The Sponge Suite – Henry Vega
Performers : Henry Vega & Aurelie Lierman
Radio station: Concertzender
Venue/s of the event: Studio Concertzender – Utrecht
audio stream: Concertzender
video stream: Concertzender
The Sponge Suite:
The piece refers to the birth or art and plays a homage to this unholy action which arguably infected us all with the terminal need for it. The piece takes and steals materials from different places including the very same birthday card given in this sound occasion. What I make of it steals from my own work as well, including music from the film Symmetry as well as the Wormsongs set.
Henry Vega (York City 1973) is an active composer and performer of new music whose works appear in productions of theatre, dance and concert music that focus solely on modern artistic trends. His music ranges from virtuosic instrumental writings to subtle colourful compositions orchestrating traditional instrumentations with the world of electronic sound. His current interests lie within theatrical settings of his music often in combination with multimedia artists over minimal aesthetics that cross simple harmonies with noisy counterpoints.
Vega’s works have been presented on radio programs across Europe and performed at festivals and venues in Europe and the Americas including La Monnaie (BE), Deutschlandfunk (DE), MATA Festival (US), November Music (NL), EYE Film Institute (NL) and Stedilijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) among others. He has had the pleasure to write music for soprano Claron McFadden and ensembles such as Ensemble Modelo, the MAE, VocaalLab, Ensemble Integrales, the Ragazze String Quartet, the Roentgen Connection and his own trio The Electronic Hammer.
Many of his works have been composed for instruments in combination with the computer as a live instrument aiming to create new sounds for his compositions that fuse the virtuosity of the instrumentalists with digital variations of themselves. This combination has been an influence on the way the music sounds as well as an inspiration for how to approach acoustic instruments and scores, something which is evident from his more recent compositions.
Vega has released several CD’s such as “Wormsongs” and ‘Stream Machines’ . He has also had works released on ICMC 2004 (Idoru in Metals) and on Anthology of Dutch Electronic Music 99-10 (The Hallelujah Drones).
His music has received first prize from Musica Nova (Czech Rep.), John Cage Year Festival (Lublin), Crash Intl. Biennale (Poland), Dragons Den @ Queens (UK) and SCI (US) as well as Honourable Mention from the Hungarian Radio EAR competition.
Aurélie Lierman (Karago, Rwanda, 1980) was born in Rwanda but grew up in Belgium from the age of two. She’s an independent radioproducer, vocalist and composer. Lately Aurélie Lierman is trying new directions by fusing radio art, vocal art and composition. Her main focus is her personal field recordings: a large collection of unique sounds and soundscapes from rural and urban contemporary East‐Africa. Sound‐bit by sound‐bit she’s transforming and sculpting them into something she would call “Afrique Concrète”. Aurélie Lierman’s work has been broadcasted, exhibited and performed throughout Europe, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.
In May 2014 Aurélie Lierman won the First Prize at Monophonic 2014(Brussels) for ‘Anosmia’, a radio composition reflecting on the Rwandan Genocide. In 2013 Aurélie Lierman won the 1st prize at Sonic Art (Rome) for her radio composition KARIAKOO ( a sonic portrait of a lively neighborhood in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania). In the same year, she also won the 3rd prize atGrand Prix Nova (Bucharest) for her radio composition ‘iota mikro’ (based on field recordings from her birthplace, the Karisimbi vulcano, in Rwanda).
Aurélie Lierman released two albums with the British cult-group Nurse With Wound. She collaborated with visual artist Vincent Meessen (Belgian entry for Venice Biennale 2015) on his recent exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel.
In summer 2015 she toured the USA premiering her solo sets for voice and tape. Currently Aurélie Lierman is developing a series of site specific installations, performances and electro acoustic compositions for “Meanwhile, in Fukushima“.