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Elyakim, Dganit : Failing Better (Aural Terrains)

Using electronics and voice, composer & sound artist Gtanit Elyakim presents a diverse set of compositions in collaboration with other acoustic, voice and electronic artists, a superb debut for an artist interested in aspects of the human and the digital paradigm.
 

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Dganit Elyakim-composer, narrator, electronics

Ronald Boersen-electronics

Teodora Stepancic-acoustic piano

Noa Frenkel-alto saxophone

Haggai Fershtman-percussion

Adaya Godlevsky-voice

Yoni Silver-bass clarinet

Ofer Marmur-voice

Shlomo Blumenfeld-voice

Yehudit Mizrachi-voice

Eyal Zaliouk-acoustic piano

Ayelet Lerman-viola


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Label: Aural Terrains
Catalog ID: TRRN1032
Squidco Product Code: 21984

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Greece/UK
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at HaTeiva, Tel Aviv by Ronald Boersen.

Tracks 7 & 8 were recorded at The Classical Studio, Herzelia by Eyal Zaliouk

Track 5 was recorded at the Stockhausen Studio, Hague, The Netherlands by Dganit Elyakim.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Dganit Elyakim (born in Tel-Aviv, 1977) is a composer and sound-artist. Her music depicts various aspects of the human and the digital paradigm. Through MIDI protocols and algorithmically based behaviours of the computer-performer she confronts the human musician with a digital based reality. She is a co-founder of the new media ensemble 'Turing Dames' and the curator of the concert series 'The Unbearable Lightness of Coherency'. Her works include various collaborations with dance, art-film, video-art, new-media and theatre.

Elyakim was awarded the Israeli Prime Minister's Prize in composition (2011) and the American-Israel-Cultural-Foundation grant among others. Her music has been featured at events and venues such as Ars Electronica (Linz), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), KOMA Festival, (Belgrade), Kölner Musiknacht (Cologne), Steim (Amsterdam), Het Nuthuis (The Hague), Israel Festival (Jerusalem), and HaTeiva (Tel Aviv).

Dganit graduated in Music and Philosophy at the Haifa University under the supervision of Prof. Arik Shapira. She has completed postgraduate studies in composition and electronic music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the supervision of Matrijn Padding, Gilius van Bergeijk and Clarence Barlow."-Aural Terrains

"I don’t regard [Failing Better] as a commercial product but as a cultural one, a subjective point-of-view of a specific time-space reality that wants to dialogue with as many people as possible."-Dganit Elyakim



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Artist Biographies

"Teodora Stepancic, born in Belgrade Serbia. She studied piano and composition at the University of Arts in Belgrade and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Among her teachers are: Gilius van Bergeijk, Yannis Kyriakides, Martijn Padding, Louis Andriessen, Vlastimir Trajkovic, Dejan Stosic, Aleksandar Sandorov, Ljiljana Vukelja, Milica Vasiljevic.

She participated masterclasses for piano, composition, improvisation and electronic music, working with Paul Goulda, Eric Lesage, Kemal Gekic, Messiah Maiguashka, Peter Michael Hamel, Alvin Currin, Richard Ayres, Caliope Tsoupakis, David Toop, Kim Cascone, Ray Lee, Manos Tsangaris, William Forman.

Teodora Stepancic is active as composer, pianist, performer and improviser and collaborated with ASKO Ensemble, Orkest de ereprijes, Holland Symfonia, Netherlandse Blazers Ensemble, PreArt Soloists (Switzerland) etc. She is member and co-founder of may ensembles: ensemble Modelo62 (Holland), D€N HAAG A££$TAR$ €NS€MBL€ SZ group with Miguelangel Clerc and Grzegorz Marciniak und die Serbian Sound Youth mit Maja Lekovic und Svetlana Maras.

Teodora Stepancic has given converts in Holland, Serbia, Switzerland, Israel, Lithuania, UK, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Macedonia, Albania etc., on the festivals such as Gaudeamus Music Week, Dag in de branding, November music, Noordelijk film festival, BBC Proms (London), Process (Vilnius), Internetional review of composers, KOMA (Belgrade)."

-Dumpf (https://dumpf.com/en/edition/teodora-stepancic/)
2/21/2024

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Yoni Silvers plays the bass clarinet (extended/constricted/strangulated), as well as alto sax, violin, piano, voice, some computer fiddlings and some general fiddlings. Improvisation, composition, performance, and much in-between.

These are some of the combos I am a part of these days:

- Hyperion Ensemble, led by Rumanian Hyper-Spectralist composers Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram.

- Denis D'or, with Grundik Kasyansky on electronics and Tom Wheatley on double bass

- Trio with Mark Sanders on drums and Tom Wheatley on double bass

- Duo with Steve Noble

I also play or have played with people such as Jean Claude Jones, Harold Rubin, Steve Noble, Eddie Prevost, Angharad Davies, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley, Eran Sachs, Alex Drool, Maya Dunietz, Wolfgang Fuchs, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ghédalia Tazartès, Ehran Elisha, Alex Ward, Sharon Gal, Mark Sanders, Günter Baby Sommer, Eyal Maoz, Daniel Davidovsky, Ofer Bymel, Damon Smith, Birgit Ulher, Fritz Welch, Daysuke Takaoka, Neil Davidson, Tim Hodgkinson, Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, Seymour Wright, Catherine Lamb, Hannes Lingens, Tom Wheatley, Dylan Nyoukis, Yonatan Avishai, Steve Beresford, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, London Improvisers Orchestra, Thanos Chrysakis, Mazen Kerbaj, Heiner Metzger, Ute Kanngiesser, Dominic Lash, Ariel Shibolet, Eivind Lønning, Sophie Angel, Grundik Kasyansky, Konzert Minimal, Crank Sturgeon...

I've composed and arranged music for film directors Avi Mograbi ('Z-32'), and Josef Pitchhadze ('Year Zero'); theatre director Ariel Efraim Ashbel (The Empire Strikes Back); artists Alona Rodeh ('Over and Above') and Gilad Ratman ('The Workshop' for Venice Biennale 2013); and poets/spoken-word-artists Roman Baembaev and Pyotr Shmugliakov. Also did arrangements for singer-Israeli songwriters Rona Kenan, Shlomi Shaban, and others have been played by ensembles such as the Israeli Philharmonic and Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, and been a member of the Israeli rock band Habiluim and metal/circus-core band Midnight Peacocks.

I've also composed pieces for ensembles such as the Israeli Contemporary Players, and numerous ad-hoc ensembles."

-Yoni Silver Website (https://yonisilver.wordpress.com/info-2/)
2/21/2024

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"Ayelet Lerman is a performance, installation and sound artist living in Jerusalem. She researches the non-verbal emotional field that stretches through the use of sound, music, sculpture, and movement. Ayelet was a young classical violist when she decided to look for new directions in life. She finished a BA in philosophy and biology and travelled in India. Her return to the art world was through her studies at the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem where she finished the four years course at 2010. Her final work, "Stringed", an installation-performance, granted her an award from the Jerusalem Mayor. Since November 2010 she is the curator of "Wire Tapping", the experimental music series at Barbur Gallery, Jerusalem. In June 2012, she concluded a year and a half residency program at mamuta at the Daniela Passal's arts and media center in Jerusalem with a solo exhibition of performance-installations. She finds a place for her experimental art and music in numerous art events, festivals and exhibitions."

-Aural Terrains (http://auralterrains.com/releases/23)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. As Daft As A Brush 1:32

2. Lentils 8:27

3. Stasimon: Agnus Dei 3:14

4. One on 1.1 9:08

5. Lewdness 7:21

6. Dogma I am God 2:30

7. Powder 4:05

8. Old Skool 7:48

9. The Next 31 Seconds Of Your Life 4:33

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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Large Ensembles

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