Ensemble Alter Ego featuring Philip Jeck
'The Tables Are Turned' by Bernhard Lang
Outlandish Concert, Day 2, 10 November, De Bijloke, 20:00–23:00
Outlandish is a concert connected to Deleuze and artistic research in many ways, starting with the title, which as a synonym of “deterritorialised” refers to one of the mutual affects of philosophy and artistic practice that DARE 2015 proposes to explore. But more importantly, there are personal and material connections produced by Bernhard Lang’s Belgian premiere of The Tables are Turned (2010), Marc Ngui’s Drawings from A Thousand Plateaus (ongoing since 2004), and Juan Parra C.’s The Egg, which is both the electronic Dogon Egg he built and the new piece he will premiere.
Alter Ego ensembe, since its foundation in 1991, has performed in the most prestigious venues and festivals of contemporary music across the world. However, the main feature of Alter Ego is its continuous collaboration with artists belonging to different artistic experiences: electronic musicians (Deathprod, Philip Jeck, Matmos, Pan Sonic, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner), pop singers (John De Leo, Frankie HI-NRG), visual artists (D-Fuse, Andrew Hooker, Michelangelo Pistoletto), actors (Vladimir Luxuria), performers (Irvine Arditti, David Moss, Neue Vocalsolisten). Alter Ego works in close collaboration with composers such as Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Alvin Curran (worldwide premiere for Alter Ego and Frankie HI-NRG), Philip Glass (European premiere at Settembre Musica Festival 2002 in Turin of 600 Lines, an inedited opera of the 1968 that Glass gave Alter Ego with an European exclusive), Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Giya Kancheli, Bernhard Lang, David Lang (in residence at the 36thNuova Consonanza Festival), Alvin Lucier, Terry Riley (worldwide premiere of The slaving wheel of meat conception, commissioned by Romaeuropa Festival and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with the participation of Matmos and Riley himself playing the piano), Frederic Rzewski (worldwide premiere of Main Drag for RAI Radio 3), Kaija Saariaho, Laszlo Sáry, Salvatore Sciarrino, Jōji Yuasa...
Philip Jeck studied visual art at Dartington College of Arts. He started working with record players and electronics in the early '80's and has made soundtracks and toured with many dance and theatre companies as well as his solo concert work. His best known work "Vinyl Requiem" (with Lol Sargent): a performance for 180 '50's/'60's record players won Time Out Performance Award for 1993. He has also over the last few years returned to visual art making installations using from 6 to 80 record players including "Off The Record" for Sonic Boom at The Hayward Gallery, London . In 2010 Philip won The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award.
Philip Jeck works with old records and record players salvaged from junk shops turning them to his own purposes. He really does play them as musical instruments, creating an intensely personal language that evolves with each added part of a record. Philip Jeck makes geniunely moving and transfixing music, where we hear the art not the gimmick.