Klangveje 2019 edition
From the 16th c., landscape has become a subject in its own right, there has been a growing interest in the natural world. From the notion of the Sublime in the Romantic Landscape of Northern Europe of the late 17th c. to the birth of landscape photography in the 19th c., remarkable ideas and events have shaped the way we experience nature today. The 20th century has experimented a reinvention of the idea of the landscape and since then, contemporary artists continue to base their work in the environment that surrounds them, spawning collaborations with nature, imagining idealized new worlds or expressing the impact we as humans have on the land.
In this project I want to work on the redefinition of the idea of landscape in music. I will compose a set of compositions, a sort of suite, for solo guitar, in which the compositional process arises from the interaction with natural and urban Environments throughout different places of Denmark. The result will be an aesthetic reinterpretation of the landscape in a musical context.
The idea of this project arises from the concert-hike, KLANGVEJE, 27 days and more that a 600 km route from Skagen to Bronholm, that the guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen carried out in the summer of 2013. Walking around 30 km a day carrying his own instrument and all the additional requirements, Frederik was performing and interacting with different musicians and locals while embracing multiple audiences reactions on the way. A new edition of Klangveje is being planned for the summer of 2019 in the southern edge of Denmark – A journey from Copenhagen going south to the islands of Møn, Lolland/Falster, Langeland, Fyn, Als and finally through the southern part of Jutland from Sønderborg to Ribe.
For me as a composer the main objective of this project is to immerse myself into the same kind of aesthetic experiences, both the natural and urban, and through the music to establish a strong link, from the sources of inspiration, between the performer and the audience.
Is in this regard that I will have the opportunity, during the residency, to travel along the whole route, and immortalize them in musical landscapes. I will create a set of eighteen miniatures each one representing a place along the Klangveje-route, featuring designs of lively activities and magnificent landscapes reimagined in my music.
In carrying out this project, analytical and aesthetic criteria will be used in which I will look to associate, for the creation of an "organic and coherent musical discourse ". Also, this series of works will be an example of what I currently consider one of my primary interests in the creative process, and which can be summarized in the continuity of the multidisciplinary practice, in this case the musical universe and the idea of Nature as a source of inspiration.
Ideas, gestures, sound masses, groups of events, densities, colours, textures, form, permutations and ordinations will respond to intuitive criteria of "cultural-personal-memory", and for those I have thought fit to achieve with the use of various systems that will be further detailed forward in a particular way. Thus, the works contemplated for this project will be part of a "series" that will be characterized by concrete and characteristic elements for each of the works, in which common interests, components and aesthetic challenges will be followed.
Other activities during the residency:
Another important aspect during the residency is the collaboration with the poet Thomas Boberg. He has been living in Mexico for the past years, and his most recent work Mexicocitydigteis a compilation of poems inspired by Mexico City. As some of my works are directly inspired by poetry, the idea is to create a programme where Thomas Boberg’s recitation is not only alternated with music but the two, music and word, are interwoven and united.
The Klangveje route will include: