Working without conductor, U: & ekke have developed a sensitive ensemble playing through deep listening and rich sound colour palette.
It was on the occasion of the 2017 edition of the C3_IC festival, that U: & ekke were invited to develop a collaborative concert program. Consisting of the electronic artist Ekke (Ekke Västrik) and Taavi Kerikmäe and Tarmo Johannes, from Ensemble U:, the constellation explores a combination of electronics, glitch and acoustic instruments. With pulsating beats and spellbinding soundscapes, this extension of techniques provide a deep vibrating sonic experience, where acoustic and electronic sound meet in synthesis.
Ensemble U: is currently the most active and renowned contemporary music ensemble in Estonia, renowned for their very specific sound. Delving into improvisational works where pieces are performed through rendering of non-traditional notation, the repertoire includes composers from Estonia and abroad and the ensemble values the opportunity to continuously commission new music to be written for them.
Sound designer, composer and modular synthesizer improviser, Ekke Västrik compose through linking sound objects, field recordings and modular synths together, creating a volatile but distinct soundscape. Based in Tallinn, he studied sound design for movies in Baltic Film- and Television School and electroacoustic composition in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
The connecting factor between the three musicians of differing backgrounds is the shared ability of trans-connectivity. They have all been actively involved in very various music scenes: from contemporary music to rock, EDM, experimental, to free improvisation and electro pop. As part of the C3IC showcase, U: & ekke will perform early pieces by John Cage as well as new works for theremin, electronics and modular synthesizer. Between their sets, Hauschka and U: & ekke will present a new collaboration. This concert is supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
Tickets for this show are available only through Kulturhuset Stadsteaterns site, which can be found here.