Movie screening @ blurred edges

In addition to our concert at blurred edges on June 13 (see below), there will be a special movie screening featuring the OEIN, including our guests Tatiana López und Carlos Gutiérrez.

Aus den 84 Tagen/ De los 84 días
directed by Philipp Hartmann
Wednesday, June 12, 19:00
3001 Kino, Schanzenstraße 75, 20357 Hamburg

Tatiana, Carlos, and Philipp will be present and talk about the film, and Tatiana and Carlos will play a short live concert. A perfect introduction for our concert the next day!

Nelly Boyd @ blurred edges 2024

We are playing at blurred edges again. This time we are happy to present Tatiana Vanessa López Churata and Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga from Bolivia. Both are members of the Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos (OEIN) and are also working together as a duo.

They will perform a short set as a duo, we will perform some pieces of our Whirligig series, and then we will perform together as a sextet. We have just finished the process of collectively composing a new Open Whirligig piece for the occasion, which we will premiere, and we will play a piece for open instrumentation, which Carlos will bring.

We are happy to return to the Christianskirche after several years and looking forward to play again in this special acoustic space.

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 20:00
Christianskirche, Klopstockplatz 2, 22765 Hamburg
12,- €/8,- €

Phill Niblock

Phill has passed away.

He was a constant companion and supporter for Nelly Boyd from the beginning (and even before the official formation of our group). Our second concert was at his loft in March 2004, twenty years ago.

Since then Nelly Boyd went through several changes, but Phill was always there, writing a piece for us, inviting us to perform with him (or the other way round), having a drink with us.

And he will always be here.

Phill with Nelly Boyd, New York 2008

Nelly Boyd @ Kunstraum Tosterglope

From September 22 – 24 we are following an invitation from Kunstraum Tosterglope to perform our member Jan Feddersen’s composition giration 4.2 written between 2019 and 2022 for two female singers and four electric guitars played with e-bows.    

We are pleased to perform the piece with our friends Fiona McKenzie and Donghee Nam. Before the concert, Jan will talk with Birgit Maschke about the piece and his work.

The concert will take place on September 23 at 5:00 pm (!) at St. Lamberti Church, Am Kirchplatz 11, 21369 Nahrendorf (Wendland).
Come along!

Nelly Boyd @ blurred edges 2023

We will present and play two concerts at this year’s blurred edges festival with some great guests:

Nelly Boyd & Donghee Nam / Cat Hope
Friday, 16 June 2023, 20:00

Eiliyas / Nelly Boyd
Saturday, 17 June 2023, 20:00

Together with our old friend Donghee Nam we collaborated on a new project based on our Whirligig series. Since Donghee is working in the fields of performance and multimedia, these will be important elements, along with the music. The work on the composition was supported by Musikfonds.
After that, Cat Hope will shake the Westwerk with her solo bass performance.

On Saturday, Eiliyas performs an electro-acoustic set inspired by the piano solos by the great Thelonious Monk.
And we will play some pieces from our Whirligig series.

We hope you will join us!

Nelly Boyd & BEGO @ klub katarakt 18

© Anna Bertermann

We are looking forward to perform at klub katarakt 18 at Kampnagel in January 2023. We will be part of the opening on Wednesday, 18 January, performing among other things Branches by John Cage, as well as one or two of our own Whirligigs.

Also, Boyds Elektro Gitarren Orchester (BEGO), our big side project with lots of electric guitars, bass and drums, is back from hiatus and will perform the last set of the Long Night on Saturday, 21 January. This performance is in memory of Christian Smukal, who passed away last summer. Christian played in the first concert of BEGO (and several others), and supported us with many amps. So this is for him. We are playing with twelve guitars and several old and new guests.

Nelly Boyd @ Studio 45

We are playing a workshop concert at Studio 45 in Künstlerhaus Wendenstrasse. In the first half we will perform compositions for ensembles of same instruments by Johann Popp, Robert Engelbrecht and Jan Feddersen (cymbals and melodicas, respectively).

In the second part we will perform a choice of pieces of our collective composition WHIRLIGIG.

Friday, September 9, 2022,  19:30

Studio 45
Wendenstraße 45c
20097 Hamburg

admission: donation

presented by Studio 45 im Künstlerhaus Wendenstraße
funded by Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg

Nelly Boyd @ Blurred Edges 2022

We play live again at this year’s Blurred Edges festival:

Saturday, June 18th, 2022, 20:00

We are happy to welcome our guests Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker, who will present their new CD Canti di guerra, di lavoro e d’amore („Songs of war, work and love“), on which they re-interpret and transform traditional songs that were sung by female rice field workers (Mondine) in Emilia-Romagna.

Silvia and Deborah are also the first guests who we have invited to our collaborative Whirligig project, and we are excited to play the premiere of the six new pieces of Open Whirligig 6 together with them. Christina Engelbrecht will again project light on us.

Plus, we will play a new piece by Johann Popp for four ride cymbals.

Hope to meet you!

klub katarakt 2022

We are happy to play at this year’s klub katarakt festival. It’s actually happening!

We are playing on the opening and closing nights, Wednesday January 19 and Saturday January 22, respectively. On Wednesday we will play Nellys Boudoir by Robert Engelbrecht, and on Saturday giration 4.2 ( a new version of giration 4) by Jan Feddersen.

We are joined for these concerts by our good friends and colleagues Donghee Nam and Fiona McKenzie.

As always, many great other musicians playing. Check it out.

Remembering Alvin Lucier

Alvin Lucier has passed away.

We were fortunate to have worked with him, at klub katarakt in 2009. Among other things, we prepared a performance of Vespers. Jens Röhm custom built, together with Olaf Hering, the echolocation devices which are asked for for this piece. Which amazed Alvin. It was a great experience.

On the photo are three quarters of the 2009 Nelly line-up. Two ghosts now.

© Katja von Nagy