Micro Worlds + Blurred Music
Goethe-Institut Boston
Sunday, December 11 2016

Goethe-Institut Boston, Boston Microtonal Society, and Non-Event present

BILIANA VOUTCHKOVA (violin, voice) + MICHAEL THIEKE (clarinet) DUO
a concert in two parts: Micro Worlds and Blurred Music

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston


Part I: Micro worlds, 7pm
Works by Cristian Kesten, Enno Pope, James Bergin, Julia Werntz, Joe Maneri, Antoine Beuger, and Tristan Murail
presented in collaboration with the Boston Microtonal Society

Intermission with food and drink

Part II: Blurred Music, 8:30pm
The duo’s new pr​oject Blurred music derives from the duplication of various material in which their​ ​own tape-recordings are almost identically duplicated by the live performance. The transitions between composition and improvisation grow vague losing their sharp edges.


BILIANA VOUTCHKOVA and MICHAEL THIEKE have worked together intensively within (and in between) both compositional and improvisational methods since 2011 presenting their work in various festivals/concert series in Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Bulgaria). They released their first album “Already there” on the Swiss label Flexion records. The music of the duo focuses on the detail in music, micro tonality, imagery and intensely dynamic, but often slowly moving soundscapes - chiseled beauty and expressive communication fully formed. Their continued ongoing investigation of these processes has led them to their current project, “Blurred Music”.


BILIANA VOUTCHKOVA is a composer-performer whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her and improvisation. Her research as a creative improviser spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language. Biliana lives in Berlin and regularly appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. She works as a soloist and collaborates with the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United, Zeitkratzer, Mosaik, LUX:NM, and many other individual artists. Recent/current projects include solo concerts at the festivals Mózg, GAS/Göteborg Art Sounds, MuseRuole and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the release of the solo album “Modus of raw” on the Evil Rabbit label, and collaborative performance at FRIMSYD, Kontraklang, Wien Modern, Blurred Edges Festival, Gent Festival, Improvisation Xchange and more.

The Berlin-based clarinetist/composer/performer MICHAEL THIEKE is equally at home across a broad range of musical environments, such as experimental song forms, collectively composing projects, improvising collectives, and music on the fringes of jazz. He is exploring the minutiae of sound, timbre and noise, with a particular interest in microtonality and related sound phenomena, and with a preference for long-term collaborations and collective work. Concert tours took him all around Europe and to China, Canada, Lebanon, Japan and the USA, and his work has been documented on over 40 releases on such labels as staubgold, ftarri, leo records, erstwhile andanother timbre. Some of his current Projects are: The International Nothing, The Magic I.D., The Pitch, Splitter Orchester, Porta Chiusa, Motif and Der Lange Schatten, as well as duos with Biliana Voutchkova and Olivier Toulemonde.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.