16 Mar 2014
8:30 pm
Notre Dame Hall, Żabbar

Freedom – A Contemporary Performance

Date: 16th March Time: 8.30pm (Doors Open 8pm) Location: Notre Dame Hall, Żabbar Ages: 16+ Tickets: www.contemporarymalta.yapsody.com 
For more info: M: 79311999 or contemporarymalta@gmail.com

Concept and coordination: Justin Galea

Artists: Mariele Żammit, Claire Tonna, Joseph Camilleri, Simone Inguanez, Rebecca Camilleri, Matthew Grima Connell, Justin Galea, Warren Galea, Danjeli Schembri

Artists and creatives hailing from very diverse fields will be setting up an inter-disciplinary performance on the 16th of March 2014. Sound, movement and interactive visuals will merge into one semi-devised performance tackling issues surrounding the notion of Freedom.

The performance will consist of a number of Acts each corresponding to one aspect of Freedom. Through the performance’s aesthetics, the artists will attempt to demonstrate what it means to be free by being free, on stage and therefore on a field of experimentation. All participating artists where chosen carefully and hold a common thread of being improvisers and/or willing to experiment with their art. The performance is therefore a sort of interplay between a message that is portrayed through the performance and a supplementary abstraction of that message that will manifest itself via improvisation.

The performance will take place at Notre Dame Hall, Żabbar, a location not usually associated with performances of this nature. A discussion will follow after the performance, as the audience is encouraged to have a chance to comment on the performance or/and to ask questions to artists. Tickets: www.contemporarymalta.yapsody.com

Participating artist bios: 

Claire Tonna. Singer-songwriter Claire Tonna is the artist known for her profound voice and exceptional performances; loved and praised for being a celebration of human emotions. After years of performing, singing and playing all around the World, Tonna’s voice and music has developed its own class and nature. Tonna released her debut studio album ‘THE PORT’ , an innovative acoustic album produced by the legendary Mario Sammut (aka Cygna). “THE PORT” was launched in New Zealand in the beginning of 2013.

Danjeli Schembri. Danjeli‘s adventures in electronic music go a while back. He is very fond of the mixture of sound and technology and is always on the lookout at how to make them work hand in hand. In recent years he’s been part of many bands amongst which Brikkuni and KażinSka while DJing/performing in clubs.

Matthew Grima Connell. Matt Grima Connell (aka il-Mattu) originally wanted to become a missile preflight electronic checkout mechanic… but in 2005 he took up digital arts instead. A self-taught graphic designer, illustrator and animator of the nocturnal kind, Matt freelances into the early hours before he clocks in at his full-time job and looks forward to more sleepless nights with his beloved illustrated characters and moving figures.

Joseph Camilleri. Joseph Camilleri recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree (Hons.) in music from the Contemporary Music College: The Institute, London. During his years of study, he took private lessons and attended master-classes from several distinguished jazz and contemporary drummers. Joseph played in several gigs and recording sessions both in Malta and London.

Mariele Zammit. Mariele Zammit began dancing ballet at the age of 3 with Mary Jane Bellia and at the age 9 won the Millennium scholarship to attend a short summer course at the Royal Academy of Dance, London. In 2010 she participated in “L-Isfida” on Television Malta and won a three-year scholarship to study Musical Theatre at the Millennium Performing Arts, London.   She successfully graduated from MPA and was awarded the Actor’s Cup 2013. Mariele is currently reading for a BA in Professional Practice and forms part of Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre.

Warren Galea. Warren studied Electric Guitar at Johann Strauss School of Music between 2005 and 2010 where he is now a teacher. Locally he has played in a variety of contexts ranging from jazz combos, both with established musicians as well as other up and comers, to musicals and orchestral concerts. Having also enjoyed playing and studying opportunities outside the island, he is very looking forward to participating in this multidisciplinary performance.

Simone Inguanez. Simone Inguanez is a poet, translator and arts strategist. She is the author of Water, Fire, Earth, and I (Tr. Maria Grech Ganado, Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2005) and Ftit Mara Ftit Tifla (Part Woman Part Child, Inizjamed & Midsea Books, 2005); and co-author of 7 poets 4 days 1 book (Texas: Trinity Press, 2009).

Rebecca Camilleri. Rebecca Camilleri is dance artist: improviser, performer and teacher. She is a core member of the rubberbodies collective. She is currently a Visiting Assistant lecturer at the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta and a postgraduate student in Literature and Criticism.

Justin Galea. Justin is a musician and singer with interests that vary from jazz to the contemporary as well as music in the Maltese language. Although his music performances are varied, they all hold a common thread of improvisation. Justin is band-leader and founder of KażinSka and keyboardist with Plato’s Dream Machine (PDM). Besides producing and creating the concept behind the ‘Freedom’ performance, Justin is also currently developing his own solo loop project entitled e.K.e (electric Kukkanja experiment) and is vocalist and percussionist with a newly formed Cuban Jazz Orchestra KomoKuba. He is also artistic director of ‘Lissen Festival – Festival ta’ Mużika bil-Malti.’

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