Echofluxx 2015

Dan Senn putting up one of the posters

Dan Senn putting up one of the posters

Last year, the Echofluxx festival continued its tradition of offering the most untraditional music and video imaginable. Dan Senn started the festival in 2011 with one principal idea, invite the finest and most experimental musicians and just let them do whatever they wanted. That that formula has been successful is amply illustrated right here: I encourage everyone to visit that site; it’s not only informative, it is entertaining and enlightening as well. It is almost–I don’t think I’m exaggerating, not much–a pretty representative glimpse of the most interesting new music today.

And film, too. Last year the festival closed with a mini-film festival of some of the brightest film makers in the world.

But enough of the generalities. The specifics are these.

Echofluxx 2015 took place in its new home, Paralelní Polis, which is a coffee shop on the ground floor–very convenient–and meeting rooms in the floors above, including a quite commodious and sonically excellent space given over in May to the musical mayhem of the Echofluxx festival. The first act in the new space was a superb set by Bob Ostertag, which was a thrill for me personally, as I have admired Bob’s work ever since I first heard “Getting Ahead” in 1990, ten years after its first release. I could go on and on about this set. Best probably to shut up and let the music sound. Here are two short clips to give you a taste of this delicious music.

I you are thinking, as I was, that this may have been a tough act to follow, just know that the following act was Phill Niblock, so no worries.

The next evening featured Jaap Blonk and Joanna Hoffmann. I took video at this festival as always, and the less I say about why none if it can be used in this review the better. But Dan Senn always films things, and posts them to youtube, so all is well. First up was Jaap Blonk, whose amazing music probably needs no words of mine to recommend it. I usually do short clips for Asymmetry articles, but this time I have to link you to entire performances. I hope that is OK.

Joanna Hoffmann brought three of her creations to Prague this year. A real treat that was. Go to her website and revel in the visually and musically rich world you will find there. There was revelling in Prague for her videos, that is for sure.

Next day we had an evening with David Daniel, playing all sorts of things while strolling about the space, including an abbreviated version of “The Art of Manipulation” by Jakub Rataj, which has music and dance. You know how well that combination has worked in the past. It’s obviously still working very well.

Since I do not have any clips of the film festival, sadly, it remains only to say a word about a presentation of the vs. Interpretation Book on the closing night of the festival. This was particularly fun for me as I was one of the performers in the ensemble for this intriguing music.

I apologize for getting this report ready so late–a lot of interesting and painful things happened in my life in the year after this splendid festival. But here it is, at last, just in time for this year’s Echofluxx festival, which I promise to write about–and post–much more quickly. I swear that it is so.

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