On April 1 I will open the Manifold festival with a concert featuring Laetitia Morais (live video), Cristina Ioan (flute), Emil Sein (saxophones), and Mahsin Basalama (qanun). The concert will feature the world premiere of “Three insomnias — Music for a dark room.”
The electronic part of “Three Insomnias” was composed in 2001 by Carlos Guedes for ballet “Quarto Escuro,” a choreography by Isabel Barros for the Balleteatro, and a commission from Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture. The traumatic event of 9/11 happened during the rehearsals for this show, and this was a major shifting point for the music. The stark reality reminding us all of our impotence in avoiding this type of violence, brought all of a sudden a new meaning, and almost new function to the music being composed — it should be able to transport people to dreamy states and beautiful spaces in order to liberate them from the horrible reality being lived at the time. The audiovisual reincarnation of this music in Three Insomnias with the videos by Laetitia Morais and the live music counterpart intends to make the audience embark on a collective dream that transports them audiovisually and emotionally to new and beautiful places.
Later today “1985.2” for soprano saxophone and fixed media electronics will be performed by mighty Gilberto Bernardes at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2017 in Gwangju, South Korea.
Phobia Robotica is a piece I composed for Phobos-Orquestra Robótica Disfuncional (Phobos – Dysfunctional Robotic Orchestra) that premieres June 3 and 4 at the Serralves em Festa Festival in Porto. This is collaboration with Sonoscopia. Check it out if you happen to be around. Bzzzt!
A choreomusical work conceived and performed by Carlos Guedes, Kirk Woolford, Nella Turkki and Cristina Ioan.
- Choreography & Dance: Nella Turkki
- Flute: Cristina Ioan
- Music: Carlos Guedes
- Video: Saguenail
- Motion Capture, video compositing & Animation: Kirk Woolford
- Lighting Design: Simon Fraulo (3/14 and 3/15, 2016) & Elinor Mhairi Burton (4/2 and 4/3, 2016)
- Sound recording & technical assistance: João Menezes
Premiere: March 14, 2016 at NYUAD Innovation Studio
The Arabic term jinn means “invisible beings.” The jinn are sentient beings who are composed from subtle matter. Before Islam, they were worshiped as gods, as tutelary deities, or as spiritual protectors not only in the Arabian Peninsula but also in neighboring areas…. In Qu’ran… there is mention that [the jinn] are created from ‘scorching winds’ and ‘a smokeless fire,’ and it is also said that they are like humans in that they are rational beings formed of nations
Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (Ed. Josef Meri, 2006, p.420)
The concept of Jinn in Arab culture is used as a metaphor for addressing the question of the musicality inherent in human bodily movement. Movement sonification in musical ways has been one of my main interests when working with dance. Back in 2003, I developed software that could extract musical rhythms from dance movement in real time and use them has a means to articulate the music during performance. Since then I explored different ways of presenting the relationship between bodily movement in dance and its inherent musicality though the use of software that could help bring that relationship to the fore. 2003 was also the year I started collaborating with Kirk Woolford on developing artistic work that relates to the perception of human bodily motion, in pieces such as Côr ( Guedes, Ula li & Wollford, 2003), Will.0.w1sp (Wollford & Guedes, 2005) or Echo Locations (Wollford & Guedes) 2008).
In this piece, no software is used to establish this relationship. Instead, different perspectives for perceiving the relationship between bodily movement and its inherent musicality are presented in three distinct ways: (1) by performing the sonification of movement in real time with a musical instrument that was created for that purpose; (2) by removing the body from a video in which the sound and the trace left by the movement remain as the witnesses of this relationship; and (3) by presenting a synthetic rendering of the movement performed by the dancer in the form of a graphical particle system that gets synthetically sonified. As the body gets progressively dematerialized, the relationship between movement and its musicality becomes increasingly more apparent and clear.
Video of world premiere of “1985” at concert “A.BEL Nova Música Interactiva” at Casa da Música on October 26, 2015, by Gilberto Bernardes (soprano sax), André Dias (snare drum), and Óscar Rodrigues (electric guitar)
Phonambient is a project of transformation of contemporary sound heritage that will be showcased at Casa da Música 10-14 February, 2014. Creative approaches to sounds from several cities including Porto and Abu Dhabi, including the world premiere of my “Canon a 4 con uccelli obbligati” for 5.1. surround diffusion, made with sounds from Sir Bani Yas Island wildlife reserve captured in Ambisonic format.
A piece for string orchestra.World premiere at ESMAE Festival by Camerata NovNorte, conducted by Radu Ungureanu.
You can listen the recording (not of tonight’s performance) here