Kurtág – Reflections Through Conduction // Visual Improvisation for the Spontaneous Arkestra
Visual improvisation performance together with Kiritan Flux for a special concert event. The used material consisted only of macro-videography of the stage and instruments of the musicians shot by me during the rehearsals the day before the concert. This base material was modified and mixed live by Flux and “masked” by my live drawings inspired by the music. I got the idea for the live masking in one of the band’s rehearsals, as one of the musicians explained how during the performance they are constantly secretly playing the music in their heads, and exposing only pieces of it to the listeners, by the Conductors cues. I found this idea fascinating, and quite parallel to how the “mask” tool works is digital graphics – it opens a window to the viewer to take a peak at what is already happening behind. For the live drawings I used the Alchemy software.
About the event: The world of contemporary music celebrated the 90th birthday of Hungarian composer György Kurtág. Interpreting this influential oeuvre of contemporary classical music, the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin dedicated a special event to Kurtág on 8 March 2016, presenting two concerts. One of them was a live concert of The Spontaneous Arkestra led by the legendary fusion musician, composer and conceptualist Jean-Paul Bourelly through the use of Conduction to command the orchestra and reflect on Kurtág’s works. By its nature, Conduction method liberates both conductor and musicians from the traditional boundaries of musical rules, habits and conventions, making the collaboration more spontaneous and surprising the audience with unexpected turns.