Rugged wild landscapes with their hills and mountains read like music to me. The Icelandic use the work ‘fjallasyn’ to describe a distant view, especially in clear weather and from a point where you can see a big part of a highland area – a panorama with many peaks.
I’m extremely proud to present this video to you. Thank you Ensemble Synaesthesis for the spellbinding performance!
There are two IMAGIRO pieces.
IMAGIRO ‘Landmannalaugar’ and ‘Largo’ are compositions in a graphic ink and brush notation called panoramic score, which paces the sound through a wide landscape sized movement. Gracefully unfolding its multi-timbral music from a single gesture only, like origami.
video above, is titled after the wide Icelandic mountainous scenic views, the fjallasyn, it was inspired by. This work is like a roam through the wilderness.
The concert works by a 24 metres long paper #panoramicscore which I painted in one session. This elongated score wraps itself through the concert space, demanding the musicians to walk to read their parts. The resulting choreography is part of the performance. The beauty is that it reads in both positive and in reverse directions, you can have repeats in two directions. Two players start at their indicated markers inside the score playing a single line, reading to the outer edge. To the audience this is visually very clear to follow, helping a watcher to get drawn in: you see one line and hear one voice on each side. Then the duettists pick up two more performers. All musicians play their single line, but because they are paced in different tempos this seemingly singular gesture opens up to form harmonies.
which works the same as ‘Landmannalaugar’ by graphic panoramic score, but also as traditional sheet music. Read more about it on my blog below. It would take an entire production team a week to set it up as a panoramic concert, as such it was premiered using the score.
‘Largo’ is extremely conceptual, more akin to a landscape garden, planned and cultivated with mathematical precision. I’ve been calculating the concert space, tempo, repeats and how many steps of minimal 30cms and max 100cms size I can fit in, determining how long the work can be and in what structure – to the extend that at times I was questioning my sanity. Yet, with all these minute calculations, IMAGIRO Largo still sounds emotional, melodic and not forced to fit a concept, which is a key dogma in my work.
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posted August 28, 2017
For ensemble and panoramic score.
Monumental natural sceneries combined with their accompanying miniature sound textures, as generated by wildlife calls and flora, are my major source in composing music. With my latest works I’ve created a line of various abstract expressions rendering the sonic essence of these natural parameters into their most minimalist representation. By means of questioning what is sheet music, which resulted in using the paper score itself as part of my compositions.
IMAGIRO unfolds from a single landscape size movement into a sound sculpture like origami, whilst pacing the musicians through the concert space in a slow-motion ceremonial choreography.
This work exists in two notational versions: as regularly notated sheet music and a specially developed panoramic score. The particular graphic scoring technique of IMAGIRO required that the piece needed to be written to a very strict dogma, giving it a very specific sound.
Both sonically and visually the graphic score describes in kinetics my admiration for the immersive sensory experience of wild natural sceneries. It’s inspired by how Chinese ink and brush masters depict a majestic panorama on a scroll in only a mere few lines.
IMAGIRO is commissioned by the DAR Residency of the Lithuanian Composers Union in collaboration with British Sound And Music for the Lithuanian ensemble Synaesthesis and will premiere in the Black Hall of the Arts Printing House in Vilnius on August 14.
posted August 21, 2017
IMAGIRO PREMIERE WAS SENSATIONAL!
posted August 13, 2017
Hear hear! 7pm August 14 in the Black Hall of the Printing House in Vilnius.
There is a fantastic variety of New Music programmed for this evening with very exciting experimental pieces. Don’t miss if you’re around!
Trying out the panoramic score in Vilnius Library during rehearsal. #IMAGIRO
posted August 6, 2017
posted August 1, 2017
For those interested, let me talk you through the many various stages of creating this work. I guess because it’s just as much part of the composition as the music itself.
‘IMAGIRO’ is a composition for ensemble and panoramic score, unfolding its music from a single landscape size movement into a sound sculpture like origami, whilst pacing the musicians through the concert space in a slow-motion ceremonial choreography of imaginary Olympian sprinters.
At the bottom of photo below is the initial ink and brush sketch. An idea I have been playing with for a considerable amount of time with my own interpretation of Chinese traditional scrolls and after a snowy visit to Iceland. Experiencing the music in a landscape, a wide kinetic scenery of sound. This initial sketch features the concept of a panoramic score, having the musicians read their parts while walking along the score.
In the sketchbook on the right I calculated how many steps would fit in the dimensions of the concert space resulting in how many minutes of music. And how to engineer the order of the panoramic score in such way it would result in a standalone piece of music rather than a concept only.
Not shown in photo is the following stage where I had to forget about all these parameters and write music from a spiritual place in my mind – ‘feeling free’, right?! – within this extremely specified dogma.
Which, in the top of the picture, I translated into a tangible ‘IMAGIRO’ sheet music version. This communicates the music, but not the sound kinetics, choreography and visual aspects of this piece.
On the large sheets of graph paper I’ve been charting out the graphic panoramic score step by step to get a grip on the technique of notating this work to how I envision it to be when finished.
Photo at the bottom shows how I’m getting closer to the final graphic panoramic score, by painting the sound pitches and textures on model scale.
I’m like a fish in water. Or a duck in a pond. Totally loving this entire process.
‘IMAGIRO’ has been commissioned for ensemble Synaesthesis by LKS in partnership with AiR Krems and Sound And Music. during the DAR residency in Druskininkai, Lithuania. The work will be premiered in Vilnius on August 14, 2017.
posted July 21, 2017
Full of beans finishing my new piece #IMAGIRO. A #panoramicscore! So excited and full of wonder how this is going work visually. Unfolding music and players through the concert space in a time-lapse rally. In theory it works really simple… #brainworkout #Vilnius #premiere14aug #ensembleSynaesthesis
posted June 24, 2017