Biliana Voutchkova and Olivia Block

Biliana & Olivia
© Biliana Voutchkova

A musical collaboration


UPDATE: Amati Lenta will have its World Premiere on Friday, March 8.

Olivia Block
and Biliana Voutchkova will perform guided improvisational pieces for solo violin and manipulated cassette tape. Tapes will feature solo violin and field recordings prepared by the artists in advance. Biliana will, in a sense, accompany herself from a previous time period, captured on cassette tape. Her performance will be guided by the speed and clarity of the tape as it is altered and manipulated (performed) live by Olivia. Performances will be re-recorded live, then multiplied further by the next performance. The work is constantly developing and building a kind of an archive of itself which is evident each time it is played live. These pieces emphasize themes related to the multiple ways time is experienced through sound and recordings, and how meaning is created and altered through the recording process of sound.

Biliana Voutchkova © Bernd Wendt
Biliana Voutchkova is a thoroughly engaged composer-performer/interpreter whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her, and her own work with real time composition and improvisation, long length formats and performance. Biliana's research as a creative artist spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language. She lives in Berlin, appears at festivals and concert series worldwide as a soloist and in collaboration with numerous ensembles.The release of her solo album Modus of Raw and the recent triplet Blurred Music were received with critical acclaim. 

Olivia Block ©Michael Schmelling
Olivia Block is a media artist and composer. She creates scores for orchestra and chamber groups, studio-based sound art compositions for releases and concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations and sound design for cinema. Her compositions include field recordings, amplified objects, chamber and orchestral instruments, and electronic textures. She performs her pieces for inside piano, pipe organ, amplified objects, shortwave radio, and many other sound-making materials. Block tours internationally and resides in Chicago. Her latest LP release, Dissolution, is currently published on Glistening Examples.

Additional concerts with Biliana Voutchkova:

March 9, 7:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova / Michael Zerang duo 
Arts & Literature Laboratory 
2021 Winnebago St, Madison, WI  

March 10, 7:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova / Michael Zerang duo
Sugar Maple,
442 E. Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 

March 11, 7:30pm
Biliana Voutchkova solo violin/voice
Jakob Wormenbol solo drums
Option Series at ESS, 5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL

March 14, 8:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova solo
Convergences Music Series
Areté Gallery, 67 West St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

March 15, 8:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova/Susan Alcorn duo
Ibeam, 168 7th Street,
Brooklyn, NY

March 16, 8:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova/Susan Alcorn duo
An die Musik,
409 North Charles Street, 2 Floor
Baltimore, MD 

March 17, 8:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova / Susan Alcorn duo
Rhizome, 6950 Maple St NW,
Washington DC

March 19, 9:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova / Al Margolis aka If Bwana, solo and duo 
Experimental Intermedia
224 Centre Street, NY

March 20, 9:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova / Hans Tammen duo
Areté, 67 West Street #103,
Brooklyn, NY




3111 N Western Ave

Price: Please check with venue for admission

Admission $15, Students $10