Tête-à-tête 2022

sound art
sound manipulation
sound imagination

Tonči Bakotin


The term tête-à-tête comes from the French language, is now internationalized and has several meanings such as secret meeting, face-to-face conversation, private conversation, confidential conversation, but also as a synonym for intimate atmosphere, tea accessories for two people and as a bench or sofa for two.

Studio Sensoria is utilizing this concept for sound art purposes choosing a pairs of artists that previously never met and probably hardly heard for each other.
It was first conceived by Ruzina Frankulin and Janez Križaj (who later faded into virtual realms).

Envisioned as a coproduction between Croatia and Slovenia, pairs are going to be mixed.
In October 2022 we hosted second pair, at the preproduction phase was known only as Tête 3 and Tête 4 and they knew absolutely nothing about each other than they would meet somebody to do something with sound.

Just 30min before the session start they finally met.
Urška Preis and Gordan Tudor.

Urška Preis (1992) is a visual and sound artist, born in Ljubljana. She graduated from Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana with harp as her main instrument. She finished her MA studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana and also studied at the academies in Listaháskóli Íslands, Reykjavík and Leipzig and completed internships at Aitor Throup studio in London and Atelier Hotel Pro Forma in Copenhagen. She is currently working at the music department of Radio Študent, is a one half of the Thieves Klein artistic duo, one half of II/III duo and performs in solo and extended settings under the name rouge-ah.
For her master’s thesis she received the student Prešeren award from UL ALUO. She exhibited at group exhibitions at the Photonic moments festival 2016 (Miserable women, 2016), in the TIR gallery and Stolp Škrlovec (Veter, 2016) in Cirkulacija2 (Ptuj, Reykjavik, Kuta, 2017), in MAO (Community kit, 2017), in MSUM+ (Powerplay, one-day solo exhibition, 2017; View of women’s pain, first selection, 2019), in the atrium of the City Hall (Fantastic landscapes, 2018), in the Small Gallery (View of women’s pain, second selection, 2019), Alcatraz Gallery ( View of a woman’s pain, 2021) and in the galleries Gapgap and Handstand und Moral in Leipzig and Kasarna in Fažana, Croatia. In October 2021, she presented herself with the intermedia author project Zazabljati Pavlo Debeljak,
and in March 2022, as part of the Red Dawn festival, she is preparing a solo AV-exhibition, where she explores the relationship between pain, sight and sound. She builds her artistic and creative strategy with a distinct intermedial action, preferably in the interweaving of feminist theories and practices.

· rouge-ah – для даши na Senzorama vol. 1 (ZARŠ, 2021)
· Zhlehtet – Celica (self-publishing, 2020)
· II/III – It could be paradise (AmbientSoup, 2020)
· Zhlehtet – Toyomi (self-publishing, 2020)
· rouge-ah – bare (Kamizdat, 2018)
· rouge-ah – stepbystep na Access Frame: Collectivity (Kamizdat, 2020)
· rouge-ah – niti na Access Frame: Equity (Kamizdat, 2018)

Gordan Tudor (1982), saxophone player and composer, one of his generation’s leading musicians, active as a soloist, chamber musician, composer and pedagogue who has performed all around Europe and North America. As a performer, he regularly collaborates with composers such as Petar Bergamo,
Dubravko Detoni, Pavle Dešpalj, Mirela Ivičević, Matthias Kranebitter, Margareta Ferek Petrić, Frano Đurović, Ana Horvat and as a composer his music was performed on major music festivals around the world (MBZ, MIT Taiwan, BOAC at Mass Moca, Re:Formers Festi-val Moscow, WSC Zagreb, Neu Musik Heilbron, Neukollner Originaltone, Fes-tival Ljubljana, Izlog suvremenog zvuka, Audio Art, Sax Open Strasbourg, Vienna Sax Fest, Szczecinek Summer Festival, Sax Only Antwerpen, Mallorca Sax Festival, Osorske glazbene večeri, Glazbena tribina Opatija, Dubrovačke ljetne igre, MAG Festival, PianoLOOP etc.) Gordan leads an international saxophone class at the University of Split – Arts Academy (UMAS) and until recently he was a guest professor of Saxophone at the Art Academy in Novi Sad (AUNS). He is often asked to give masterclasses and is a frequent member of juries on international saxophone competitions. Tudor is alto saxophone player of highly acclaimed Papandopulo Quartet, soprano saxophone player in Trio GIG and he is a founder and artistic director of ensemble for contemporary music S/UMAS. He studied with eminent professors; Dragan Sremec (Zagreb), Arno Bornkamp (Amsterdam), Claude De-langle (Paris) and Eugene Rousseau (Salzburg). In 2015. Gordan published his first album with new Croatian music for Saxophone, released by CANTUS and won 3 Porin Awards including one for “best interpretation in classical music”. From 2009 until 2017 he was an artistic director of the New Music Days Festival in Split. Gordan spent summer of 2011 in residence at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, MA). He is a multiple award winner on national and international competitions (Diploma Milka Trnina, Grand Prix at 3rd Berlin Music Competition, PBZ Zagreb Philharmonic Award
for best young musician, Rector’s Award, Judita Award, Composition Compettion Mare Nostrum – Berlin, Lions Club Grand Prix, Rudolf and Margita Matz Fond Award etc.).

· Post Nubila Phoebus – Hrvatska Suvremena Glazba Za Saksofon (Cantus 2015)
· S/UMAS: It is What It is – artistic director: Gordan Tudor (Cantus 2021)
· Quartet Papadopulo – Scene (Cantus 2022)

Preis and Tudor had a session in the old court of Frankulin’s, Kaštel Sućurac, Croatia, on 08.10.2022. in studio Sensoria with producer Tonči Bakotin, art director Ruzina Frankulin and videographer Tony Marasović.

Tête-à-tête sessions are supported by Ministry of Culture, City of Kastela, Kultura Nova foundation, Zavod za ENO glasbo (Slovenia) and IKS Festival.

Audio and video recording will be published as soon as possible, sometime in 2023.