed by Ortega in some of his works. His show at the Barbican in London, in 2010, consisted of a series of works created as a response to the daily news during the previous month leading up to the exhibition opening.
In Bussmann’s “The News Blues”, the part I of the trilogy, a lead singer sings an article in a newspaper in his language. The other performers, whilst some might not understand, mimic what they hear, building up harmonies. Seven harmonies and three instructions form together the algorithm of “The News Blues”. This establishes a continuous change of hierarchy inside the group. It gives everybody a stage to play the others, make them do, conduct, make believe.
A piece of news which is interpreted by one performer is mimicked, harmonized, misunderstood and transformed to the essence of news in modern society: a stream of excitement. The News Trilogy, is a musical and social experiment with  the means of algorithmic composition. It works an intricate transformation running at different levels – structural, semantic, processual – in ways that resonate with Ortega’s body of work.
During a section of the presentation of The News Blues, on the second day of performances, the audience is invited to participate, joining the performers, 
“The News Blues” was premiered in Berlin in 2014 and performed 42 times at the Shanghai Biennial 2014/15, with the participation of local singers singing in different Chinese dialects. It was also performed at Fundação de Serralves in Porto, where part II of the Trilogy was premiered.
Nicholas Bussmann is a composer and artist. Trained as a cellist, he has been expanding his practice into various connecting music genres, from electronics to conceptual music, as well as art fields. He is a founder member of Kapital Band 1, Nicholas Desamory, Telebossa and Rydberg. As a curator he promotes music in art context working for the Berlin Documentary Forum and Shanghai Biennale 10
Concept and composition: Nicholas Bussmann
Performers: Eduard Mont de Palol, Laura Mello, Lucile Desamory, Margareth Kammerer, Rico Repotente, Todosch Schlopsnies, Yusuf Ergün.

Installation “Miete essen Seele auf”

Miete Essen Seele Auf

as part of HKW’s exhibition WOHNUNGSFRAGE Angelika Levi’s Film “Miete essen Seele auf” is going to be presented as an installation.
Opening is October 22. 19:00 at HKW. The Film feature music performed by Cottbusser Chor.
Composition: Nicholas Bussmann
Lyrics: Jan Theiler
Performers:Lucile Desamory, Yusuf Ergün, Nana Possmann, Laura Mello,Rico Repotente,Thomas Tichai