Post-Paradise is a new concert series curating regular new music events in Birmingham, showcasing local composers and artists amongst guests from around the UK and abroad.
Next installment brings music from Berlin, Miami and Birmingham!
Jorge Gomez Abrante is a composer/performer based in Miami, FL. His artistic practices ruminate on the non-teleological, blandness, listening, and concept. Some former mentors include Antoine Beuger, Ferdinando DeSena, James Erber, André O. Möller, and Michael Baldwin among others. Jorge is co-founder of the Inlets Foundation for Experimental Practices.
Neele Hülcker is a composer performer whose work focuses on music as anthropological research in everyday life environments. Their compositions evolve as situations, performance-installations,
actions and interventions, and work with different kinds of public spaces.
Neele Hülcker studied composition with Dieter Mack and Harald Muenz at Musikhochschule Lübeck, and with Manos Tsangaris and Franz Martin Olbrisch at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden. They graduated with a Masters degree in 2013. In 2014 they have been a fellow of the Junge Akademie at the Akademie der Künste Berlin.
Neele Hülcker founded the youtube channel feminist ASMR (in collaboration with Stella Veloce and Katie Lee Dunbar), as well as the channel ASMR studio berlin (in collaboration with mam.manufaktur für aktuelle Musik).
Sam Leith Taylor is a composer from London based in Birmingham. He recently completed his bachelors degree studying at Birmingham Conservatoire with Seán Clancy, Howard Skempton, Errollyn Wallen and Max de Wardener. His final year ended in the completion of 2 large works: SOP, a collection of songs mostly for soprano with instruments, using poems by Tang poet Wang Wei. And Dancing About the Keyboard Music, a film of performances and animations of dance and keyboard music, using Baroque dance notations.
Sam also performs regularly with collaborators in Birmingham, including with the group Birthday Present that he helped to set up. Initially for a 4-hour performance of drones, improvisations and open scored compositions on his 21st Birthday, the group was invited to play in Porto for the HARMOS Plural festival in 2015 and continue to work together in smaller groups and towards something bigger.
Sam’s music is based on an attention to, and an awareness of real life, as well as a deep curiosity to learn. Recently this has shown itself in the study of surfaces, especially paper: using hand drawn staves to transform blemishes and often ignored patterns into music. He has been realising these through General MIDI, for its almost tireless ability to perform precisely at extreme speeds and over countless repetitions; creating rich new sounds by a mixture of cheap old ones.