Tanya Ury & Kasander Nilist 2011 – 2013
From 2011 on, Tanya Ury started recording 12 of the more traditional poems to be found in her poetry series in a working partnership with Kasander Nilist (double bass, sound and mix).
These toned poems are:
Artemis 2:05 minutes (from oral call 20, poem 2011, music & sound mix 2012)
cells 40 seconds (from cross word 06, poem, sounds & sound mix 2012)
cicada 35 seconds (from oral call 04, poem, sounds & sound mix 2011)
duel 41 seconds (from half dimensional poems 15, poem, music & sound mix 2011)
Ovid 1:28 minutes (from oral call 11) (poem, music & sound mix 2011)
Annika 32 seconds (from cross word 12, poem, sounds & sound mix 2012)
green gloves 20 seconds (from cross word 05, poem, music & sound mix 2012)
Lolita 1:16 minutes (from weisser neger (white nigger) 17, poem, sounds & sound mix 2012)
Ondine 42 seconds (from cross word 04, poem, music & sound mix 2012)
born this way 8 seconds (from cross word 03, poem & sound mix 2012)
Frost 10 seconds (from half dimensional poems 26, poem, music & sound mix 2012)
Recipe for Love ca. 1.46 minutes (poem 1995, music & sound mix 2012)
you kali ca. 21 seconds (from oral call 24, poem & sound mix 2012)
stalling (Improvisation 2012)
Saline Solution (from two toned 22, music & sound mix 2013)
Ury has been writing poems daily on Post-it notepaper with a ballpoint pen continuously, since late 2009. These scraps, in English, sometimes in German, are often merely lists of words related by sound or association; sometimes these are perceived in a dream, or part of a conversation is caught on a train. The lists are collected, transferred to the laptop and written with a visual composition in mind for future presentation.
“The book writes itself, and if by chance the person opposite should ask you what you are writing, you have nothing to say since you don’t know.”
P. 100, “Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing”, Hélène Cixous, 1993, Columbia University Press /New York, ISBN 0−231−07659−2
Occasionally lines with specific import are developed beyond quip, into poems, which are longer. It is these that have inspired Kasander Nilist to develop a partly contrasting, partially encompassing soundtrack.
The sounds range from bronze singing bowls, the whipping sound of a duelling sword and sound collage, to the double base being bowed and plucked; the subject matter is wide:
Artemis, poetry about Artemis Ephesus, the goddess of the hunt.
cells, thoughts on poverty and exploitation.
cicada, a poem about the song of the cicada.
duel, a duel as a race against time.
Ovid, an ode about Ovid’s Ode, Ovid and his mistress.
Annika, a woman who possibly speaks a lot of rubbish.
green gloves, about the duel over a woman.
Lolita, about child abuse.
Ondine, a few lines about thirsty Ondine.
born this way, thoughts on sexual inclination – nature or culture?
Frost, a poem about not choosing the easier path.
Recipe for Love, word foreplay oriented around oral and aural desire.
you kali, is a salute to Kurt Weill
stalling, a nonsense poem
Saline Solution, a poem about self-destruction
two timing waltz in three
Born in 1971, Kasander Nilist has been playing double bass since he was young. In 1996 he intensified his musical engagement with the establishment of the band “Edelobst“. There followed several bands and band projects with chansons characterised by punk and acoustic underground elements — a crossover between the rough and ready rock of “Hack Mack Jackson“, the maverick jazz of “Kasachstan Express“, the free jazz aesthetic of “Anakoluth Ersatz“ and “Bonobo Bastards“. Parallel to that were additional jazz activities with “String Time Trio“ amongst others, as with German chanson performances. Apart from that the work together with the musician Matti Rouse has resulted in a singer-songwriting coöperation. Nilist has furthermore created the “toned poems” together with the Cologne artist Tanya Ury. Alongside regular attendances in the Düsseldorf session scene, there have also been other conceived cultural works:
— Involvement (as a double bass player) in improvised theatre pieces.
— Co-founder of the open mic series “Kasander’s moth box”.
— Collaboration as an actor in the production “Paradise and the Peri” at the Schumann Festival, Düsseldorf, 2004.
Ury has also created other artworks that might be considered visual poetry. Moving Message 1992, incorporates an LED sign displaying the words: you are why; Sonata in Sea 1999 – 2000 is a photo series combined with poetry and wrestlewithyourangel 2001, is a neon sign produced together with the neon sign neonazi 2001; the title of a double photo portrait lesser is me more or less 2003 plays on the name of the German Post-Impressionist Lesser Ury, as does the title of a further double portrait or else 2007, which refers to the German writer Else Ury. The title of a third photo-portrait Beelzebularin 2005 (in the Promised Land series) reveals itself to be an anagram of the biblical Bezalel Ben Uri. half dimensional — semi detached 2010, combines the first of the half dimensional poems with the photograph semi detached.
concrete – a collection of works (including poetry series)
- femininity – femininiation 2011
- Moving Message 1992
- Word-fore-play – Recipe for Love 1995
- Sonata in Sea 1999 – 2000
- wish 2000
- wrestlewithyourangel 2001
- neonazi 2001
- Poker Poems 2003
- elle la poésie 2003
- lesser is me more or less 2003
- Promised Land – a collection of works 2005
- Mid Summer 2005
- Un 2006
- or else 2007
- half dimensional poems 2009 – 2011
- half dimensional – semi detached 2010
- cement 2011
- on a mat appear 2011 -
- Lost Poems 2011
- weißer neger (white nigger) 2011
- informed 1.3.2011
- concrete party 2011
- oral call 2011
- cross word 2011 – 2012
- toned poems 2011 – 2012
- two toned 2012
- pommes 2012
- taste of space 2012 – 2013
- leeres archiv (empty archive) 2013
- archive burn out 2011 – 2014
- hero of your own saga 2013 – 2014
- magical reality 2014 – 2015
2012 (11.6) Tanya Ury is the featured artist with new works in the June edition online of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, University of Alberta, Canada, with Videos: Intimacy, cement & dark room; a series of 17 concrete poems, the photograph Alibijude, Selection from the Who’s Boss series, and 8 photos from Soul Brothers & Sisters, also 3 photos of Occupy in Strasbourg, from the Fading into the Foreground series; furthermore 5 toned poems (sounds, music and sound mix Kasander Nilist) and a peer review interview (text and Skype video) with Claude Desmarais, (CA)
2012 (13.7) SONGS WITH WORDS, a concert, with toned poems by Tanya Ury (poems in English and German) and Kasander Nilist (double bass and sound mix), 2012, and Improvisation – free improvised music: Kasander Nilist (double bass), Hans Salz (percussion), Peter Alexius Worringer (electric guitar), Featuring Tanya Ury (on a mat appear – lautquälerei, improvised poetry mostly in English with German), 7.30 pm, Kunstraum St. Michael, Brüsseler Platz, Cologne (D)
2013 (11.7. – 7.9) “Righting the Image” — The Literature Collection in Cologne (LiK) and the Cologne City Library, present an exhibition of Tanya Ury’s work, including a CD of the 11 toned poems with Kasander Nilist (double bass and sound mix.