Oktophonie & Signale zur Invasion

BY Karlheinz Stockhausen



Friday, December 7, 2018 7:30 PM

Thomas R. Moore, trombone 
Klaas Verpoest, video 
Centre Henri Pousseur, electronics 

Ticket Here


In this expansive audio-visual collaboration, Thomas Moore and Klaas Verpoest create a maximalist tribute to the work of Karlheinz Stockhausen. It is a chance to hear two of the German composer’s pieces, albeit simultaneously: Signale zur Invasion and Oktophonie come from Stockhausen’s Deinstag aus Licht, a ‘modular opera’ from the larger song cycle Licht, in which separate pieces can interact with one another as segments or layers. In this concert, filmmaker Klaas Verpoest provides grand, moving shapes that consume the figure of trombonist Thomas Moore, who walks into the audience while playing, emphasising the nonlinear space sound occupies.

Karlheinz Stockhausen was a radical, an extremely important but also controversial innovator. He is also one of the most important musical minds of the past century. His electronic music inspired several generations of musicians, even outside the realm of so-called art music. He broke rules and traversed boundaries. His music was extremely complex, but in all the abstraction it is also sensual and engaging. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were original fans (listen to Revolution # 9), the young Björk wrote him letters, and Moby also seems to appreciate the subversive artistic character of the
German sound wizard.
Signale zur Invasion (1992) is performed simultaneously with Octophonie (1991). (Both pieces are part of Dienstag from Stockhausen’s monumental Opera Cycle Licht.) The trombonist plays and walks a parcours amongst the audience and the video divides it into equal protanganists. 

Co-produced by INNUAN // Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent and Centre Henri Pousseu