FRIDAY / 12.08, 19.00 – 19.30 / Johnny Chang & Mike Majkowski – “Illogical Harmonies” / Multimedia hall


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Mike Majkowski & Johnny Chang

12 August / FRIDAY / 19.00–19.30 / Sala multimedialna Laboratorium Kultury, ul.Różana 2

Johnny Chang (violin) & Mike Majkowski (double bass) – “lllogical Harmonies”

Johnny and Mike are two musicians based in Berlin. They formed ‘illogical harmonies’ in 2014. With a focus on collective listening, the music of this duo highlights string resonance and follows deceptively simple structures. Their debut album ‘Volume’ is set to be released in June 2016 by Another Timbre.

Johnny and Mike are both members of Berlin-based collective ‘Konzert Minimal’ – interpreting and performing music centred around the organisation of sound and silence, as well as extending beyond the conventional confinements of traditional instrumental hierarchy.


Johnny Chang  Engages in extended explorations surrounding the relationships of sound/listening and the in-between areas of improvisation, composition and performance.

Johnny is part of the Wandelweiser composers collective. He currently collaborates with: Peter Ablinger, Antoine Beuger, d’Incise, Claudia Garbe, Catherine Lamb, Hannes Lingens, Radu Malfatti, Mike Majkowski, Chris Newman, Koen Nutters, Morten J Olsen, Michael Pisaro, Derek Shirley, Rishin Singh, Taku Sugimoto, Takako Suzuki, Stefan Thut, Manfred Werder.

As composer and performer, his articulated performances have been featured in: Moment Musicaux (Aarau), Sonic Acts Festival / DNK (Amsterdam), Q-O2 workspace (Brussels), reiheM (Cologne), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Wandelweiser Klangraum (Düsseldorf), cave12 (Geneva), Stark Bewölkt (Hamburg), Cafe OTO (London), The Wulf (Los Angeles), Cruce Arte y Pensamieto/Whisper Session (Madrid), Klang im Turm (Munich), Umlaut Festival (Berlin&Paris), Dotolim (Seoul), Ftarri (Tokyo), rhiz / Reheat Festival (Vienna) to various experimental music series/venues in Berlin such as ausland, Dzialdov, Errant Bodies, KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Labor Sonor, Quiet Cue, MaerzMusik, N.K., Studio 8, Sophiensaele, Uferstudios, WestGermany.

Since November 2010, Johnny Chang and Koen Nutters initiated and co-curated Konzert Minimal which presents performances and events centered around the music of the Wandelweiser group.

Mike Majkowski – Holds an active interest in extending and refining possibilities of sound production for the double bass. His work primarily focuses on repetitive structures and their mutations, relationships between stillness and pulse, as well as the spectral qualities of double bass resonance.

Active across a wide spectrum of contemporary music encompassing improvisation and composition, he has been involved in a diverse array of projects since 2001. Aside from Illogical Harmonies, Mike performs as a soloist, as well as with Lotto (with Lukasz Rychlicki and Pawel Szpura), Hailu Mergia’s Trio (with Tony Buck), Blip (with Jim Denley), Roil (with Chris Abrahams and James Waples), The Splitter Orchester, and recently in a new project performing a piece for microtonal double bass and microtonal bass flute with Rebecca Lane (composed by Catherine Lamb).

He has performed at places such as: The World Minimal Music Festival (NL), Audio Art Festival (PL), Festival Densités (FR), Doek Festival (NL), Festival Alternativni Tvorby (CZ), CopenhagenImprov (DK), Op Med Jazz (DK), All Ears (NO), OFF Festival (PL), The NOW now (AU), SoundOut (AU) The Christchurch Festival for the Arts (NZ), Sant’anna Arresi Jazz Festival (IT), Ulrichsberg Jazz Festival (AT), Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy (AT), Ring Ring Festival (RS), Fonomo Music & Film Festival (PL), Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen (AU), Villette Sonique (FR), Tura New Muisc (AU), Fragment (FR), Instants Chavirés (FR), Labor Sonor (DE), Cafe Oto (UK), Worm (NL), DNK (NL), and Kraak (BE).

 JOHNNY CHANG & MIKE MAJKOWSKI “ILLOGICAL HARMONIES” Sanatorium Dźwięku 2016 fot. Tomek Ogrodowczyk
Sanatorium Dźwięku 2016 fot. Tomek Ogrodowczyk
 JOHNNY CHANG & MIKE MAJKOWSKI “ILLOGICAL HARMONIES” Sanatorium Dźwięku 2016 fot. Tomek Ogrodowczyk
Sanatorium Dźwięku 2016 fot. Tomek Ogrodowczyk