The Styrian Improvisers Orchestra feat. Khrystyna Kirik

Grafik Konzert STIO feat. Khrystyna Kirik
Stockwerk, Graz/AT
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Die ukrainische Musikerin Khrystyna Kirik nimmt im Juni und Juli 2023 am Styria-Artist-in-Residence Programm des Landes Steiermark teil. Die Styrian Association for New and Improvised Music (vormals V:NM) wird die Künstlerin in diesem Zeitraum kuratieren. Khrystyna Kirik war schon beim Kulturaustausch Ukraine meets Styria in Graz im September 2022, beim heurigen STIO Festival vom 15. bis 17. Mai 2023 und  beim STIO Konzert im Rahmen der Austrian Composer Week am 22. Juni 2023 im Mumuth/KUG als Gastdirigentin und Musikerin in Graz. Am 3. Juli 2023 steht nun Khrystyna Kirik im Stockwerk als Dirigentin und Bassistin im Mittelpunkt des Abends.


Khrystyna Kirik zur ihrer Styria-Artist-in-Residence:

"The main task of this residency is the development of playing methods for creating improvisational compositions for the orchestra. I would like to develop new ideas in collaboration with STIO musicians to be performed together during my residency. In my concepts, I will use the principles of active listening, imaginative thinking, cluster sounding, use of space, different states, mirroring, work with chaos and structure. This residency should become an important cultural and musical exchange between Styrian and Ukrainian improvisers, continuing this year's cooperation with STIO Festival."


Plakat STIO Concert 03.07.2023


Khrystyna Kirik


Pressefoto Khrystyna


Khrystyna Kirik is a sound artist and double bass player working in experimental and improvised music. She graduated the Glier Institute of Music in Kyiv as jazz double bass player. She is a co-founder of musical project KK4TET that played contemporary post-bop and free-jazz ensemble FREEBUTTREE. Since recent years, Khrystyna has been actively engaged in electronic music under the pseudonym yyaii. She produce electro-acoustic music experimenting with double bass and electronics as a solo artist and as a part of audio-visual performative project called {л`і́н`ійі}. Also she is an active participant in the musical-theatrical project called Mariia & Magdalyna. Also she is curator of the music performative lab, launched on the base of the Dakh Acting School in Kyiv, where she is doing experiments with music and performance.

As a musician she broadcasts everything it feels through music. It is a chaotic deep, rhythmically arrhythmic sound in which both pain and search are felt. As a curator she works with different groups of musician by setting some verbal conceptions or games by which a group could interact and play freely and expressively. She explores the disintegration and reassembly of the musical canvas through chaos and constant variable structures. She explains how to interact and create without sheet notes and uses abstract concepts and states as a starting unifying point.

Artistic statement:

"Improvisational music best reflects the modern world with its instability and huge information chaos, which changes very quickly and absorbs everyone and everything around. It is improvisation that is able to reflect and respond to this modern challenge."


The Styrian Improvisers Orchestra

Kerstin Türtscher (vocals), Claudia Cervenca (vocals), Yvonne Hofmeister (vocals), Georg Wissa (vocals), Annette Giesriegl (vocals), Oskar Mörth (vocals), Stylianos Tsiloglou (trumpet), Alfred Lang (trumpet), Felix Martl (clarinet), Christoph Wundrak (trumpet, euphonium), Dominik Kreuzer (trumpet), Hana Kuncic (violin), Alvarro Vallejo Larre (violin), Armin Pokorn (e-guitar), Harald Hofmeister (e-guitar), Robert Lepenik (e-guitar), Michi Laab (e-guitar), Nick Acorn (piano), Stefan Heckel (accordion), Tin Dsaferovic (double bass), Khrystina Kirik (double bass), Richie Herbst (electronics), Denovaire (electronics), Josef Klammer (drums, electronics), Keyvan Paydar (drums)