Texts from the composers – com.positions
Layers of Love
by Cennet Jönsson
You approach the main square in Ystad. A few improvised notes become melodies that transport you to a world of rocking West African rhythms. The sound of soprano saxophone flies freely over boiling percussion and drums when Africa meets flamenco, and the music is enriched by the interwoven sounds of several instruments. The distance from Ystad to Dakar or Seville becomes negligible as a result of the musicians’ almost telepathic interplay. After an intensive flight, you are returned to the origin and land once again in free improvisation.
Layers of Love is a cyclic musical piece with several layers that combine music defined by notes with improvised music. The composer’s own perception of the beautiful main square in Ystad, with its old town hall and other surrounding buildings, as well as the traffic and pedestrian thoroughfares, etc. has had a major impact on the structure of the piece. The square has become a kind of geographical climax represented by the Afro-groove of the music and the ensemble playing in tutti.
by Caroline Leander
A new journey begins at every moment. Surprises, challenges and rewards may be waiting on the route you take … You will pass a number of islands, and your steps will represent the nautical miles of your cruise. Set a course, read the compass and make your choice; start the journey either to the right or to the left. You cannot turn back and the journey must be completed. At home on Ithaca, at the end of the voyage, Penelope is waiting for you, with the tapestry that she unravels and reweaves again and again until you return. Bon voyage and mind your step! Welcome to Penelope – a miniature odyssey around the cultural quarter.*
The work is based on a simple vocal ostinato, a crooning that is the hub of the whole composition. A tapestry of harmonies and phrases that come and go, and which are transformed and developed, are created around this core. The listener moves around the district and passes six islands, all of which are like individual small pieces that are, however, interlinked. Each listener will have a unique experience of the music, depending on the prevailing weather and wind, the speed at which the listener moves, and what is happening in the listener’s immediate surroundings at that moment. The work concludes only when the circle is again closed and the listener has come back to the starting point.
The artist Åsa Maria Bengtsson’s work ”Synkron” (Synchronous) appears on two sides of the district and has been a source of inspiration for Penelope. Bengtsson’s connection to oriental designs and the nomadic art of knotting carpets fitted well with Leander’s thoughts on musical tapestry and travel.
* Penelope was a heroine in Greek mythology. She is usually described as the embodiment of loyalty and faithfulness. During the long period when her husband Odysseus was away fighting in Troy, she was always convinced that he would return. To avoid the many suitors who surrounded her during Odysseus’s absence, she said that she did not intend to marry again until the tapestry she was working on had been completed. She therefore wove during the day but unravelled it at night. And Odysseus finally returned after being away for ten years.
In Medias Res
At the centre of events,
by Peter Lång
In Medias Res is a musical game of hide and seek.
A little girl has hidden her song in the music, which is scattered around the Lundagård park. She wants us to look for the song, and when we put on headphones, tap on the smartphone app and start looking for it, we move between soundscapes created by five voices from Ensemble Syd. The music has been placed at various locations in the park. It is connected to (GPS) zones that mobile phones can identify. When we come to the right place in the park, we find the song and the girl sings it for us. The music changes as a result of our choice of path. Each path, and thus each individual person’s experience of the work, is unique.
What cannot be done in reality can be done using technology. A singer who sings five different harmonies together, a work that is influenced by the listeners’ movements and a song that hides among the trees and buildings in Lundagård.
The little girl says that the song is hiding among the sound creatures. Sound creatures are musical microorganisms that live in large sound waves. We cannot perceive them with the ear, but while working with In Medias Res we have managed to capture their small oscillations with a modern ”audio microscope”.
In Medias Res is made with voices and nothing else. Everything is sung.