Marginal Consort

Project Teaser Video
Client Manuela Benetton, PAN
Details Video HD, b/w, Sound 2.1,
Direction, Editing Davide Luciani
Production Mote
Event Marginal Consort
Date 6th June
Year 2016
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Rare 3-hour concert by the legendary avant-garde improvisation collective Marginal Consort – their first ever appearance in Germany, in the dramatic setting of St. Elisabeth Kirche.

Presented by Manuela Benetton and PAN. In cooperation with Thirty Three Thirty Three. Supported by Initiative Neue Musik. Partners: The Wire, Digital in Berlin, Mote.

Marginal Consort is a Japanese avant-garde improvisation collective composed of sound and visual artists who were all students of Takehisa Kosugi at the radical Bigaku school of aesthetics in Tokyo in the ’70s. Founded in 1997, the collective, which plays just one concert per year, is a reformation of the East Bionic Symphonia, a large improvisation ensemble in the spirit of Kosugi’s Group Ongaku and Taj Mahal Travellers projects. Marginal Consort’s current line-up includes Kazuo Imai, Tomonao Koshikawa, Kei Shii and Masami Tada. Marginal Consort’s extended set explores forms of sound and ways of playing that never coalesce into music, but create a group dynamic of ebb and flow, exploration and fluidity. A Marginal Consort show has a fixed start and end time, but otherwise nothing else is predetermined. All is temporary, flexible. Accidental or deliberate unison. The musicians are physically separated in the performance space like individual actors. The audience is encouraged to move around to experience different aural perspectives of their dense, kaleidoscopic and immersive performance.

“Listen with your eyes closed and individual sounds are impossible to place. Like hearing a river flowing nearby”
—Alan Cummings, The Wire