Ultima Festival 2015

5:00pm Friday 11 September 2015
Den Norske Opera & Ballet
Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1

Ensemble Plus-Minus presents a concert of two genre-stretching pieces especially written for the group. Matthew Shlomowitz’s Lecture About Bad Music (2015), drawing on scholarship from a range of fields and employing musical demonstrations and recreations of psychological experiments, asks us to consider if a piece of music can be inherently bad, or whether such judgements are purely subjective. Alexander Schubert’s Sensate Focus (2014) on the other hand, is concerned with the interplay between sound and image, and adds light as a fifth performer to a quartet of musicians. Using strobing effects, Schubert explores issues of sampling and sensorial experience in both the audio and visual domains, and our ability to form continuities from discrete objects.

Matthew Shlomowitz • Lecture About Bad Music [wp]
Alexander Schubert • Sensate Focus

Ultima Festival 2015
Camille Blake