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A direction out there –readwalking (with) Thoreau

17th to 22/08/2021, daily performances

KLANGRAUM 2021"day by day" (X)
Jazz-Schmiede, Düsseldorf

Launch of the eponymous CD with daily performances of the open score and the act of of readwalking at its core. The open score is based on a radical pruning of David Henri Thoreau’s transcendental essay about walking (1851). Footnotes provide suggestions on how to speak, sing, sound the remaining words, alone or with others, inside or outside.

“Readwalking”, two words brought together to describe a simultaneous act of reading and walking, of reading as walking, of walking as reading, of sounding a text about walking, step by step, one word calling the other, following one’s senses, like Thoreau.

Daily performances
17/08/2021, 8.30pm. Sitting using random pages, 4 pages each.
Antoine Beuger (voice, flute), Clara de Asis (noise signal), Rebecca Lane (bass flute), Tobias Liebezeit (vibraphone) (christoph Nicolas (voice), Deborah Walker (cello), Chiara Saccone (piano), Samuel Vriezen (voice, melodica) Daniil Pilchen (voice, harmonica), E Waeckerlé (voice)
18/08/2021, 9.30pm. Walking around or sitting using the pocket book as a score.
Antoine Beuger (voice), Samuel Vriezen (voice), E.Waeckerlé (voice)
19/08/2021 10.30am. Sitting with page 15. 16 .24. 25 readwalked in that order.
Deborah Walker (cello, voice), Chiara Saccone (piano, voice), E.Waeckerlé (voice, pitch pipe)
20/08/2021 4pm. Sitting, all starting on page 3
Stefan Thut (field recording, stick and aluminium board, voice), Daniil Pilchen (harmonica, voice), Christoph Nicolas (stone harp), E Waeckerlé (voice stones)
21/08/2021 12.30. Sitting, words were tapped written or translated by pouring water into glass vessels. Clara de Asis (guitar with ebow, bells, glass jars and water, tapping). Rebecca Lane (crystal glasses, bow and beater, glass jars and water, tapping). E.Waeckerlé (breath, whistle, voice, tapping)
22/08/2021 12.30. Sitting with page 15. 16 .24. 25 readwalked in that order.
Deborah Walker (cello, voice), Chiara Saccone (piano, voice), E.Waeckerlé ( voice, pitch pipe)

Three recordings are available on bandcamp here alongside other readwalking tracks.

A direction out there – readwalking (with) Thoreau cd is available here

A direction out there – readwalking (with) thoreau (MA BIBLIOTHEQUE, July 2021) brings together in a pocket size book, the prepared text, the score and two essays by Michael Hampton and Vicky Smith and is available here

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