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Thu 14 Feb 2008, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Wine Cellar, 183 Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland

Listed by: drew

Vitamin S Presents s.i.c 2008

Thursday, 14 February 2008 8pm

Mathieu Werchowski - SOLO


Jim Gardener, John Bell, Johnny Chang,
Kingsley Melhuish, Chris O'Connor

- Artist profiles -

Mathieu Werchowski

S.I.C is proud to present French nomad musician, violinist, improviser, sound artist, teacher, project and event organiser Mathieu Werchowski.
Werchowski has played solo all over the world and has been a member of many different bands (duet with D. Chiesa; trio with J. Russell and U. Voelker; trio with J. Noetinger and L. Marchetti; quartet with B. Denzler, X. Charles and J.S Mariage, Archipel, Nodal...)

Sound artist for living shows:
* with Cirque Ici - Johan Le Guillerm since 2003 (circus company)
* with Le club des 5 in 2006 (dance company)
* with Le Cube in 2000-2001 (multimedia band)
* with Ici Meme - Grenoble from '94 to '99 (street performance)

Sound teacher:
* art school of Grenoble from '98 to 2003
* clinic La Borde in 2000-2001
* workshops and sound projects organiser:
Tallin, Estonia in June 2003 (project Occupation at Kalinin).
Lisbon, Portugal in October 2002 (project Occupation at Tercenas do Marques)
In Trinle Diapleu, Ivory Coast in 2001-2002 (project Kwa Kwi).

Musical events organiser
* the '102' (alternative place) in Grenoble from '96 to 2003
*sound performances on electronic devices with A.J Rollet from 98 to 2003.


John Bell: percussives, fricatives and callisthenics
Johnny Chang: violin, viola and inscrutables
James Gardner: laptop, benign despotism and miscellaneous
Kingsley Melhuish: brass, conches and teen appeal
Chris O'Connor: vibrating objects and assorted phenomena

To paraphrase Frank Zappa: "We don't know what we're gonna play and you don't know what we're gonna play either. And that makes us equal, so c'mon; let's have an adventure..."


Vitamin s will launch its new programme for 2008 by having a festival of local and international artists for two weeks from the 14th to the 24th of February.

This will be an extremely ecclectic and adventurous two weeks of improvised music, sound, movement, and all other manners of performance.

The whole festival will be run from the Wine Cellar backroom, St Kevin's Arcade, K Road, Auckland City.

This is a chance for anybody interested in improvisation to come down to the wine cellar and check out what goes on.

It is also a chance for members of the pool to collaborate with visiting artists and perform conceptual works over the festival period. There will also be FREE workshops hosted by a selection of experienced local and international performers. This is a great opportunity to engage with other practitioners in a relaxed but constructive and creative environment. The workshops also provide an insight into the process of improvisation that is used by these artists. The workshops are a mixture of playing, presentation, and discussion.

This format varies from host to host, but anybody interested in improvisation, either as a performer or as an audience/ appreciater, are more than welcome to attend.

Check out the festival program for more information, times, and dates.

So come down, bring your friends and immerse yourself to experiences and performances that are unlikely to be repeated.

Each performance will be five dollars, or, you can get a festival pass for $30 that will entitle you entry to all performances and workshops. These will be available from the door at the wine cellar on any performance.

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