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Third Space Sessions – Transmutational Strings

Third Space 90 Goodman Road Goodman Arts Centre #05-02 8:00 PM Tickets: SGD18 (adults), SGD8 (students)

A unique chance to hear the duo of viola player Garth Knox in collaboration with Brian O’Reilly on contrabass and electronics. The duo having worked together previously performing a series of audio-visual performances across Europe culminating with the release of ZKM/Wergo DVD “Spectral Strands.”

For the event, they will be premiering a new electro-acoustic composition integrating sweeps, swells and scratches from their stringed instruments modified and treated with electronic modulations and transmutations. This performance will mark their first time playing together in Asia.

Also this event will feature Singaporean violist Christoven Tan who will be performing his work for solo viola and electronics.

Garth Knox Bio

Garth Knox is at the forefront of the new music scene in many fields. Drawing on his vast experience as a viola player of the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble intercontemporain and his close collaboration with most of the leading composers of today, he has become a unique performer of music of many different styles, ranging from minimalist understatement to the cutting edge of new techniques and new technologies.

More recently thanks to his interest in the viola d’amore and the medieval fiddle, his repertoire has opened up to the music of the past (medieval, baroque) which he persuasively brings into the present, and his Irish/Scottish roots enable him to dialogue with traditional Celtic music without complexes. He has always felt at home as an improviser, and now more and more so as a composer also, deploying his musical ideas as innovative instrumental theatre.

Brian O’Reilly Bio

Brian O’Reilly works within the fields of electro-acoustic composition, sound installations, moving images and noise music. Also he is a contrabassist focusing on uncovering the inaudible textures and hidden acoustic microsounds of his instrument through the integration of electronic treatments and extended playing techniques.

In addition to his solo performances and works for moving images he also plays modular analog synthesizer and generates visuals in the duo Black Zenith and contrabass & electronics with the noise-jazz group Game of Patience. Currently he is a lecturer at LASALLE’s College of the Arts School of Contemporary Music, focusing on electronic music composition, visual music and creative music making techniques through the use of improvisation.

Christoven Tan Bio

Singaporean violist, Christoven Tan, is a contemporary artist with a passion for constant redefinition of viola performance and the artist, himself. Christoven relies heavily on engaging contemporary practice and methodologies in western classical music of today and is constantly looking to program new works or ideas.

He actively performs in solos, ensembles, orchestras in public and commercial galleries and artist-run spaces in London, Lithuania, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Spain and Singapore. Christoven recently served Artist-in-Residency at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2018 exploring definition of listening and materiality! Christoven has commissioned works from composers Siting Jiang, Goh Toh Chai, Alicia Joyce de Silva and Kelly Tang. Christoven can be heard on BBC radio 3 in the recording of Hymnen II by Stockhousen with the London Sinfonietta. Christoven has also released his single Viola Viola by George Benjamin on Spotify as a solo artist. It is his focus to make new works of the viola relevant, played to the widest range of audience.



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