"SON((O))SPHERE - The Metropolis and the Myths" features performances by the Mud Cavaliers & Guests and takes place in four different European capitals, including Berlin. The performances take as their subject the surrounding sounds and landscapes of the city in question...
"SON((O))SPHERE - The Metropolis and the Myths" features performances by the Mud Cavaliers & Guests and takes place in four different European capitals, including Berlin. The performances take as their subject the surrounding sounds and landscapes of the city in question
Performers take on the challenge of intuitive composition, exploring the relationship between music of different genres (contemporary music, free jazz, noise, electronic and world music). They aim to produce an hour-long 'sound spectacle' that will include texts in several languages, spontaneous improvisations as well as recordings of city sounds and musical quotations from Karol Szymanowski's musical series entitled "Myths". The aim is to sketch a musical landscape of Berlin.
Compositions will reflect the character of each city and confront several issues related to life in those cities. Hence the tripartite concept: 'Shape' (illumination, form and structure), 'Allure' (sensuality, impressibility), 'Separateness' (aloneness, closure, isolation). Each of the three parts include quotations from Karol Szymanowski's "Myths", entitled, respectively: "Spring of Arethusa", "Dryads" and "Pan, Narcissus". An important section of the performance will be dedicated to Warsaw (through a city soundscape and song quotations), as well as Berlin. The performance aims to evoke a feeling of unity in diversity, with Szymanowski's work featuring as a shared, emotive reference point. The performances will result in a kind of database of sounds and images from each of the cities.
The Mud Cavaliers musicians will be accompanied by 2-3 performers from each city. A final "Sonosphere" performance will be held in either Warsaw (to commemorate the end of the Polish presidency) or Copenhagen -to mark the beginning of the Danish presidency of the EU council.
The Mud Cavaliers was established in 2001. The group specialises in live improvisation in 'found' and unusual outdoor spaces such as forests or fields. Their music is characterised by free jazz and spontaneous composition- hence the band's eclectic mix of members: they range from experienced composers to musicians. Their diversity makes for truly unique musical performances.
The Mud Cavaliers:
Jerzy Kornowicz – piano
Krzysztof Knittel – electronic media
Ryszard Latecki – trumpet, harmonium, percussion instruments
Mieczysław Litwiński – vocals, violin, cithern
Tadeusz Sudnik – electronic media
Tadeusz Wielecki – double bass
Andrzej Kijanowski – sound projection
Cinemanual – special active projections
In Berlin, the concert runs as part of Klangwerkstatt 2011 - Contemporary Music Festival- which presents live music "experiments". The festival, founded in 1989, is marked by its stress on linking professional ensembles and composers together with youth professionals and amateur groups.
For more information, see:
www.sonophere.eu (under construction)
Date: 2nd of November, 2011 (8pm)
Venue: Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Brussels
Organised by: Polish Society for Contemporary Music, Modern Art Ensemble
Project cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute