On the first day of the spring festival there will be a very special concert (as on all the other days as well of course).
The composition department invited Nicolas Collins to fill an evening with his music.
He was happy to do so, made a program which will be performed by students of the composition department.
Nicolas selected four pieces, for this concert. In the selection process he was mostly concerned with one thing: It had to make use of the students as performers as much as possible. He is interested in what happens if performers are working together, he wants to challenge performers by putting them into situations in which they don’t exactly know what is going to happen so that they have to creatively react on a short notice.
‘If you perform a piece you can really figure out how that stuff has been made’
All of the pieces that Nicolas selected for this concert make use of electronics:
“My interest in technology is not so much that I want it to create new sounds, but at home we always called it a football. If you put 6 kids that don’t know each other in a playground and you put a football in the middle you have instant interaction, but if you don’t and they have to talk to each other it Is complicated. So, I tend to use technology more for organizational purposes then for it’s purely sonic ones.
I love to take risks, which means that occasionally stuff doesn’t work correctly. I want to perform proper experiments on stage. Neither the performers, the audience, or the composer knows what is actually going to happen, but as with a good cake recipe, you’re so happy when it comes out of the oven right!”
Blogpost by Eva Beunk
Pictures by Wilson Leywantono and Yannis Kyriakides