Rezaei and Schlomowitz work closely together in the creation of Six Scenes, with a back-and-forth exchange of recordings, emails, and video calls. Schlomowitz sends snippets of orchestral music, and Rezaei improvises on her deck: "Sometimes, turntablists tend to have a very strict idea of how things should sound, but I think that once you start to embrace chance, things get really interesting – dealing with the unknown, that takes some real guts." Initially, the material is a mishmash of illogical and absurd inspirations, but it all comes together when the duo gathers in Newcastle for a three-day working session.
Driven by her keen sense of experimentation, Rezaei's input is significant to the writing process:
With Ilan as the permanent guest conductor for contemporary repertoire and Ictus as a partner in crime, the Brussels Philharmonic is venturing into the laboratory to create special projects. Mariam Rezaei and Matthew Shlomowitz add turntables to the symphonic palette in a brand new work, which will have its Belgian premiere here.
16.11.2023 at Concertgebouw Brugge & 17.11.2023 at De SingelForces in Motion