"Our Liquid Room series, conceived for the empty space of the Kaaitheater, has acquired something of a cult status. Each Liquid Room is a mini festival on various stage where music seeks points of convergence with other disciplines. Last season, this resulted in a spectacular edition that was focused on light as a compositional building block. Liquid Room VIII explores a simple hypothesis: music is not just sound! Since the late seventies, the discourse and reflection on music has been dominated by the keyword ‘sound’, implying a focus on terms like texture, space, vibration, and deep listening. Ictus has thus opted for a different keyword: PHRASE. At the intersection of melody and rhythm, the phrase opens up ways of thinking about things differently: music as a vital development of thought, constructed of impulses and accents, energetic circuits, movements, and agility. In PHRASES, Ictus brings together sound poetry, spoken word, modal music and a touch of animal virtuosity."