Sun. Feb 3rd. 7:15 pm,
Der Goldene Schmetterling / Michael Kertesz, 1926 / 82 min. Incl. introduction / live music: Mikkel Meyer + Ida Bach Jensen
Michael Kertesz, The director behind Casablanca, made a number of ambitious films in Berlin and Vienna in the 1920’s, as he challenged Hollywood on glamour, style, star-quality and dance choreography. This is exemplified in the aesthetic, sensual and overwhelmingly tragic ‘The Golden Butterfly’ with the films star, former model Lili Damita. Remember your handkerchief!
Live music: Behind this liveperformance is the duo with laptop musician Mikkel Meyer and Ida Bach Jensen, who plays the classic contra bass with soundeffects. This will be interesting!
Before the concert the Austrian embassy treats you to a glass of wine at The Cinemateques Asta Bar.
Radio on Radio
On the 29 of November, from 19 – 21 Danish time, The Danish sound artist Mikkel Meyer fills the airwaves with Nordic food, and invites you to join the dinner. Here you will meet four interesting gentlemen at the restaurant called Radio in Copenhagen. The location of the restaurant is quite special: it used to be the studio of the experimental Danish radio programme, Lydmuren, the digital remains of which were broadcast on Mobile Radio BSP at the 30th Bienal of São Paulo from the 10 – 15 October 2012. The people you will meet are the poets Jens Blendstrup and Niels Ivar Larsen, composer Jacob Riis and CEO of the Meyer Group Emil Bruun Blauert. What the four have in common is their shared – albeit extremely different – takes on what you might call experimental montage and that they have all worked with these techniques in this Radio building.
The conversation will be streamed live to you on Mobile Radio BSP from the Bienal in São Paulo and on Resonance104.4 FM in London. The transmission will embody two parallel conversations, since four English translators will translate, simultaneously, the conversation from Danish into English. These conversations will be mixed with ambient sounds from the restaurant, creating a picture in sound of the whole setting. So tune in and enjoy a gourmet dinner at Radio on radio.
Interview regarding the project can be found here:
Photo of Mikkel Meyer can be found here:
Live remix of Charles Mingus
As a part of the REMIXED & RE-IMAGINED project which pays tribute to Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman. Mikkel Meyer are twisting his knobs at Copenhagen Jazzhouse.
The concept is that 4 electronic musicians each interpret a track from one of these 2 miliestones within the avantgarde jazz.
Each act gets 15 minutes, and in the end all 4 musicians will end up improvising together over elements from the selected albums.
Can electronic musicians play jazz? Come and judge for yourself.
With a series of short experimental daytime concerts, the 4-Hour Festival presents uncompromising underground electronic music in an unusual public arena. During the three concerts and two dj sets, you will experience a morning of transcending drones, Nordic ambient and eclectic electronica at the colourful Nørrebro park Superkilen. This is a perfect place to begin the final day of Strøm.
Lineup: Rumpistol (DK), Mikkel Meyer (DK), Kiloton (DK), Sly Nein (DK), Claus Poulsen (DK) Bue Thastum(DK)
and Søs Gunver Ryberg (DK)
2200 Copenhagen N
Date: Sunday 26th August
Time: 10:30 – 14:30
Some weeks ago the SPOT festival in Århus, Denmark, announced that this years version of the festival will see a very special and unique live performance from the Copenhagen Collaboration under the name “Copenhagen Collaboration reworked by T. Finland and Mikkel Meyer“. That’s what the picture above is illustrating – it was taken by the kind and talented Kristian Klintholm.
Usually when I read stuff like this I catch myself thinking something along the lines of “ahhh, how unique and special that performance is really going to be?” – well, this time we promise you that it’s true – at least it’s unlike what any of us has ever done before – and we will only do it this one time.
With the help of electronic music artists T. Finland and Mikkel Meyer we will try to pull off a live remix concert at this years festival. This is not to be understood as that they will be remixing our records live on stage. NO, they will be remixing and re-structuring our music while we perform it. Live on stage. In real time.
On a practical level this will mean the stage will be split between the band (consisting of us musicians) on one side and the remixers on the other side. We hear what we ourselves play through the headphones we’ll all be wearing while Finland & Meyer will decide what audience hears. They will re-construct all the elements of the songs into brand new remixed variations of the songs. And they’ll do it right there on the spot – and that will be what the audience hears. We, the musicians will still be hearing the actual sound of the instruments in the headphones – so even if they e.g. decide to kill the guitar on the chorus, the guitar player will still be hammering away on his guitar as always. They even have power to switch off the entire band and rework the songs as a capella numbers if they want.
We are super excited about doing this show. It’s going to be extremely complicated to plan, rehearse and execute, but I guess those things shouldn’t hold you back, right? Artistically I believe we’re gonna produce some gorgeous music through this show, and as music nerd I think its super cool to be able to give the audience an experience that’s very different from the normal procedures for a concert.
We got into this through the festival’s grand old man, Gunner Madsen, who approached us in October last year and told us that he had heard about our collective and thought it sounded like the kind of collaborations that musicians and artists did back in the 70s in Århus. Especially in the way that our collaboration doesn’t have any specific purpose or goal behind, but is more based on a shared ideology (although ours is not quite as political as groups he was thinking about). He said he liked that way of thinking, and told us, that if we wanted to try out something new, crazy or just different from what we normally did, he might be interested in including it in the festival.
Based on that, we brainstormed on a bunch of things and ended up decided that this was the most crazy/diffucult one to pull off – so we had to go for it.