miguelángel clerc parada: what about woof?
Miguelángel Clerc Parada - "What about Woof?" for five percussionists on five tables performed by Teodora Stepancic, Elyssa Shalla, Juan Martinez, Jose Garcia, and Frank Wienk.
The piece refers to the performance group Woof founded in The Hague by South African composer Pierre-Henri Wicomb and Miguelángel Clerc in 2004. The first piece composed by Woof, Table Music, was an improvisation with objects on a table. The group later began to work on more structured performances resembling mechanical processes. "What about Woof?" is a composition linking the early and later procedures of the group. The work has a mechanical behaviour with improvisational inserts that constantly trigger further mechanical behaviours. The structure of the composition continually represses these inserts until a final release of improvisational tension.
Miguelángel Clerc Parada was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1979. He studied classical guitar and composition at the Catholic University of Chile before coming to The Netherlands, where he studied under Martijn Padding, Gilius van Bergeijk, Cornelis de Bondt and Yannis Kyriakides at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Den Haag), obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition in May 2006 and a Master's Degree in May 2008. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in artistic research at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent and Leiden University. Clerc has composed music for the Nieuw Ensemble (Holland), Ensemble Klang (Holland), CIMA (Chile), Schlagquartett Köln (Germany), and mmmmm (UK), among others. He is one of the founders of Woof, a "sound performance" group that has been performing since 2004 in Holland, and is also founder of SZ, a collective for new music.