PERFORMING PRECARITY / Jorge Gómez Elizondo - Flugbahn

Created at 1. Aug. 2023

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To be a contemporary music performer today is to have a deeply fragmented practice. The performer’s role is no longer simply a matter of mastering her instrument and executing a score. Music practices are increasingly incorporating new instruments and technologies, new methods of creating works, audience interaction, and new situations of interdependence between performer subjects. In these conditions, the performer increasingly finds herself unable to keep control and a sense of mastery over the performance. In other words, performing is increasingly precarious.


The research project Performing Precarity seeks to investigate this paradigm by abandoning notions of mastery and instrument-specificity as the core of a musician’s practice in favour of the idea of the network and its ensuing precarity. What kinds of practices emerge when traditional conceptions of beauty and perfection are relinquished in favour of precarity, fragility, risk, instability, failure, and mutual dependence between performers, composers, technologies, and audiences? What kinds of reflections will emerge out of this repositioning of the performer from “master” to a mutually dependent agent in such a network?


Performing Precarity is a research project financed by The Norwegian Academy of Music and The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The project group consists of Laurence Crane, Anders Førisdal, Tomas L. Nannestad, Lisa Streich, Lea Tetrick, Io Sivertsen, Jennifer Torrence and Ellen Ugelvik. Several compositions have been developed during the project period by Carola Bauckholt, Olga Bochikhina, Laurence Crane, Jorge G. Elizondo, Elizabeth Hobbs, Simon Løffler, Trond Reinholdtsen, Tania Rubio, Lisa Streich, Vladimir Tarnopolski, Jennifer Torrence and Ellen Ugelvik. The group has cooperated with the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz, The Huddersfield University and The Moscow Conservatory. An exposition presenting the project will be published during the fall of 2023.





Jennifer Torrence is a percussionist, performer, and artistic researcher based in Oslo, Norway. Originally from the US, she has performed and taught in a variety of contexts across the entire globe. Much of her work is built upon deep collaborative processes with composers and artists from other art forms. In addition to solo and collaborative projects she is a member of the Norwegian ensemble, Pinquins. Her artistic research is currently hosted by the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Stockholm University of the Arts. Jennifer is Associate Professor II of percussion at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

For more information see www.jennifertorrence.com.



Ellen Ugelvik, pianist, concentrates on developing and performing new projects in cooperation with contemporary composers and artists. Ugelvik works as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, USA and Asia. She has been invited to festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktage, Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Tasten – Berliner Klaviertage, Huddersfield contemporary music festival, Ultraschall, Tzlil Meudcan, Gaudeamus, Kammer Klang, Musikhøst, Rainy Days, ECLAT, De Suite Muziekweek, Angelica Festival, Kwadrofonik Festival, Nordic Music Days, Musik der Jahrhunderte; Südseite Nachts, Monday Evening Concerts, Risør festival of chamber music, Ultima contemporary music festival, Borealis and Happy Days. Ellen Ugelvik is employed as leader of the NordART Centre for Artistic Research and associate professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music besides her work as a freelance pianist.

For more information see www.ellenugelvik.com.




Leicht über Linz


21.03.2023 19.00 Uhr

Sonic Lab ABPU





Jorge Gómez Elizondo Flugbahn

Flugbahn for prepared piano, percussion, video and objects (2021/2022) world premiere In this piece the relation between sound and visual object (on video or on stage) are explored in different ways. Sounds and objects are constantly colliding, set against each other with continuous attacks that detonate transformations into different materials. These constant and stable attacks are confronted with sound producers that are fragile, difficult to control, unstable, or that can only be set into motion. These layers of clashes and transformations are a personal way of exploring the idea of dealing with that which lies out of our control, and which exceeds our contemplation. ///| Jorge Gómez Elizondo’s works combine musical composition, sound art, performance and scenic aspects. He writes pieces in which the random, the planned, the improvised are interwoven with a multiplicity of meanings or a recontextualization of space and sound. He studied composition in Monterrey (UANL, Bachelor) and music technology in Mexico City (UNAM, Master) with Ricardo Martínez and Roberto Morales. He completed his master's degree in composition at Anton Bruckner Private University, where he is currently a doctoral student in the artistic-scientific doctoral program in composition studying with Carola Bauckholt. In 2021 he receives the City of Vienna’s "Förderungspreis der Stadt Wien" in the area of musical composition. He received the “Staatsstipendium” for Composition 2022 and the “Startsstipendium”for Music and Performing Arts 2020 from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Public Service and Sports. In 2018, the Bruckner Orchestra performed his piece "aus Holz und Fleisch" as part of the "Anhörung" in Linz, Austria. The solo violin piece Anamensis received first place in the national competition for scores, XI Festival Internacional de Música Nueva Monterrey. His music has been performed by Ensemble Phace, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Schallfeld, Ensemble Recherche, Vertixe Sonora, Phoenix, Oerknal! Liminar, Schlagquartett Köln, Toyen Fil øg Klafferi and Norwegian Cornett and Sackbuts, in concerts and festivals such as Wien Modern (AT ), Zeiträume Biennale für Neue Musik und Architektur in Basel (CH), Konsertserien Periferien (NO), Südseite Nachts (DE), Festival Internacional Cervantino and Callejón del Ruido (MX), Correspondencias Sonoras (ES), Ars Electronica, Leicht über Linz (AT), Delian Academy for New Music (GR), among others. From 2022 he is teaching at the Anton Bruckner Private University.

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