Sonic Acts Festival: The Maryanne Amacher Archive
24 Feb - 26 Feb 2017

Teijin Auditorium and Lower Level Galleries
Museumcard €3 / students € 9 / regular €18


Maryanne Amacher. Foto Peggy Weil
Maryanne Amacher. Foto Peggy Weil








Fri Feb 24         7.15 – 8.15, 9.30 – 10.30pm
Sat Feb 25       4 – 5 pm
Sun Feb 26       4 – 5 pm

Sonic Acts and Stedelijk have commissioned SUPREME CONNECTIONS to create a new interpretive, episodic iteration of Maryanne Amacher's Mini Sound SeriesFour episodes of Mini Sound Series will occur throughout the festival, the first two taking place on Friday, accompanied by a conversation by Amy Cimini and Keiko Prince. Two more episodes will be presented on Saturday and Sunday at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam starting at 4 pm. 

Click here to download the schedule for the festival. 

Amacher (1938–2009) – whose work was featured by Sonic Acts several times – was a pioneering American composer known for impressive architecturally staged sound works and groundbreaking research-based acoustic art designed to awaken our psycho-acoustic responses to sound. As Amacher's ideas about music, sound, and listening were far ahead of her time, her legacy remains enormously inspiring. Described by Amacher as an evolving sound work 'to be continued', The Mini Sound Series is conceived as an alternative to both installation and concert formats. In addition, Dutch artists Gijs Gieskes, Geert-Jan Hobijn and Radboud Mens will present their new formation Ohm, with fresh self built electro-acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments. Composer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe will perform solo and with the Arditti Quartet. The world's first microtonal tuba ensemble Microtub (Robin Hayward, Peder Simonsen and Martin Taxt) will be digging deeper into the sphere of just intonation, and Cilantro, the duo of Angélica Castelló and Billy Roisz present a post-noise world full of enigmas. 


In 2012 a group of Maryanne Amacher's collaborators joined forces to collectively engage with the questions of the posthumous life of their friend's work. Under the name SUPREME CONNECTIONS (the top secret lab featured in Amacher's unrealised treatment,Intelligent Life), the loose formation developed an approach to the radical artist's approach in keeping with its complex conception of "the work." Recreating Amacher's working methodology instead of incongruously faithful reenactments, SUPREME CONNECTIONS created a series of large-scale "hearing as if" installations at the Funkhaus (Berlin), Tate Modern, and in the Bienal de São Paulo. For Sonic Acts, SUPREME CONNECTIONS is: Amy Cimini, Bill Dietz, Kabir Carter, Keiko Prince, Sergei Tcherepnin, Stefan Tcherepnin and Woody Sullender.