|WINNERS||by Andrea Molino
18/10 at 8.30 p.m.
WINNERS is a multimedia music project devised by Fabrica Musica together with the Brisbane Festival. This project sets out to explore, via the combination of music and performance, the culture of winning, i.e. the common social and political tendency to catalogue peoples, nations, cultures and anything else as “winners and losers”.
The theme is tackled via the personal testimony of victims from 5 locations, selected on account of the fact they have experienced catastrophic events, attacks and senseless violence (New York, USA, Sharpeville, Johannesburg, South Africa; Dresden, Germany; Ayutthaya, Thailand; Maralinga, South Australia) and that of terminally ill patients. The latter thanks to assistance from the palliative care centre of the San Giovanni Battista hospital in Turin, the Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York and the university centre for palliative care of the Croix Rouge in Lyon.
The young artists of Fabrica, with their eclectic training in various fields of art and communication, are to take an active part in the creative process, with coordination of a team composed of heads of departments of Fabrica and the technical and organisational group of the Brisbane Festival. The Australian percussion group TaikOz and The Queensland Orchestra are to take part in the world première of the project.
|Because you are a girl||by Joy Frempong (Switzerland/Ghana)
13/10 at 7.30 p.m.
True to her eclectic nature, Joy Frempong presents a repertoire of over 50 minutes where improvisation and different musical genres interweave and fuse: from traditional jazz to electronic music, from aesthetics to experimentation, double bass and vocals, free song and vocal effects. The performance by Joy Frempong, this time not as a soloist but accompanied by the Belgian trio !MAD DOG, includes numbers written and composed during her time at Fabrica as a scholarship holder in the music department, in particular the item Because you are a girl from the CD of the same name from the Fabrica Musica Cd Series, and also various new pieces and above all improvisation.
|Survival Machines||by Gunnlaug Thorvalsdottir (Iceland)
13/10 at 8.30 p.m.
A solo lasting forty-five minutes, with numbers from the CD “Survival Machines”, in the Fabrica Musica Cd series, with other recordings composed recently and inspired by the concept of migration (particularly that of birds) and how these vital flows influence and condition the world and evolution. Gunnlaug Thorvalsdottir tends to express, by voice alone, musical segments that suggest a journey, with a slow intro, climax and epilogue aimed at suggesting the need to begin again a new life cycle. The music is created with the use of different vocal effects and effects created on the computer.
|On the incense mountain –
a psalm of motion
|by Mark Eliyahu (Israel)
29/10 at 8.30 p.m.
An original work that lasts eighty minutes, aimed at expressing and arousing emotions linked to being human, to prayer and to the beauty of creation. The music was written and arranged by the young Israeli composer Mark Eliyahu, a virtuoso of the kamanche (an ancient instrument of Iranian classical music) with assistance from his father Piris Eliyahu, also an enthusiast of traditional instruments from the Iranian musical culture. The time spent by Mark Eliyahu at Fabrica in 2004, for the production of the multimedia work CREDO, L’innocenza di Dio, was essential for the production of his first CD Voices of Judea, which contains the number composed at Fabrica entitled Leon Juda.
|Journey of the rivers||by William Barton (Australia)
03/11 at 8.30 p.m.
Journey of the rivers is an original project by William Barton, an aborigine musician from the Australian outback and a great virtuoso of the didgeridoo. The landscape has special meaning for Australian aborigines. William Barton has composed this original score for didgeridoo, vocals and a string quartet, in search of a parallel between the meaning of land for the aborigines and that of landscape for other cultures. This creation explores the way in which narration and song are used by both these cultures as a medium of oral transmission of history and meanings. In his performance music and video films intersect, images of rivers and other waterways, as in a mirror effect, are blended with the voice of Delmae Barton, levering on some features of repetition and relying on a variety of different sounds and rhythms, like a sort of sound representation of the diversity of experience and the experiences gained during the time spent at Fabrica.