Now Hear Ensemble: Not for the Ears Alone

This is an Archive of a Past Event

The Now Hear Ensemble will present the first installment of the "Not for the Ears Alone" series, featuring music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. "Not for the Ears Alone" is a quote from Björn Heile, who used it to describe the music of Mauricio Kagel during the 1960s. The Ensemble finds a connection between those works by Kagel — usually referred to as “instrumental theater" — and the spirit of the works included in this series. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, the Ensemble will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars.


  • Constantin Basica: Championship
  • Matthew Shlomowitz: Letter Piece No. 8
  • Jacob TV: Grab it!
  • Natacha Diels: second nightmare for KIKU
  • Federico Llach & Gaby Goldberg: This Time Around
  • Mayke Nas: I Delayed People's Flights by Walking Slowly in Narrow Hallways

Basica presents us with a futurist tale showcasing an eSport music competition. Shlomowitz and Diels combine gestures and sounds in their sampler-inspired works. Llach and Goldberg depict life cycles by exploring contrasts in audio and visuals. Jacob TV and Nas delve into the connection between language and music by manipulating voice samples from life-sentenced prisoners and unveiling confessions that cool-headedly dissect and expose human morality.