Passing Place Concert

James Clapperton; Piano, Jana Winderen; Fieldrecordings, Sven Erga; Electronics

Next concert will be presented in St. Petersburg at the “Impressions from the North” concert series at the Dostoevsky Museum 27 November 2010.


James, Sven and Jana´s collaboration came about through the work with the project Passing Place, a theatre performance by Mobile Homes, directed by Zoe Christiansen, where they created the sounds, music and technology for the performances. James has specially composed piano pieces for this project, Jana has made recordings in various locations in the North Sea, Barents sea, the Norwegian coast and from a research trip for the project to Greenland, Sven has worked with electronic and archived historical sounds and with the distribution of the sound in the space.

They are combining piano, field recording and electronics in a live setting as a concert, interacting with each other, the space and place they are playing in and the relation to the project the collaboration sprung out of.

Jana Winderen researches the hidden depths with the latest technology; her work reveals the complexity and strangeness of the unseen world beneath. The audio topography of the oceans and the depth of ice crevasses are brought to the surface. Jana´s part of the performance consists of recordings made by four DPA hydrophones, a Telinga parabolic reflector and 4060 DPAs from inside and deep under the ice in Greenland, the Barents Sea, the North Sea, hunting saithe in the Norwegian fjords, of sea snails along the shores, of feeding and mating cod and the shifting current deep under the surface.

Sven Erga takes his musical departure in sounds from historical events in the area surrounding the North Atlantic, as well as sound events from the staged performance of Passing Place. He is also introduces electronics to recycle and transform musical events in the actual musical performance.

Interspersed with and performed alongside Sven and Jana's soundscapes are a series of piano pieces by James Clapperton. These include short works depicting the purity of the arctic landscape based on the musical harmonic series. There are also sections based on Norsk folketoner entitled "Draumkvedet". These are contrasted by more turbulent music which accompanies Amundsen's moments of inner confusion and doubt.

“To add the sense of listening to the understanding of the oceans' creatures, I believe we can further our respect and knowledge of this hugely important and fragile ecosystem.”- J.Winderen  



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