Leo Records Christmas sale

Rank Ensemble’s debut cd, ‘Papilio Noblei’, is part of Leo Records’ Christmas sale this year – just 2.50 pounds (2.80 euros) per cd!!

http://www.leorecords.com/?m=christmassale

If you don’t own this fine gem yet, now would be a great time to pick one up… And at that price you can pick some up as Xmas gifts for all your friends!

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Triple Quartet Project in Helsinki

This past week the Triple Quartet Project – Rank Ensemble, Ensemble Parkour, & KROCK – met up in Helsinki, for several days of rehearsals and workshops. A grand time was had; looking forward to the next phase of the project!

Thanks once again to Nordic Culture Fund & Kulturfonden för Sverige och Finland for their kind support.

Open rehearsals Saturday Jan. 7th, ESKUS Helsinki

Rank Ensemble, together with some of our partner Ensembles from Stockholm, KROCK and Ensemble Parkour, will be meeting for three days of rehearsals in Helsinki in the first week of January 2017, culminating in an open workshop at ESKUS performance centre in Helsinki on Saturday January 7th, 2-4pm.

Feel free to drop by! https://www.facebook.com/events/2031850987041459/

Esitystaiteen keskus, Suvilahti, Puhdistamo, Kaasutehtaankatu 1/33, 00540 Helsinki

Many thanks to Nordisk Kulturfond for their generous support of this project:

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Rank Ensemble on YLE Radio 1 & YLE Areena

Rank Ensemble’s concert last week at the Tampere Biennale will be broadcast on YLE Radio 1 on Wednesday April 20th, at 22:05 Helsinki time:

http://yle.fi/radio/yleradio1/suora/

…after which it will be available online at YLE Areena for one month, at the following link:

http://areena.yle.fi/1-3328551

Drop by and listen!

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Video: Rank Ensemble @ MuTeFest’15

Very exciting: full video of Rank Ensemble’s concert at MuTeFest’15 from last November – world premieres of Sami Klemola’s ‘Tranquillo’ and Fredrik Gran’s ‘Vox Terminus’, paired with the first work ever written for the Ensemble, Shinji Kanki’s ‘Towards White’.

Thanks to Taiteen edistämiskeskus for their support towards this concert.

This week: Rank Ensemble performs at Tampere Biennale

This Wednesday, April 13th, Rank Ensemble is proud to be performing the opening concert of Tampere Biennale 2016!

http://tamperemusicfestivals.fi/biennale/en/programme/festival-programme/wed/luuppiliittymia-ja-visuaalista-musiikkia/

13.4.2016, 7pm, Vanha kirjastotalo (Musiikkisali), Tampere. 13/10 €

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Niilo Tarnanen (FIN): Holliday Junction (2015) (world premiere)
Fredrik Gran: (SWE) Vox Terminus (2015)
Juho Laitinen (FIN): RhytmiCone Jam (2012)
James Andean (CAN): To Then the None – miniature (2015)
Alejandro Olarte (COL): Korkealla Hiljaisuuden (2013)
Timothy Page (USA): Toipilas (2016) (world premiere)

Video: Rank performs Fredrik Gran’s “Vox Terminus” – clips

Here are some clips from Rank’s premiere performance of Fredrik Gran’s Vox Terminus, at MuTeFest’15, Helsinki Music Centre, November 21st 2015:

Video courtesy Marek Pluciennik.

Thanks to Taiteen edistämiskeskus for their support towards this concert.

Rank performs @ Fylkingen!

Rank Ensemble is thrilled to begin a collaboration with two superb Stockholm-based ensembles, Ensemble Parkour and KROCK, beginning with a concert at Stockholm’s legendary Fylkingen!

The concert was Saturday November 28th, 7:30pm. Rank performed Fredrik Gran’s ‘Vox Terminus’ and Sami Klemola’s ‘Tranquillo’, while Parkour performed Gran’s ‘Music beyond the surface’ and Sten Sandell’s ‘Det soniska ansvaret’, and KROCK performed Tony Blomdahl’s ‘Sequence’.

Thanks to Tauten edistämiskeskus and Suomalais-Ruotsalainen kulttuurirahasto for their support towards this concert.

https://www.facebook.com/events/548911721924320/

http://www.fylkingen.se/node/2142

Here are a few photos from the concert:

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MuTeFest’15: Vox Terminus – Rank Ensemble plays Klemola, Gran & Kanki

Rank Ensemble is excited to be part of the line-up of MuTeFest’15!

Rank performs world premieres of new works by two of the most exciting Nordic composers today: Sami Klemola (‘Tranquillo’) and Fredrik Gran (‘Vox Terminus’), as well as Shinji Kanki’s ‘Towards White’, the first piece composed specifically for the Ensemble.

Sunday November 22nd, 6pm, Black Box, Helsinki Music Centre

Note: our MuTeFest concert will be live-streamed!
http://www.uniarts.fi/en/uniartstv/mutefest-rank-ensemble-%E2%80%93-suora-l%C3%A4hetys-musiikkitalosta-2211

https://www.facebook.com/events/516826708473619/

https://www.musiikkitalo.fi/fi/tapahtuma/mutefest-16-23112015-vox-terminus-rank-ensemble-plays-sami-klemola-fredrik-gran

Thanks to Taiteen edistämiskeskus for their support towards this concert.

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Kielen päällä – Tip of the Tongue. Rank Ensemblen pienoisfestivaali monikielisyydestä ja musiikista

Täällä taas! Pienoisfestivaali Kielen päällä – Tip of the Tongue avaa Rank-syksyn 2015. Tervetuloa Forum Boxiin 1.-3.9.

We are back! Rank’s fall 2015 starts with our mini festival Kielen päällä – Tip of the Tongue in Forum Box September 1-3. See you there!

Kielen päällä – Tip of the Tongue.

Rank Ensemblen pienoisfestivaali monikielisyydestä ja musiikista

Galleria Forum Box 1.-3.9.2015

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https://www.facebook.com/events/680340892066005/

http://www.forumbox.fi/fi/calendar/58/735-rank-ensemble/

Kielen päällä, tip of the tongue, στην άκρη της γλώσσας. har det på tunga, en la punta de la lengua, an der Zungenspitze

Rank Ensemblen jäsenet puhuvat äidinkielinään suomea, norjaa, englantia, kreikkaa ja saksaa. Yhteinen kieli on musiikki. Tässä pohja yhtyeen pienoisfestivaalille, johon on kutsuttu mukaan myös suomalais-saksalainen Zinc & Copper Works sekä meksikolainen runoilija Daniel Malpica. Vierailijat tuovat mukanaan tuulahduksen valtameren takaa ja kaukaa Eedenistä.

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To Then the None – Tuten tenan

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Konsertin kesto noin 60 minuuttia

 

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Eedenin kielellä – Words of Paradise

Zinc & Copper Works (Berliini / Helsinki)

Konsertin kesto noin 60 minuuttia

 

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Kielikylpyjä – Bathing in Words

Improvisoimassa Rank Ensemble, Zinc & Copper Works ja Daniel Malpica (Meksiko)

Konsertin kesto noin 120 minuuttia

Liput ovelta tuntia ennen konserttia

8€ / konsertti tai 20€ koko festivaali

Huom! Vain käteinen. Cash only.

OHJELMA – PROGRAMME 

To Then the None – Tuten Tenan

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Saara Olarte – harppu

James Andean – elektroniikka ja esineet

Solmund Nystabakk – kitara

Elena Kakaliagou – käyrätorvi

James Andean: To Then the None (kantaesitys)

To Then the None

Rank Ensemblen jäsenet ovat kaikki kotoisin eri maista: Suomesta, Kanadasta, Norjasta ja Kreikasta ja puhuvat äidinkielinään viittä (!) eri kieltä. Niinpä kielten ja musiikin yhteys on ollut yhtyeen kiinnostuksen kohde jo pitkään. Nyt kantaesitettävä teos To Then the None lähestyy monikielisyyttä kielten, kirjallisuuden, äänitaiteen ja musiikin keinoin. Teoksen pohjana toimivat runon säkeet erikielisistä teksteistä, joita Rank Ensemblen jäsenet lukivat toisilleen ja ymmärtämättä kuulemansa merkitystä ”käänsivät” omille kielilleen saman kuuloisten äänteiden ja tavujen avulla. Näiden siirtymien ja muodonmuutosten kautta olemassa olevat kielet muuttuvat ensin äänityksiksi ja kielenkaltaisiksi äänteiksi sekä lopulta elektroakustiseksi äänimateriaaliksi ja akustisten soittimien tulkinnoiksi kielestä.

Rank Ensemble on yksi Helsingin eturivin nykymusiikkiyhtyeistä. Yhtye keskittyy tasapuolisesti vapaaseen improvisaatioon ja nykymusiikkiteoksiin, jotka on kirjoitettu Rank Ensemblelle. Perustamisvuodesta 2009 lähtien yhtye on esiintynyt useilla esiintymislavoilla ja festivaaleilla, mukaan lukien Pohjoismaiset musiikkipäivät, Festival Détours de Babel, Là-bas biennale, Äänen Lumo, Aikamme Kamarimusiikkia, Ptarmigan, Helsinki Meeting Point, Forum Box, Panimoravintola Koulu, Höyhentämö ja Vaihtolava. Näissä konserteissa yhtye on esittänyt Gabriel Paiukin, Shinji Kankin ja  Andrew Bentleyn Rank Ensemblelle säveltämät teokset, sekä Suomen-kantaesitykset Simon Steen-Andersenin, Stefan Prinsin, and David Toopin teoksista.

To Then the None

Rank Ensemble is a group, with each member hailing from a different home country – Finland, Norway, Greece, and Canada – and, as a result, fluent in a list of languages, including Finnish, English, French, Norwegian, Greek, and German. The Ensemble has long hoped to prepare a work based on the group’s extremely multilingual character. This inspired the group to propose a new work which more explicitly explores multilingualism, both as language, as literature, as sound art, and finally as music. Work on this new piece began with the careful selection, workshopping, and recording of extracts of poetic texts in the various languages represented in the group. These recordings were then transformed, primarily focusing on the creation of metamorphoses and transitions between languages. This electroacoustic material was then extended with instrumental material. The final work celebrates language and multilingualism through word, sound and music.

 

Rank Ensemble is one of Helsinki’s primary new music ensembles, with equal focus on free improvisation and contemporary works, many of which have been written specifically for the Ensemble. Since the group’s inception in 2009, Rank has performed at venues and festivals including Nordic Music Days, Festival Détours de Babel, Là-bas biennale, Äänen Lumo, Aikamme Kamarimusiikkia, Ptarmigan, Helsinki Meeting Point, Forum Box, Panimoravintola Koulu, Höyhentämö and Vaihtolava; performances have included works written for Rank Ensemble by Gabriel Paiuk, Shinji Kanki, and Andrew Bentley, as well as Finnish premieres of works by Simon Steen-Andersen, Stefan Prins, and David Toop.

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Eedenin kielellä – Words of Paradise

Forum Box, September 2nd, 7pm

Zinc & Copper Works (Berlin/Helsinki)

Elena Kakaliagou – French horn

Hilary Jeffery – Trombone

Robin Hayward – Microtonal tuba

Robin Hayward:             Grave Mountain Diagram (2008)

Finnish premiere

Grave Mountain Diagram

The 16th century Dutch linguist Jan van Gorp believed Brabantic, his Flemish dialect, to be the original language spoken in Paradise. Observing Brabantic to have the highest proportion of single-syllable words compared to Hebrew, Greek and Latin, he reasoned that as the first language must have been the simplest, all languages must be derived from Brabantic! In the course of his etymological research he also drew on the idea that reversing a word’s sound reverses its semantic meaning. “Grave Mountain Diagram”, originally composed by Robin Hayward in 2008, draws on thirteen of the syllables from which Gorp believed all other languages to be ultimately derived. The title refers to the syllable “grab” (grave) and its retrograde “barg” (mountain). Hocketing between the players is used to combine these syllables into longer “words”, together with retrograde techniques based on their reversibility. By using half-valve, vowel shaping, muting techniques and augmenting the articulation with vocal consonants it is possible for the instrumentalists to imitate the inflections of speech. In this new performance – presented for the first time in Helsinki – the musicians reinterpret the piece to bring to the foreground its linguistic character, along with focusing on tuning to help recreate the feeling of Gorp’s paradise.

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Zinc & Copper Works was founded by Robin Hayward in 2005. A trio of horn, trombone and tuba forms the basis for a variable ensemble of brass instruments, which alongside its musical virtuosity is distinguished by innovative and pioneering research within the area of experimental music. Using distorted embouchure and experimental valve techniques, the instruments may be transformed into acoustic noise generators. Half-valve and muting techniques allow for an acoustic filtering of the tone, opening up a wide colour spectrum. The instruments may be tuned microtonally and combined with new technology. For example, the attachment of sensors to the valves allows the instrumental mechanism to interact with current computer technology.

Up until 2008 Zinc & Copper Works used conventional instruments to realise microtonal tunings. In 2009 the ensemble received funding from the Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin, which, together with support from the instrument makers B&S, made it possible to convert the conventional instruments into a specifically designed microtonal horn and microtonal tuba. These new instruments effectively solve the technical problems associated with playing microtonal music on traditional valved brass instruments. Every conceivable pitch within the instruments’ ranges may be played and all tuning systems (both tempered and non-tempered) realised. In the time of Giovanni Gabrieli, long before modern valved brass instruments were invented, the brass ensemble had equal standing to other chamber music ensembles. By researching alternative approaches towards playing, Zinc & Copper Works is exploring the potential of the medium in the 21st century.

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Kielikylpyjä – Bathing in Words

Forum Box, September 3rd, 7pm

 

Rank Ensemble, Zinc&Copper Works, Daniel Malpica

Improvisations

The mini festival ends with an improvisation night where Rank Ensemble and Zinc & Copper Works are joined by the Mexican poet Daniel Malpica.

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Daniel Malpica is a Mexican poet and graphic designer based in Finland since 2013. He is co-founder, editor-in-chief and designer of[Radiador] Magazine, a literary project focused in non conventional poetry and arts. As a multimedia artist, he has participated in several international festivals of experimental poetry sharing a stage with writers like Amiri Baraka or Michel Houellebecq. He is author of the poetry books Paréntesis, Marduk: senectus signum and Se escribe con X (Written with an X) which received a literary grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) in 2014. Daniel is currently cultural producer and designer of Sivuvalo project (sivuvalo.com) which aim is based in promote international poets and writers living in Finland..

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