London-based composer, pianist and organist Kit Downes dives into the space between the organised and the disorganised. His work as an organist is as much one of explorer and archaeologist as sparkling improviser and virtuosic interpreter. Studying extended techniques derived from instruments that are sometimes in a state of disrepair, he connects and adapts the improvised tradition of the instrument to explore themes of duration, vibration and mechanics.
At Rewire 2019, Downes presents a new collaboration with Dutch new music group Ensemble Klang. Commissioned by Rewire and Dag in de Branding, the project sees Downes compose a new set of works for the Luthersekerk organ in which his subtle textures and ineffable harmonies combine with the sound profile of the church’s architecture. Organ, electric guitars, piano, percussion and saxophones will resonate around the furthest reaches of the Luthersekerk.
- 30 Mar 2019, Rewire & Festival Dag in de Branding