Radio station: RTVSLO
Venue/s of the event: Radio Slovenia, Studio 26
The sound event consists of sound reflections and spatial sound re-actions on the poetic imagination of worldwide published Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun. Four performers will play a live concert in the big studio – Studio 16 of Radio Slovenija.
The title T’Hommage is both an homage and phonetic allusion to the first name of Slovenian avant-garde poet Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014). His work represents a meeting point of electroacoustic miniatures by Bojana Šaljić Podešva and play on words (and sounds) by the Čučnik/Pepelnik/Grom trio. The former aims to translate Šalamun’s ludistic poetry to the realm of pure sound, while the latter develops actions through texts and the use of gramophones, toys and other objects.
This meeting of performers, words and sounds is not merely an homage to Tomaž Šalamun, but rather to a human being of today, an awake, alive and lively individual, elegant in his or hers activity, the one who is not apathetic, but creates, loves and dances with life.
Bojana Šaljić Podešva composes mainly electroacoustic music and is involved in live performances, installations and intermedia projects. She completed her study of composition at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and attended a postgraduate study of electroacoustic composition in the class of Dieter Kaufmann at the Vienna Music University (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien), where she also studied with Bruno Liberda and Wolfgang Mitterer. She took further courses with Richard Boulanger as well as with Françoise Barrière at IMEB. She presented her achievements in this field on the compact disc Welcome to the Dooshaland. She prefers chamber music as this genre offers a direct contact with other musicians while another important domain of her work represents music in relation to contemporary visual and performing arts.
Primož Čučnik is a poet. His first collection (1999) won the Best First Collection Award. Nine other editions followed bringing the author the Prešeren’s Fund Award, Jenko and Veronika Award. He translates contemporary Polish and American poetry (Frank O’Hara, Elizabeth Bishop and John Ashbery), is an editor of Literatura, and runs the small press Sherpa.
Ana Pepelnik writes poems and translates. Her first book of poetry Ena od variant kako ravnati s skrivnostjo was published in 2007 (nominated for The First Book Award), her second book Utrip oranžnih luči na semaforjih followed in 2009, and two more by 2015 (Cela večnost, Pod vtisom). She translates poetry from (mostly) American poets, like Elizabeth Bishop, James M. Schuyler, Matthew Zapruder, Joshua Beckman, Noelle Kocot, Matthew Rohrer, as well as into English. Ana Pepelnik is a part of an international on-line poetry and multimedia project Metropoetica, and as a speaker takes part in music-poetry performances.
Tomaž Grom is a double-bass player and composer. As an improviser he is dedicated to exploring an extended range of techniques of playing the double bass, including in combination with electronic media. His creativity is noted for its continuous experimentation with his own sound potential guided by the principle of spontaneity. He plays in trio Trojnik with Vid Drašler and Cene Resnik (album My Ear Has Got Sharp Edges, 2015), duo Tilt with Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (albums Dvojnik, 1999 with Primož Čučnik and Tilt, 2006), duos with vocalist Irena Tomažin, Seijiro Murayama and other formations. In 2014 he released solo aklbum Sam, za…
Grom performed in the most varied ensembles of diverse musical genres. He has made music for a number of theatre, dance and puppet performances. He is the artistic director of Zavod Sploh, an associaton devoted to the production of music and performing arts as well as to education and publishing in the field.