Temporality of the Impossible: Performance+Talk Sessions
Performance+Talk Sessions start at 4.30pm @ ArtBase (Brussels). For reservations & more info: www.art-base.be
⌈Session #1: 05.03.2017. Facebook Event
⌈Session #2: 30.04.2017. Facebook Event
⌈Session #3: 11.06.2017. Facebook Event
"These are intentionally as difficult as I can make them, because I think we’re now surrounded by very serious problems in society, and we tend to think that the situation is hopeless and that it’s just impossible to do something that will make everything turn out properly. So I think that this music, which is almost impossible, gives an instance of the practicality of the impossible." - John Cage, about "Freeman Etudes"
Performance+Talk Sessions are part of Dejana’s research project “Temporality of the Impossible: contemporary violin music, technique, notation and performance”. The next three sessions (see dates here) will take place in ArtBase in Brussels (Belgium) and for this occasion Dejana will be performing on the violin by Thomas Meuwissen... [more to read/look/listen]
It is again that time of year...
... the time most often used to take a moment, or a few, and make some wishes for the time to come...
for the new year...
And in that spirit, in one or why not... [continue to read/look/listen]
[ NADA: Act 1 ]
A building. An instrument...
Building an instrument...
A building as instrument...
Any, even slightly and let alone carefully thought about, space and its organisation determined by objects, walls, that make some sort of barriers to the air, makes for a space to become a space of resonance.. a resonance chamber. Within that space, we could certainly feel as, on a grander level, part of its structure, part of its sound structure, part of the sound and the sound wave.
And sometimes while within it, we are played by that space, by that architecture as instrument...
And sometimes... we can get inspired and make a building be an instrument...
⌈ collaboration with visual artist Jasmina Cibic
⌈ year: 2016.
The central element of project “NADA” is...Continue reading + stills from the video.
"Sensonarium" - imaginarium for sensing sound
What if you were a particle of a sound? If you could perceive sound as being inside of it?
The interactive sound installation Sensonarium is imagined as a representation of the membrane that holds a sound. Being inside of this membrane and feeling the sound, perceiving it now only aurally but through vibration, one becomes in a way an internal particle of it, of the wave.
This work, although it continues to develop and is in progress (in collaboration and with support of Q-O2 (Brussels) and at I.S.I.B. - Institut Supérieur Industriel de Bruxelles), was recently presented at the CTM Festival Berlin.
To read more, or follow up on current phase and state of the research and work, you can visit the "Projects" section, or you can also check here.
Officially presenting Duo Momitani-Sekulic
A long overdue section deticated to the duo with pianist Nao Momitani is finaly here. So go ahead and check the "Projects" section to read more about this collaboration. You can also hear some of the recordings of the duo in the "Media || audio" section.
Summing up some of the things done, interests, activiteis, projects, works, concerts... all in one place, with links and all the whatnots - besides CV and Biography (both also dowloadable in the "Download" section, you can now also consult the online Artistic Portofolio
Search and Research. A Reflection on Knowledge and Art.
[an open text, a work in progress - subject to alteration and updating as the process of thinking and re-thinking on the subject and questions at hand continues]
François Beukelaers said about the process of beginning the new work that "the most important thing for an actor is not to know". Not to know – this is where every artist starts its project, journey and work. Translatable to any new beginning, in any discipline, it is from not knowing that one has to come to a clear, refined thought and a way to express it. In order to get there one has to experiment, reflect, search, research, and translate.
In the pursuit for being better in expression, without noticing, artists, especially performers, unnoticeably slipped into the chase for technical perfection –to become the fastest, most precise, most skillful… Loosing the track of search and research for expression of meanings and feelings, but rather taking, without notice, inherited knowledge of meanings. In this run to catch up and chase to rank ourselves, and others (among a lot of us), we start pursuing the “measurable” (technical) and start losing the track of the essence – of search for the substance... Continue reading.
From thought. To story. To storytelling. With sound.
"Sound Stories: The Color of Sound"
Second of our (Duo Momitani-Sekulic) “Sound Stories” for this season, "The Color of Sound", had its storytelling moment on Sunday, June 14th. With music of Crumb, Dainobu, Delouse, Ledoux, Messiaen, Sciarrino and Tanada, and a special treat of having two new pieces to premier, performing at this wonderful venue was truly inspiring. And it was indeed a great pleasure and a magical experience to play with Nao Momitani in the extraordinary space that is "Atelier Courtois". Beside other pieces, Nao masterfully premiered Claude Ledoux's new creation for solo piano "Japanese e-mail 1: to Dai Fujikura”. We also had the greatest pleasure to premier a new superbe, poetic and sensual creation of Ryo Dainobu “des ombres…”, for violin and piano. The presence of... Continue reading
Aristotle said that the world exists as an imprint in our mind and in this sense everything is interpretation (Aristotle "On Interpretation"). If performance is "the execution of an action; something accomplished" (Oxford Dictionary), then in this sense every sharing and showing of these interpretations can be a performance. A concert is a performance, a theatre play is a performance, a book, a song... But then it should be easy to imagine an existing space for The Performance. An event whose purpose is creating an experience, a platform for experimenting with all aspects known, and maybe unknown, to mankind that can explore and evaluate perception of time and space, and their inhabitation and purpose. An experience that offers a challenge to reexamine and rethink on our own perception and possibilities to create a reality so convincing that it can shake and question the seemingly even most concrete beliefs. The idea of rethinking possibilities for a performance based on experiencing through sound not just experiencing sound reached one of its articulations in a performance called "Soundspotting”. A parcours that took place on April 2nd 2015 in the Bijloke... Continue reading
A New Year starts with some fresh soundtelling
Collaboration with wonderful and extraordinary Nao Momitani continues, starting the new year with a new "Sound Stories" soundtelling in L’Académie royale de Belgique... Continue reading and see some pictures here!
Magnetic collaboration, with Jasna Veličković, and custom made magnet instruments
A new collaboration set in motion, with composer/performer Jasna Veličković - exploring her new magnet based instrument and its magnetic, rather intoxicating, sounds is truly a delight, exciting and inspiring adventure… The remarkable moment - to discover that something seemingly electronic and artificial can actually be acoustic and manually controlled. This visually appealing instrument, with simple geometric shapes of the magnets (cube, rod, ring, sphere…) in some ways reminds you on Lego, a simple toy which awakens creativity and invention - but now in sound building. And once you start to get to know more about it, you discover that ... Continue reading and see some pictures here!
"PhD in One Night" spreads its wings
"PhD in One Night" spreads its wings, for sharing and translating the sensible. After workshops on Vis (Croatia) last summer, month of December (or to be more precise from December 8th until 19th 2014) welcomed two platforms of our project: post-conference and workshops.
During this two weeks of workshops in ArBA-EsA Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (Brussels)... Continue reading and see some pictures here!
Moving December - in collaboration with P.A.R.T.S. dancers
Another great and inspiring work - a collaboration with dancers from P.A.R.T.S. It was exhilarating few weeks of search for expressing through movement, and creating three duo (trios to be more precise) pieces with music for solo violin “Elles” by Geoffrey François... Continue reading and see some pictures here!
Jusy a wish or two for a... See/read all the greetings here!
The Adventure called Darmstadt
[or candy store for sound explorers & aural-thrill seekers]
The magic of IMD will sure keep us creative and imaginative. One may or may not like each thing/event separately, but one surely can only love the whole experience. Or love-hate. But love nevertheless. The exceptional place that gathers exceptional creative minds, exploiting every art tool out there, or re-purposing ordinary tools to become and be used for expression... For creating. Through sound... And sight. The place where you discover, experiment, experience... And dare to try yourself and take a step (or few) further. Establish the "I like" and "I don't like" paths for yourself. Because how would you ever know... Continue reading and see some pictures here!
Between September and January Lukas Pairon conducted a seminar. A seminar... nothing unusual there... BUT the subject of the seminar was an essence for... Click here to read more.
On Thursday, May 15th in La Maison des Musiques (Rue Lebeau 39, 1000 Brussels) Nao and Dejana will present their "Sound Stories", violin and piano repertoire concept that tells stories through pieces of contemporary music. This edition is dedicated to "gesture and timbre". Victor Kissine will give a sort introduction to his piece of the evening (from 8pm). You can read more about the concept and program notes here.
Vadim Gluzman became one more artist featured in "Where do we go from here?". This inspiring violinist and professor had so many interesting thoughts to... Click here to read more.
Season greetings and all the best in the coming 2014!... Click here to read more.
Sharing some new videos from a performance of LAPS Ensemble... Click here to read more.
"Do you hear me?" had its firs introduction to the audience. The Handbook to contemporary violin music [version 1.0], notation and... Click here to read more.
Trio Dégradable celebrating the magnificent instrument harpsichord and its presence, together with other instruments, in the art of Watteau whose work spurred the revival of... Click here to read more.
we've been chatting... Click here to read more.
Introducing LAPS Ensemble for the very first time on ArsMusica 2013 festival. The concert took place at LaRaffineri - indeed an appropriate venue for this inauguration of ours because... Click here to read more.
Heinz Holliger - priceless and magical (or simply "party for the instruments"). How else could one describe this wonderful piece of his music, COncErto? Certo! cOn soli pEr tutti (...perduti?...)!. The piece itself was written as a 20th anniversary celebration of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Paying respect to its musicians and their character, maestro Holliger definitively manages to capture so much more. The spirit of an instrument, the spirit of... Click here to read more.
wishing you all the best in this happy happy and very merry season time for all times to come...
August was all about continuance of research and "Where do we go from here?" section of the project. It resulted in working and meeting really amazing and inspiring people and artists...Click here to read more.
Little souvenir from Flemish Parliament (Brussels) performance... Click here to read more.
This summer started off with a performance on the 6th Epidaurus Festival, with Natasa Bekcic... Click here to read more.
Memories from the "ArsMusica" International Contemporary Music Festival by Bert De Keyser
On March 20th, within the "ArsMusica" International Contemporary Music Festival, Dejana will perform as part of composer platform of Geoffrey François, in l´Espace Senghor (Brussels) that will begin at 7 pm. Her performance will include "Elles", an exciting piece for solo violin (with surprise elements, especially in the third movement). The composer platform is followed by Geoffrey François' original spectacle "BLEU, d'après Yves Klein Poésie scénique".
During the Brussels "Museum Night Fever" on March 3rd, together with harpist Ursula Aščič, Dejana shared her "fever" in Palais des Beaux-Arts, Henry Le Bœuf Hall .(watch this space for photos soon!)
On February 25th, "Mozart Brussels Ensamble" performed in Musical Instrument Museum, in Brussels. This was a first performance of the Ensamble as a trio with Elisabeth de Mérode (flute), Dejana Sekulić (violin) and Laurent Tardat (viola).
Together with harpist Ursula Aščič, Dejana became a part of "Classics Revisited" concept - a new and exciting project, that combines classical and modern. The duo performed their original program concept on February 23rd in Brussels. Traveling through time of music from Bach to the 21st century classical music - all the way to the moment when they were joined on stage by Mathias Lewis, electronic artist, with whom they did live improvisation set. (pictures+audio+video update coming soon)
Check out the video/interview preview "Tell me about... (following the footsteps of thoughts of exceptional artists)" recently uploaded in the "Media: video" section or directly on vimeo. com by clicking here
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