(Dés)Illusion d’un chant
|Setting||Prepared singing voice and prepared string instrument(s).|
|Period of creation||2017-04-02 to 04 and 2017-12-27 to 2018-01-04.|
|Commission / occasion||Commissioned by the ensemble L’arsenale (Ita), funded by Norsk kulturråd / Norsk kulturfond (Nor).|
The main idea of the piece is to create the illusion of a song, by using short joik fragments and increasing them in length and density. After the climax (at the golden section) the song is de-constructed again, making the illusion a disillusion.
The work is supposed to merge classical avant-garde music with traditional Nordic folk music. At the same time, the work shall deliver a unique contribution to the Romantic lied tradition.
The vocal part is based only on one joik, a folk melody from the Sami people of Lapland, a cultural region in Northern Europe (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia).
Joiks are short melodies, performed soloistically without coherent lyrics, with only few words or phonetic syllables and with a noise-like chesty vocalization. Joik melodies are usually repeated many times during the recitation with a gradual rise in tempo and tonality towards the end.
Most of the joik melodies represent famous people from the past, but some represent animals of the region. These animal joiks imitate the characteristics of the animals’ sounds and movements. In this case, the joik melody represents the wolf.
|2020-10-02||Simon Whiteley (Bar) and Alastair Putt (gt) from the ensemble Exaudi
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (Ger) – cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2020-10-01||Simon Whiteley (Bar) and Alastair Putt (gt) from the ensemble Exaudi
Festival Hörfest for New Music, at the Culture Factory Hangar 21 / The Cube (Kubus) in Detmold (Ger) – cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2020-05-10||Ida Gudim (S) and Ole Martin Huser-Olsen (gt)
Lillehammer Art Museum in Lillehammer (Nor) – cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|Ida Gudim (S) and Ole Martin Huser-Olsen (gt)
Hamar (Nor) and Gjøvik (Nor) – cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2020-03-22||Simon Whiteley (Bar) and Alastair Putt (gt) from the ensemble Exaudi
Resonans Festival, at the Studio Acusticum / Main Concert Hall in Piteå (Swe), radio recording by SR P2 – cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2020-03-21||Simon Whiteley (Bar) and Alastair Putt (gt) from the ensemble Exaudi
Festival Svensk Musikvår (Swedish Music Spring), at the S:t Jacobs kyrka (St. James’s Church) in Stockholm (Swe) – world premiere / cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
Festival Nuova Musica a Treviso at the Museo di Santa Caterina in Treviso (Ita) – world premiere (cancelled)
Festival Nuova Musica a Treviso / Chiesa di San Gregorio (Ita) – postponed
Teatro La Fenice / Sale Apollinee in Venice (Ita) – postponed