EMS 50 / IDEOLOGIC ORGAN #6: ÁKOS RÓZMANN'S IMAGES OF THE DREAM AND DEATH - LIVE DIFFUSION BY MATS LINDSTRÖM at CAFE OTO, LONDON
Posted: Jan 22, 2014
EMS 50 / Ideologic Organ #6: Ákos Rózmann's Images of the Dream and Death - live diffusion by Mats Lindström
Tuesday 11 March 2014
Door Times : 8pm
Tickets : £5 adv / £7 on the door
Mats Lindström presents a live multi-channel diffusion of the final, unabridged version of Hungarian composer Ákos Rózmann's masterwork Images of the Dream and Death to celebrate EMS at 50. This will also be number 6 in the Ideologic Organ series of events curated by SUNN O)))'s Stephen O'Malley at Cafe OTO.
Mats Lindström will also be giving a free public talk at Goldsmiths College on Monday 10 March from 2-4pm.
Address: Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Ákos Rózmann was born in Hungary in 1939. He studied composition and took his organist’s and composer’s diploma at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. Between 1971 and 1974 he studied composition with Ingvar Lidholm at the State Academy of Music in Stockholm. He became organist of the Catholic Cathedral in Stockholm in 1978.
"The lingering feeling after hearing the works of Ákos Rózmann is the intangibility of naming what that lingering feeling is. Anyone who hears his music is moved, in as many ways possible, but why they have been moved and where to, is as difﬁcult to put a ﬁnger on as to catch a small ﬂeck in a bowl of water, always in sight, but forever slipping from our grasp." - Jim O'Rourke
The uncompromising nature of Rózmann’s character can easily be traced both in the reports about his behaviour and in his music. As a fervent devotee of his work, he shut himself up in windowless studios for hours, often working until late in the night. In his late years he didn’t participate in the events of official musical life, he didn’t even attend his own premieres. In his work, he looked neither for the approval of the professional, nor for the pleasure of the audience. The only thing that counted was the perfect articulation of his vision.
This vision was inspired by the (recorded) sound itself, originating from many different sources. As this raw material had been worked out and made to be specially plastic, an extremely powerful drama evolved, especially in Rózmann’s large-scale works. A drama that reproduces the most basic conflicts of human existence, gives a shocking insight to its darkest dephts, and shows that sin and purity, darkness and light walk side by side, their qualities mutually presupposing each other. The play is often elaborated in a symbolical and pictorial way with quotations from Buddhist and Christian liturgical music on one side, violent clashing, snarling and devilish laughter on the other. Put between these forces, the cry of the struggling human soul is heard.
Mats Lindström works as a composer and a musician, often with strains of live-electronics. He often works with intermedia, scenic elements and visual arts as a complement to the music, and has worked both with music for concerts, theatre and dance as well as radio-art and sound installations. Formerly an engineer in the electronics industry Lindström has designed and constructed a number of unique electronic musical instruments and apparatuses. His LP 'МИГ' - including recordings from the Aviation Engines Museum in St Petersburg and pieces recorded for theatre and at Stockholm's EMS Elektronmusikstudion was released on Ideologic Organ in 2012.
IDEOLOGIC ORGAN SERIES CURATED BY STEPHEN O'MALLEY
O'Malley is a founding member of several groups including Sunn O))), Burning Witch, KTL, Khanate. He has collaborated with a variety of artists including Greg Anderson, Merzbow, James Plotkin, Julian Cope, Joe Preston, Attila Csihar, Peter Rehberg aka PITA, Lee Dorrian, Kristoffer Rygg, Aaron Turner, Oren Ambarchi, Alexander Tucker, and percussionist Z'EV.
O'Malley also worked with the French choreographer and theatre director Gisèle Vienne, American sculptor Banks Violette, the Italian performance artist Nico Vascellari and the Belgian film maker Alexis Destoop. He also curates the Ideologic Organ label.
SWEDISH ENERGIES LONDON: EMS 50 WITH HANNA HARTMAN + MATS GUSTAFSSON & THURSTON MOORE + VINYL TERROR & HORROR + SEWER ELECTION & FREDERIKKE HOFFMEIER + JOACHIM NORDWALL & CHRISTINE ABDELNOUR + ÅKE HODELL (PRESENTED BY MATS LINDSTRÖM) + ANT DICKINSON : 8 March 2014