How do you capture reality in a piece of music? American composer Chaz Underriner, nominated for the Gaudeamus Award 2017, is fascinated by the Greek concept of ‘mimesis’ – the imitation of reality in art – and by the magical realism of Japanese author Haruki Murakami. In his own work he focuses on landscapes. Instead of the familiar two-dimensional paintings of landscapes, he creates multisensorial works in which he sketches overwhelming worlds by using video, field recordings and live music.
So far Underriner has written five different Landscape pieces, which he composed in such a way that they could be combined in an ambitious audiovisual installation. It will be brought to life for the first time tonight. The young, talented musicians from Ensemble Modelo62, an international ensemble based in The Hague, do not shy away from performing music in unusual settings combined with interdisciplinary experiments. They accepted the challenge and will premiere this spectacular piece tonight.
Download here the handout for this concert.
Photo © Carlos Jacques Anderson
Chaz Underriner - Landscape Series: 1