In 2016 SCENATET initiated a collaboration with the American composer and performer, Jessie Marino, which resulted in the performance of her piece ‘The Whale is a Capital Fish’ in a large-scale concert at SPOR festival 2016 in Aarhus. Now, their collaboration is expanding, and in 2017/18 they have started working on a new comprehensive project.
Together, Jessie Marino and SCENATET will create a 50-minute long concert titled Nice Guys Win Twice – with 10 performers, live electronic audio and video, to be premiered at the internationally renowned music event Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt in July 2018. SCENATET and Marino are planning a series of workshops where they together will develop the piece and its unique sound world, as well as rehearse the stage choreography and expression.
Nice Guys Win Twice is based on the phenomenon of ‘fake news’, and finds its material in popular culture, music history and the everyday events of daily life. But like ‘fake news’, the work only illustrates the topics and facts that cover an already defined political agenda. SCENATET’s musicians will act as newscasters, reporters, fact checkers, and pseudo scientists surveying and testing the validity of the so-called facts – through absurd everyday scenes and rituals.
After the premiere at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, SCENATET will go on an extensive tour, performing at the cutting-edge festivals Transit Festival (BE), Gong Tomorrow (DK), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), and Borealis (NO).