SPOR Festival Thursday 4th May – Sunday 7th of May
By choosing Edward Jessen as curator the SPOR Festival has found someone
that understands the essence of music: sound and what makes sound into
music. According to John Cage sound becomes music on its being heard specifically
as sound and not as a signal (a peep can be a signal of a bird, a horn
a signal of a car, a gentle humming in high grass and in the background
a subdued rhythmic scratching can be a signal of a grasshopper by the
wayside). A tone is a special sound that doesn’t signal anything
except music ... But throughout history music has gradually built up so
much signal value that by the end of the 1800’s it was possible
to tell stories within music: here a lover begs for forgiveness, here
is fury, here comes a flock of wild horses and so on. Edward Jessen and
SPOR Festival is focussing on the ability of sound to tell its own story.
It rises and falls, it spreads, it attempts to collect itself but doesn’t
quite manage it. It flows, it explodes. There are many composers for whom
this is the most important thing of all: going on a journey of discovery
in sound, tone, rhythm and movement. SPOR is focussing on them in 2006.
It is a paradox that hearing music on the premises of the sound alone
it becomes present for the listener. Freed of signals one is able to hear
it anew and this can become a metaphor for life processes the listener
hasn’t been been aware of up to that point.
American Alvin Lucier and British Roger Marsh are two exponents with each
their focus on the inner trails of music. They are SPOR Festival’s
featured composers in 2006. Read more about them on the website.
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen is a Danish composer working a great deal with
musical structure. Structurally his music is a world to immerse yourself
in but in this tightly controlled universe signals appear from both historical
music and the real world. It is a music that often plays with the contradictions
between signals and a tight, captivating form. The concert with Ars Nova
and Paul Hillier will be a mini portrait of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.
Ensemble Black Hair with Roger Marsh, Århus Sinfonietta with Søren
K. Hansen, Ars Nova with Paul Hillier, Concert Clemens with Carsten Seyer-Hansen
and vocal soloists John Potter, Richard Wistreich, Kerry Andrew, Anna
Molyneux, Sarah Dacey, Anna Myatt and Joseph Marsh will be appearing at
the festival, amongst others. There will be a seminar with Roger Marsh
and film showings every evening at the Øst for Paradis cinema as
well as sound installations by Alvin Lucier.