Arturas Bumšteinas: More Music for Sam

19 December 2015, 7 p.m.
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In this piece I am using a set of isolated stage-objects from various Samuel Beckett’s plays (a hat, rocking chair, heap of earth, dead tree-branch, tape recorder etc.) and developing a choreography of movements constructed in the relationship to these objects, while connecting them in such a way that these objects start to interact with each other. For example: audio tape from the spool runs through the automatically rocking chair and further gets attached to the dead tree branch which starts moving when this ‘apparatus’ is activated by the performer. Pre-recorded performer’s voice can be heard telling stories that I collected from very different people during my working process. I asked one hundred people to tell me their memories that are un-separable from music; memories of their lives that are infiltrated by music so much as if it would be some kind of diegetic soundtrack of their lives. Title ‘More Music for Sam’ refers to Beckett’s play ‘Rockaby’ (in my piece ‘more’ is the only word uttered live by the performer on stage). My piece starts where ‘Rockaby’ ends.
Arturas Bumšteinas

 

 

Music, libretto, staging: Arturas Bumšteinas
Performance: Inari Virmakoski

 

Arturas Bumšteinas
Acoustic and electronic music composer, visual artist. Bumšteinas specializes in sound installations and experimental forms. Graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Founder of Twentytwentyone laptop quartet as well as Works & Days, Zarasai and Wolumen ensambles. Curator of collective events Mixthemixthemix. Bumšteinas participated with his works in over 30 exhibitions in Europe, numerous European festivals  and experimental music concerts. His visual installations are represented by Galerie Antje Wachs in Berlin. Bumšteinas collaborated with Anton Lukoszevieze, Liudas Mockūnas, Piotr Kurek, Bartek Kalinka, Ilia Belorukov, Denitsa Mineva, Jesse Glass, Alina Orlova, Antanas Kučinskas, Lina Lapelytė, Vladimir Tarasov, Laura Garbštienė, Janel & Anthony, Jeff Surak, Rhodri Davies, Borut Savski, Wojtek Ziemilski, Mieczyslaw Litwiński, Maarten Ornstein, Chordos Quartet. He was awarded the Palma Ars Acustica prize (2013). His most notable audiovisual projects are: Antiradical Opera (2002-2005), My Own Private Bayreuth (2010), Organ Safari (2010), Words and Music (2010), Gwizdały (2012), Scattered Pages (2012). His compositions include: Floating Points (2002), Placido (2004), Uniforms (2007), Blur (2008), Heap of Language (2009), Pastoral (2010), Reading Newspapers (2011), Chip Off The Old Block (2011), Shadow of Shadows (2011), Eterniday News Nr.1 (2011), Three Sixteens (2012), Caves (2012), To Ostatnia Niedziela (2012).

Inari Virmakoski
Visual and performance artist. She has been doing Performance Art (Live Art) since 1994 and presenting it around the world: in China, Mozambique, Cuba, USA, Peru, Chile and many European countries. My performances are often rituals and materials and ideas are collected during my rather nomadic life. I have lived and worked for eight years in Africa (in Tanzania and Somalia), where I worked for health organizations in the 70s and 80s. This has influenced my artistic work a lot, however I do not copy rituals.