Chelsea Ross
Di, 12/02/2019, 20:30 Uhr


Unerhörte Musik

On Breathing On… is a program concept as well as a statement of the inevitabilities of a solo saxophone concert.
Performer, audience, and composer are all implicated. On one hand, the performer generates sound through repeated inhalations and exhalations. In a solo setting, the act of breathing is naturally exposed, reminding us that the saxophonist occupies a fundamentally corporeal sonic space. For the audience, breathing becomes physically and sonically intrinsic to the music. At times it is unnoticeable or veiled, while at other times the listener can be drawn so far into the sound that they perceive the vibrating air (or imagine the feeling of it) as it leaves the instrument and activates their environment, as if they are being breathed upon. Long before this moment, the composer has confronted this inevitability—perhaps empowering it as a compositional feature or even manipulating it as a measure of generating an expressive physical struggle within the performer.
Conceptually, there is a long held observation that breathing changes us with each inhalation, our bodies moving oxygen from the vast sky through our blood, bringing change on the cellular level. Especially considering the current social climate of my home country, where divisive political talking points and hostile public policies are inhaled at numbing velocity, I am responsible for extending this metaphor onto my role as a musician. The same breath which is fundamental to my life is also the breath which powers my instrument—an agent of change on many levels.
Consequently, each time we breathe out we present a creation to the world. This notion inspires my program, which presents the responsibility and privilege of breathing life into new works created by Berlin-based composers Wojtek Blecharz and Wang Lu (recipient of 2019 Berlin Prize), as well as Chicago-based composer Morgan Krauss. In addition to three premieres, recent solo works by Ann Cleare, Alex Mincek, and Mark Andrew show the extremes for what the instrument can endure, each pushing into its own corporeal and spiritual space.

  • Wojtek Blecharz: »New Work« for sopranino & soprano saxophone and miniature speakers (2019 UA)
  • Lu Wang: »New Work« for solo tenor saxophone (2019 UA)
  • Morgan Krauss: »New Work« for solo sopranino saxophone (2018 UA)
  • Alex Mincek: »Ali« for alto saxophone (2010 DE)
  • Ann Cleare: »Luna, the eye that opens the other eye« for alto saxophone (2014 DE)
  • Mark Andre: »iv 12« for soprano saxophone (2014)

On Breathing On…: ein Saxophon-Solo-Recital schafft zwangsläufig ein anderes Verhältnis zwischen Spieler und Publikum; der Atem des Musikers ist hörbar und der Hörer erfährt physisch die durch die Musik vibrierende Luft, oder meint sie zu spüren ...

  • BKA-Theater
  • Mehringdamm 34, Berlin
  • Barrierefreiheit: Sehbehinderung und Blindheit / motorische Einschränkungen
  • Ticketpreis: 13.- / 9.- Euro
  • Kartenvorbestellung: 20 22 007
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