23 February 2015 // Manchester

Artist manifesti were first written and performed in the early 20th century. Vocalist Loré Lixenberg, laptop artist Federico Reuben and Aleks Kolkowski on wax cylinders and horns bring the texts alive musically, highlighting their ground-breaking and often astonishing nature. Initially playful, provocative and radical reactions to the art establishment of the time, manifesti in later years often featured anti-war propaganda. All manifesti and works featured in MANIFESTO have had a profound influence on music as well as art and can be seen as the early foundations of the performance art and sound art forms we are familiar with today.

The texts range from Marinetti’s Futurism Manifesto (1909) to George Maciunas’ Fluxus Manifesto (1963). A pop-up exhibition of rarely seen and exciting artifacts including original manifesto tracts and scores, sound poems and photographs as well as artworks by the manifesto authors is shown alongside the performance. The exhibition is curated by internationally acclaimed curator and composer Frederic Acquaviva and designed to be discovered before, during and after the performance. Following on from the project’s first outing at King’s Place in March 2013, we are aiming to tour MANIFESTO to higher education institutions with public-facing performance and/or art programmes, from November 2013.

MANIFESTO is an essential experience for any student studying the 20th century avant-garde and its effect on culture, music, art and politics.

Loré Lixenberg (b. 1969, UK) is an internationally established mezzo soprano and director. She has performed widely in opera, concert repertoire and music-theatre, and works with many leading composers. Appearances at international festivals include Salzburg, Lucerne, Donaueschingen, Aldeburgh, Witten, Edinburgh and Huddersfield, as well as the Wien Modern and Oslo’s Ultima festivals. She has performed with orchestras and ensembles including the Halle, BBC SO, Tokyo PO, Danish National SO, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, and Klangforum Wien. Lixenberg worked on the development of and played the roles of Peaches and Baby Jane in Jerry Springer the Opera (Battersea, Edinburgh, NT, West End) and performed the role of Cousin Shelley in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House. She directed the British première of Mauricio Kagel’s Staatstheater and in Copenhagen she directed ensemble SCENATET in Georges Aperghis’ Little Red Riding Hood.

Frédéric Acquaviva (b. 1967, France) is a sound artist and experimental music composer, creating chronopolyphonic installations and recordings and performing in art galleries, museums (Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, La Fenice in Venezia) and underground venues. Outside of the traditional networks of musicians and composers, he has collaborated with visual and video artists, choreographers and poets, including artists Isidore Isou and Otto Muehl, painter Maurice Lemaître, and film maker F.J. Ossang. Acquaviva has been instrumental in the rediscovery of certain aspects of the historical avant-garde, in particular of Lettrism (Isidore Isou, Gabriel Pomerand) and Sound Poetry (Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck). His interest in different disciplines is reflected in his work – book publishing, curating art exhibitions, creating sound art, being an art critic, filmmaker, collections director and lecturer.


Aleksander Kolkowski (b. 1959, London) as an improvising violinist and composer, has appeared at major festivals worldwide and on numerous record labels. Over the past ten years he has explored the potential of historical sound recording and reproduction technology, combining horned violins, gramophones and wax cylinder phonographs, to make contemporary mechanical-acoustic music. This work has been shown across Europe and broadcast by the BBC,WDR and others. In 2002, whilst resident in Berlin, he founded Recording Angels, a project that examines our relationship to recorded sound using phonographs and acetate record cutters in performances and installations. Large-scale works have been commissioned by MaerzMusik – Berlin, the PRSF and BFI South Bank. Recent activities include a disc-recording booth for transforming discarded CDs into 45rpm records, multiple-horn sound installation work and AHRC-funded research into early forms of instrument amplification at Brunel University. Aleks is currently compiling an audio archive of contemporary artists and musicians exclusively on wax cylinders.


Federico Reuben (b. 1978, Costa Rica) is a composer, sonic artist and live electronics performer based in Falmouth. He recently completed a PhD in Music Composition at Brunel University, London, supervised by Richard Barrett and Christopher Fox. He also holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in composition from The Royal Conservatoire, The Netherlands where he studied with Louis Andriessen, Richard Ayres, Gilius van Bergeijk and Martijn Padding. In addition, he received courses and workshops tutored by composers including Steve Reich, Jonathan Harvey, Clarence Barlow, Marco Stroppa and Michael Jarrell. He also attended a one-year intensive course in Music Technology at The Institute of Sonology, The Netherlands. Federico has written music for a wide variety of chamber and vocal ensembles, as well as for orchestra, chamber orchestra and one opera. He is also an active and dedicated live-electronics performer and sonic-artist. His music has been performed and broadcast across Europe and the Americas.


Third Ear’s partners are Julia Haferkorn and Ed McKeon, who have extensive experience in promoting, producing, touring, commissioning and representing new music across the UK and in Europe. The company’s aim is to explore new directions in performance and collaborative projects and to develop new ways of presenting, programming and producing multi-disciplinary events. Third Ear produces music and mixed media events and tours of the highest quality. Guidance and support to other music professionals is provided on a consultancy basis. The company brings together new music professionals in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world by setting up collaborations and by providing a platform for discussion through regularly hosted conferences.

Event dates

25 October // Performance Centre, Falmouth University
7:30pm, tickets available here

7 November // Jacqueline du Pre Building, Oxford University
8pm, £20/£15/£5 tickets available here

23 February 2015 // Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Details to follow

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