World premiere at SPOR Festival
This performance-concert in conference-format is devised by musician and composer Eva Reiter and Karin Harrasser, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Linz. In the 18th century, strange and magnificent hybrids of baroque and indigenous music began to emerge from the Jesuit missions of the Bolivian Chiquitania. Eupepsia puts this musical archive to work through a mixed instrumentarium that combines baroque and electric instruments. Intrusion, hybridisation, appropriation, assimilation: a reflection on the long-term effects of colonialism.
The programme develops the motif of eupepsia as a metaphor for and practice of transatlantic relations. Taking an archive of European baroque music in Chiquitos/Bolivia as the starting point, modes of appropriation, silencing, projection that were (and remain) in play in encounters between indigenous and European cultural practices are sounded out. Music was used by the Jesuit missionaries as a means to convert and “civilise”. This modern idea resonates in cultural education strategies until today. But though toxic and destructive, the European disruption of indigenous worlds produced new and fragile worlds, in turn articulated into music. Eupepsia therefore offers hybrids (between baroque and contemporary music, European and New World compositions, text-sound collages), not as solutions or remedies, but as sound-objects to ponder the longue durée of cultural violence.
This production will also be presented by Sounds Now partners hcmf// Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre, Time of Music, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and Wilde Westen.
Works by: Angelica Castello, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Robin Hoffmann, Marin Marais, Diégo Ortiz, Eva Reiter og Fredy Vallejos.
Narrator and projections: Anna Mendelssohn.
Viola da gamba, recorder and additional instruments: Eva Reiter.
Electric guitar and additional instruments: Tom Pauwels.
Percussion and additional instruments: Tom De Cock.
Sound & light: Alex Fostier.
About Eva Reiter
Eva Reiter studied recorder and viola da gamba at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the Sweelinck-Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she received both master’s degrees “cum laude”.
Currently she is very active giving concerts as a soloist as well as performing with different baroque ensembles, orchestras and with ensembles for contemporary music (among others Ictus and Klangforum Wien). She was awarded the “Publicity Preis” of the SKE and the “Förderungspreis of the City of Vienna“, the “Queen Marie José International Composition Prize”, the “Staats” stipend of the Federal Chancellery for the Arts, a working stipend at the “Akademie Schloss Solitude” the “Erste Bank Kompositionspreis“ as well as other prizes.
Ictus is a Brussels-based contemporary music ensemble. The ensemble examines formats and ways of listening: very short or very long concerts, mystery programmes, guided concerts. Ictus has shared, and sometimes amplified, current questions about the future of contemporary music. Initially led by conductor Georges-Elie Octors, Ictus mutated into an “electric orchestra” and hired, for example, a regular sound engineer as an instrumentalist. It then became a multifaceted collective of creative musicians, dedicated to experimental music in the broadest sense. Ictus is conducting an advanced Master’s programme that focuses on contemporary music interpretation, in collaboration with the Ghent School of Arts.