KOKORO DANCE & THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Essence, Music of Amber, I Sing – The Body
When: March 18-19, 2011 @ 8 pm
Where: Roundhouse Performance Centre, (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC)
The VSO and dance company Kokoro team up again for the Vancouver International Dance Festival. This concert will feature the premiere of a collaborative work between Kokoro and Waterhole, a new Vancouver band (with C.I.R. Scott Good) that defies traditional labelling. Working closely together, they will present a large scale new work inspired from Walt Whitman’s trenchant poem ‘I sing the body electric’ which explores the question: what is the soul, if not the body?
Michael Hynes Essence
Joseph Schwantner Music of Amber
Waterhole I Sing – The Body
b. Luxembourg / August 22, 1960
Essence was written specifically for the 1991 New Music Concerts national composition contest (for which it was selected as the winning entry).
Mr. Hynes says about Essence:
“This piece was written as an overreaction to a lecture I had just heard, the names of the parties involved herein redacted. As Harold Bloom has said ‘all art is a reaction to lack of or, conversely, an overabundance of something’ – I felt the need to divest myself of the… emotional stimuli.
The competition concerned Herr Mozart (part of the CBC’s Mozart celebration). I used as raw material a 100 millisecond sample of the Jupiter Symphony. I applied various electro-acoustic manipulations to said sample to arrive at a piece of about ten minutes in duration. The result I then orchestrated to fit the specifications of M. Aitken’s band. As I had really bad gear, noise and digital hiccups etc. were included in the orchestration.”
b. Chicago, Illinois / March 22, 1943
Music of Amber
Music of Amber is indicative of Schwantner’s colouristic and evocative music. He provides a short lyric as guidance into the mood and meaning behind the piece.
a play of Shadows
most ancient murmurings
from a dark millennium
the trembling fragrance
of the music of amber
– Joseph Schwantner
I Sing – The Body
I Sing – The Body is a reflection upon Walt Whitman’s poetic masterpiece I Sing The Body Electric. It is a celebration of the beauty of the human body, that dwells on its physicality and forms, its sexuality, and its divinity.
Program Notes © 2011 Scott Good
|March 18, 2011|
|March 19, 2011|