2 November | 20:30-21:30
Verkadefabriek Studio
More information on the November Festival Website.

“The composer as commentator, director, performer and researcher. Various disciplines come together in the work of the Filipino-Dutch composer meLê yamomo. Work that has a powerful current value, in which yamomo responds to personal subjects such as colonialism. meLê yamomo is the fourth winner of the biennial Open Ear composer competition. Previous winners were Gilius van Bergeijk, Anna Korsun and Eliane Radigue. For the third time, November Music and the Trillende Lucht Foundation are organizing an evening around the prize winner.

meLê yamomo’s work is characterized by a focus on time and place and the powerful materiality of sound. yamomo, born in the Philippines, lives in Amsterdam and Berlin and works there as a composer, researcher and theater maker. His book Sounding Modernities: Theater and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific 1869-1946 was published in 2018. Academic research and composition are subtly intertwined in yamomo’s work. Yamomo’s work should be experienced live. In his sound works and performances he refers, among other things, to the meaningful beauty of gamelan music and the power of the spoken word. His performances have already been performed at the Donaueschinger Musiktage and the CTM Festival Berlin.

During this festive concert on the occasion of the Open Oor prize, meLê yamomo presents his performance Eigenschwingungen – Forces of Overtones. This lecture-performance is a collaboration with cellist Eurico Ferreira Mathias. Together they reflect on the relationship between fundamental tones and overtones, European music traditions and decolonial frequencies. They experiment with sounds and open up our perceptual habits to a new diversity of tones.”

The video lecture performance This Doesn’t Sound Right can be seen in the Club Hall of the Verkadefabriek at 7:30 PM. After the performance there will be an after-talk with  meLê yamomo, also in the Club Hall. Both activities are free of charge.

Eigenschwingungen – Forces of Overtones was first performed in November 2021, produced by Ballhaus Naunynstraße. It was part of the Decolonial Frequencies festival, curated in collaboration with meLê yamomo, funded by the State of Berlin, Senate Department for Culture and Europe.”

In collaboration with Stichting Trillende Lucht.


meLê yamomo / Eurico Ferreira Mathias – Eigenschwingungen  – Forces of Overtones

meLê yamomo – performance
Eurico Ferreira Mathias – performance, cello
Nicolas Russi Andretta & Ingo König – video, geluid, licht, stage
Sylvia Erse Keller – productie

Produced by Kultursprünge im Ballhaus Naunynstraße gemeinnützige GmbH. First production funded by the State of Berlin, Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the Decolonial Frequencies festival.

19.30 – 20.00 uur / 20.00 – 20.30 uur / 20.30 – 21.00 uur: video-lezing-performanceThis Doesn’t Sound Right  – Verkadefabriek Clubzaal (gratis)
20.30 – 21.30 uur:  performance Eigenschwingungen  – Forces of Overtones – Verkadefabriek  Studio (met entree)
21.45 – 22.30 uur: after-talk met meLê yamomo door Alison Isadora – Verkadefabriek Clubzaal (gratis)

All three parts will be in English.