ShareMusic & Performing Arts presents the new piece Mondgewächse, which premieres October 19, 2014 in Gothenburg Concert Hall. It includes two ensembles, Gageego! from Gothenburg, and an ensemble by Share Music called the In:fluence Ensemble. The piece explores what happens when contemporary chamber music meets technology, based on the idea by international renowned composer Patricia Alessandrini.
Creating music with your body? Playing the piano by simply moving your wrist? Or see and hear how movements create a digital painting, which in turn, creates sounds? The audience will experience a unique performance where traditional instruments, sensors and live motion tracking will open their eyes and ears for new ways to create music on stage.
Mondgewächse is Share Music’s third commission piece and Patricia Alessandrini was chosen after a global call for composer, which resulted in 57 applications from a total of 19 countries in Europe, North and South America. Patricia is known to work with live electronics and interactive video, actively engaging with the concert music repertoire, and issues of representation, interpretation, perception and memory. She has become increasingly involved in multimedia, theatrical and collaborative work, often involving social and political issues. Her idea for Mondgewächse is exploring the transformation of the relationship between the performer and the instrument.
Everybody participating in the piece is involved in the work process from the start. The ensemble Gageego! is known to explore and make contemporary music more accessible. As one of the top ensembles in Sweden, Gageego! is appreciated for their ability to interpret todays music in a technically polished, highly artistic manner. The members of Share Music’s In:fluence Ensemble have different backgrounds, ranging from classical music to arts technology and art. Together with their unique quality of intuitive listening and reacting they will interact and engage with Gageego! in completely new ways by using the innovative interfaces.
New instruments, developed exclusively for the performance, will be presented to the audience during the premiere. These so-called interfaces are designed, programmed and built on the grounds of everybody’s individual abilities. During the development Patricia worked closely together with Goldsmiths, University of London and the Interactive Institute in Gothenburg. Modern technology unites and challenges, giving new musical expressions and unique artistic perspective. As well as gives more people an opportunity to participate – through instruments that can be played regardless of ability.
The piece has been named Mondgewächse, partly an allusion to the piece Herzgewächse by 1900s pioneer Arnold Schoenberg, and partly as an evocative image: ”Moon plants”.
The premiere takes place in the Gothenburg Concert Hall October 19, 2014, as part of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras Chamber Music series. The initiators are ShareMusic & Performing Arts together with Gageego!.
ShareMusic & Performing Arts
Since 2002, ShareMusic & Performing Arts is working both nationally and internationally, creating performances and arranging courses, focusing on the artistic process. The use of technological innovations and new tools, which enable creative expressions regardless of abilities, plays a central role in the organisations work. Partnerships with some of the world’s leading players in this field has inspired and formed the basis to develop a significant bigger artistic project where ”arts technology” is in focus.Share Music presents Mondgewächse