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OPTION: Biliana Voutchkova and Jakob Warmenbol

  • Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N RAVENSWOOD Chicago (map)
OPTION: Biliana Voutchkova and Jakob Warmenbol
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March 11, 2019

Doors At 7. Music At 7:30pm

Biliana Voutchkova (violin) and Jakob Warmenbol (drums) will each play a solo set of music, and conclude the evening with a short improvised duo piece.

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Biliana Voutchkova (violin) and Jakob Warmenbol (drums) will each play a solo set of music, and conclude the evening with a short improvised duo piece. Biliana Voutchkova is an essential member of the Berlin music scene and Blurred Music was picked as a record of the year 2018 in the reader's poll of Free Jazz Blog.  Jakob Warmenbol has collaborated with a wide range of improvisers, such as Greg Cohen, John Hollenbeck, and Joachim Badenhorst, and is a principal figure on the Belgian scene; this will be his only solo performance during his current residency in Chicago.

Biliana Voutchkova is a thoroughly engaged violinist/composer-performer who combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new music by contemporary composers often written for her, and her own work with performative, long length formats, real time composition and improvisation. Her constant research as a creative artist spans the widest possible range of sound and movement and extends her sonic, technical and physical capacities evolving into the development of a highly individual artistic language. Biliana lives in Berlin and appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. She works as a soloist and collaborates with Voutchkova/Thieke duo, the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United Berlin and Zeitkratzer, among others. Recent/current projects include solo concerts at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klangspuren Schwaz, Vorspiel/Transmediale, GAS, Mózg, Moving Music and Radar Festivals, solo tour in Colombia/Chile, performances with the Berliner Ensemble and She She Pop, appearances at Cafe Oto, Klangwerkstatt, Documenta14, Wien Modern, Experimental Intermedia, Météo Mulhouse, the release of her solo album "Modus of Raw" and the recent triplet “Blurred Music" which were received with critical acclaim worldwide. Biliana has received the Composition Stipend from the Berliner Senate and grands from INM Berlin, Musikfonds and the Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York.

Biliana Voutchkova’s performance is proudly supported by the Goethe Institute.

Jakob Warmenbol (1988) started drumming at the age of 12. Two years later his interest in jazz grew after going to a summerschool in Dworp (Brussels) where he had lessons from Billy Hart & Dré Pallemaerts, among others. In 2006 he started his studies with Dré Pallemaerts at the Lemmensinstituut, Leuven, and participated in various workshops with musicians such as Adam Nussbaum, Mark Turner, Bill Carrothers, Dave Douglas, Eric Thielemans, Marek Patrman, Dave Liebmann,… In 2010 he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Antwerp, where he had lessons with Teun Verbruggen and graduaded in 2011.

At the moment Jakob is part of a few working bands: a trio called ‘Leksak’ with Johan Graden (piano, SE) and Laurens Smet (bass BE), a trio with Jean Dousteyssier (clarinet, FR) and Lennart Heyndels (bass, BE), a trio called ‘Ridiculum’ with Audrey Lauro (sax, FR) and Giotis Diamanidis (guitar, GR), ‘The Unrevealed Society’ (won ‘XL jazz competition’ Brussels and ‘Jong Jazztalent Gent’ 2012) with Léo Dupleix (piano, FR), Gregor Siedl (sax, AT) and Pol Belardi (bass, LU), ‘Zapf’ with Léo Dupleix (keys, FR) and Lucien Fraipont (guitar, BE), …

He had the opportunity to perform and work together with some reknown musicians  such as Greg Cohen (Jazz Middelheim Festival 2012), Jorrit Dijkstra, John Hollenbeck, Joachim Badenhorst, Sanne Van Hek, Guillaume Orti, Antoine Virard, Ben Sluijs, Erwin Vann, Manolo Cabras, Nic Thys, Augusto Pirodda, … and many others in various temporary projects.

Photo credit: photomusix/c.marx (Biliana)

March OPTION concerts are sponsored by Luhring Augustine.

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