FRI 27 Mar 2015, 20:30 & 22:00
“Longitude”, a work by New York-based Icelandic composer Davíð Brynjar Franzson, is at the same time a stage composition and installation. Franzson was inspired by the glamorous figure of Danish adventurer Jørgen Jørgensen and his stories of the colonization and liberation of Iceland in the early 19th century. He was interested in the question of how contradictory identities in one person can be reconciled, how one can simultaneously be a hero and a traitor, colonizer/occupier and liberator. During the piece, this narrative unfolds less in a linear story but rather in an interplay of sounds, images and actions on the stage. In the original stage work, “Longitude” takes place on a mobile stage setting that continuously recontextualizes the sound textures through the performers’ actions and through changes in the scenery, offering the visitor ever new perspectives.
For MaerzMusik, Davíð Brynjar Franzson and the Ensemble Adapter musicians attempt a purely acoustic version of “Longitude” that has to date yet to be realised. Robbed of its visual and performative level of interpretation, the work emerges in all its subtle force, unfolding a slow, free breath in a thousand sonic nuances that seem to be sustained by a bygone language.
Davíð Brynjar Franzson
for flute, contrabass clarinet, cello, piano, percussion and electronics (2014)
WP of the concert version
In the ExRotaprint canteen:
Bergensbanen minutt for minutt
Video installation, NRK/Norsk rikskringkasting, 2009