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Musical Utopias 6 | Cracked Glaze (Sofia Jernberg, Alexander Hawkins, Spheric Totemic, Jesse Broekman & Ensemble Klang)

12 January 2024, 20:15 - 23:00

Musical Utopias is Ensemble Klang and the Korzo’s annual festival that brings together music-makers and artists from multiple disciplines all striving to build new worlds. It is an invitation to share in a hopeful journey into the unknown, a journey that looks optimistically to the future.

This year the performances revolve around the theme of losing control. Works in which control has been relaxed or relinquished in order to uncover new and unexpected environments. Which new worlds, atmospheres and structures can you discover if you dare to take a step back, to lean away completely? The works explore how it feels to stand still, to press pause, so that you can continue forward on newly uncovered avenues.

20.15   will it be like this for a long time, you asked – Jesse Broekman & Ensemble Klang
21.00   Cracked Glaze – Spheric Totemic (Alexander Hawkins, Matthew Wright, Neil Charles, Mandhira de Saram & Stephen Davis) & Ensemble Klang & Sofia Jernberg
22.15   Sofia Jernberg & Alexander Hawkins

will it be like this for a long time, you asked by Jesse Broekman is a hazy harmonic fabric, split and broken tones, apparent repetition, six instruments’ paths lightly brushing against each other, exploring and trying to find a balance. Sounds with internal friction; embracing this. A path of shards, an attempt to navigate a labyrinth.

From the UK, Spheric Totemic collaborate with Ensemble Klang to create a musical constellation of riffs and rhythms. The music hangs suspended in the air, splinters and fragments that have lost their roots. Together, the two groups create a world simultaneously at the point of collapse and also ecstasy, where new and unexpected musical relationships are unearthed live. Spheric Totemic fuse influences from DJ Premier, Konono No.1 and the UK free improv scene, and include the musicians Alexander Hawkins, Matthew Wright, Neil Charles, Mandhira de Saram & Stephen Davis.


12 January
20:15 - 23:00


Ensemble Klang & Korzo
Prinsestraat 42
The Hague, Netherlands
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