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PRESS PLAY BACKWARDS

WEDNESDAY MAY 30, 07:30 PM

Press Play Backwards is a new work written by Irish vocalist Lauren Kinsella in collaboration with the Brooklyn-based, Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder. The work is a cross-disciplinary music theatre piece that uses sung and spoken text, original composition, and stage movement directed by the New York-based artist, choreographer and dancer K.J Holmes.

Press Play Backwards
is an opera for two improvisers, inspired by the ancient Greeks' concept of time, Chronos/Kairos, and the writings of the late Irish poet and author John O'Donohue. The piece explores both a collective and personal response to the creative being of visceral and physical memory. Join us on May 30 for the premiere of this work, marking the culmination of research and development over the last year and a half supported by Kinsella's Arts Foundation Fellowship, whose support she greatly acknowledges.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1990, Elias Stemeseder lived in Berlin from 2010 onwards and moved to New York in 2015. Besides his main instrument, the acoustic piano, he also plays synthesizers. He performs in a variety of musical idioms ranging from the song-oriented music of Jim Black's trio to contemporary classical pieces by John Zorn to the electric music of Eyebone. Current projects include collaborations with John Zorn (John Zorn's Bagatelles), the Greg Cohen Quintet, Philipp Gropper's "Philm", Jim Black's "Malamute" Anna Webber's "Percussive Mechanics", Robert Landfermann Quintet and "OTIS+WEDDING". Elias has received scholarships and grants from SKE/austro mechana and BKA Österreich Kunst und Kultur. www.eliasstemeseder.com

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983, Lauren Kinsella moved to London in 2010. She is a vocalist and songwriter working across several genres including folk, jazz, experimental and sound poetry. In her current practice she also explores the role of the voice and body within cross collaborative music theatre practice. She composes and sings in several outfits including Snowpoet and in duo form, plays with pianist Kit Downes and saxophonist Tom Challenger. She is the 2017 recipient of the Arts Foundation Fellowship and was awarded vocalist of the year JazzFM Award in 2016. www.laurenkinsella.com  

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