Bikes and Harmonicas
– Daniil Pilchen

bikes and harmonicas is a piece that explores the deviations of breathing that occur while people cycle on uneven terrain. The different efforts needed to cross different segments of cyclers’ route result in alterations of the breathing cycle that gets sonified with harmonicas. I’m interested in how locations and differences in performers’ physique affect the sonic outcome of the work.

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Daniil Pilchen ( born 16 May 1995) is a composer, performer, and improvising musician based in The Hague. He graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2018 and obtained a Master’s degree at Royal Conservatoire The Hague in 2020.

He was a student at International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City (in 2017 and 2019), Course International Master Classes for New Music in Kyiv (2015), participant of the Open Space composers’ lab with musicians of the Russia ensemble of folk instruments (2016, Moscow) and others. He collaborated with dancers and performers from Dina Khuseyn’s SoTa contemporary dance project.

He took part in such festivals as Translation difficulties (2014, Moscow), Contrasts (2015, Lviv), Spring Festival (2019, The Hague), symposium Transformations of the Audible (2019, The Hague).