“…I want to know about the lull in the storm” is an open instrumentation work whose score incorporates open and graphic notation elements. The idea was to write a piece equally well-suited to any ensemble and to encourage performers to engage with, celebrate and question their performance medium, whatever that may be.
The score is not completely ‘open’ – there are relationships to be upheld. The performer(s) have to find ways of navigating the notation and their instrument(s) in a way that conveys these relationships. For instance, sections of music are labelled ‘coordinated’ or ‘uncoordinated’. How does the musical fabric break apart (or diversify) into a field of independent sounds? How does this field come together again? These are all decisions for the performer(s), guided by directions and suggestions in the score. The interaction between interpretative exploration and the sequence of score events lends itself equally well to an organically evolving performance and a regulated, systematic one.
Soloists have acted out balletic dramas with their assembled company of individual fingers, arms, legs and instrument parts; ensembles have twisted and uncoiled as a bound group of individuals, like branches of a tree each blowing separately in the wind giving the whole, unified organism an ever-shifting shape.
The title for the work comes from composer and trombonist Radu Malfatti: “What’s needed is not faster, higher, stronger, louder – I want to know about the lull in the storm”.
Potential for installation performance
October 2014: Meridian Brass, Portland, UK
November 2013: Canterbury Christ Church University Contemporary Music Ensemble & CONNECT laptop ensemble, Lauren Redhead and Matt Wright (directors), Canterbury, UK
October 2010: Lauren Redhead (organ), Holy Trinity Church, Hull, UK (part of Seeds & Bridges Festival)
October 2010: Lauren Redhead (organ), Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, UK
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