Watch IMAGIRO LANDMANNALAUGAR here

I’m extremely proud to present this video to you – thank you Ensemble Synaesthesis for the spellbinding performance!

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. (Thank you Örlygur!)

There are two IMAGIRO works as a result of my DAR Lithuania commission:

Imagiro Landmannalaugar’, which Youtube video you can watch here, is titled after the wide Icelandic mountainous scenic views, the fjallasyn, it was inspired by. It’s performed by its 24 metres long #panoramicscore. This work is like a roam through the wilderness. Première concert was in the Arts Printing House, Vilnius, on August 14.

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Imagiro Largo‘ works the same, by graphic panoramic score, but also as traditional sheet music. Read more here. 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. ‘Imagiro Largo’ is more akin to a landscape garden, planned and cultivated with mathematical precision.

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#IMAGIRO Sound and Music Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis

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IMAGIRO premieres were sensational!

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Happy about how #IMAGIRO ‘Largo’ and ‘Landmannalaugar’ worked out. If I get the chance will be writing more in this line. It has been such a physical, intuitive and ungiving mathematical process, a very interesting challenge to match these contrasting qualities. Thank you so much for commissioning Egidija Medeksaite, the Lithuanian Composers Union and Sound and Music and Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis for performing. The light engineer of Menų spaustuvė/ Arts Printing House did a wonderful job. Here are a few stills from the video I took. #panoramicscore #graphicscore  Dar Dar DAR_Druskininkai Artists’ Residence
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IMAGIRO #3 stages of development

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‘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.

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. 

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.

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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.

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‘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.

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DAR Lithuania commission

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. 

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Last year I spent quite some time working in Iceland and the snowy mountainous landscapes inspired me to the concept of panoramic scores. A perfect match to my longtime love for Chinese ink and brush scrolls.

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Iceland R&D visit January

MOVING CLASSICS COMMISSION

FOR KAMMERKÓR SUÐURLANDS

Day 1 – Tuesday 26.01.2016

MEETING HILMAR, BJÖRG AND THORUNN

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Arrived late afternoon in Reykjavik BSI station by plane and then coach, about 16:15, to be picked up by my fabulous hosts Hilmar Örn Agnarsson and Björg Þórhallsdóttir by car to bring me to my AirBnB stay at Fossegata 11. It’s a wonderful apartment with piano. This is the first time I meet Hilmar in person, we’ve been e-mailing and Skyping before. Hilmar is organist and choir director, running …..

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