Biliana Voutchkova (Bulgaria/Berlin) - violin, voice
Michael Thieke (Berlin) - clarinet
The music of the Voutchkova/Thieke duo focuses on micro tonality, imagery and intensely dynamic, but often slowly moving soundscapes - chiseled beauty and expressive communication fully formed. Violinist Biliana Voutchkova and clarinetist Michael Thieke have worked together intensively within (and in between) both compositional and improvisational methods since 2011. Their ongoing investigation of these processes has led them to their current project, “Blurred Music”.
The granulation of sound into exquisite detail was once the field of the electronic music composer. But, a new type of instrumental virtuosity has been mastered by artists such as Voutchkova and Thieke. Emerging from experimental and improvisational practices, it’s a virtuosity that puts a lens on the particles of sound within sounds. And through deconstruction of (traditionally conceived) instrumental tone, these granulated particles of sound became the material of a whole new world of music being created on the same old instruments. After all, instruments are just tools. Musical shifts occur from how we listen to sounds, what we perceive in them, as well as how our listening affects our relationship with the world.
Much of music’s movement toward micro-elements manifested through compositional processes, into forms of chiseled and austere beauty. But an increased expressivity has entered experimental music through the immediacy, intimacy and interactivity of improvisation. As a result of their close collaboration, Voutchkova and Thieke have developed a strong interest in exploring the granulated particles that increase the sensitivity of perception for themselves and their audiences. They deliver the findings of these explorations with intensity and feeling.