SPOOKY IMPROVISATION : CONCERT DE MIDI AVEC INECC ET UNITED INSTRUMENTS OF LUCILIN
, 2020 / 60 min / without words / Concert
With: Sascha Ley (voice), United Instruments of Lucilin (Guy Frisch – percussion instruments, Frin Wolter – accordion, André Pons-Valdès – violin), Institut Européen de Chant Choral (INECC) Luxembourg
Organisation: Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO)
In partnership with: Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg
Price: Free admission, subject to availability
Venue: Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg
On this Friday, the 13th, Sascha Ley and United Instruments of Lucilin (Guy Frisch, Frin Wolter und André Pons-Valdès), will bring some of the earliest silent scary movies to life thanks to their musical improvisation. Part of Luxembourg City Tourist Office’s free midday concert series, this special edition of the event will bring together musical talent and ghostly pioneering film footage from the early 20th century, including Segundo de Chomón’s The House of Ghosts (1907), Buster Keaton’s and Edward F. Cline’s The Haunted House (1921) and Scott Pembroke’s and Joe Rock’s Dr. Pryckle and Mr. Pryde (1925). Prepare yourselves for a spooky lunch break with guaranteed goose bumps at the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg!
Twice a month, the Luxembourg City Tourist Office offers free concerts in different locations in the city centre on two Fridays from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. The boundaries of the traditional classical repertoire are crossed in a playful way with a wide range of exotic and lively sounds, promising enriching encounters in the realm of chamber music. These musical lunch breaks have become an interesting alternative to a desk-based sandwich, opening up opportunities for people who are time-strapped to enjoy music outside of traditional evening timeslots.
Singing – a wonderful musical pastime! But singing together is even better. Even though singing comes natural to people, it still needs a minimum of supervision, training and organisation. This is where INECC – Institut européen de chant choral comes in: all singers, no matter their age, musical training or repertoire should have access to all forms of chant, be able develop their voices and show them off in public.
The contemporary music ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin was founded in 1999 by a group of passionate Luxembourgish musicians. Dedicated exclusively to the promotion, creation and commissioning of works of the 20th and 21st century (more than 600 works since 1999), United Instruments of Lucilin is recognised for its outstanding propositions in Luxembourg and around the world, encouraging the listeners to connect with music and its context. With about 40 concerts a year, the musicians aim to reach the audience not only through acoustic sensations, but also in an intellectual, spiritual and visual way: traditional concerts alternate with music theatre, light dramaturgy, scenic performance of compositions, projects for children and live discussions with composers. United Instruments of Lucilin gets new music out of its corner and multiplies spectacularly actions, which are appreciated by an enthusiastic and constantly growing audience.
As a versatile stage performer, Sascha Ley occupies a solid place in the Luxembourg art and cultural scene for years. The actress, singer, composer and poet likes to follow unconventional paths – musically particularly oriented towards Jazz, Free Improvisation, imaginary folklore and contemporary music. She has been trained in Amsterdam, Mumbai, Luxembourg and Saarbrücken with Reinette van Zytveld (NL), Kenny Semour (LU/US) and Dhanashree Pandit-Rai (IN). Since 2007 she has produced and published four albums with mostly own compositions under her label yela music. The latest release The Wee Hours by her duo with French double bass player Laurent Payfert features an experimental mixture of contemporary jazz and instant composition. A part from guest singer appearances, Sascha Ley collaborates with fellow musicians (United Instruments of Lucilin, The Grund Club, Laurent Payfert Quartet...). Sascha Ley has recently been focussing on her solo program, commissioned by the Belgian Gaume Jazz Festival 2018. She occasionally teaches workshops in free vocal improvisation. For her artistic output, she has been honoured several times with awards and was made a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.