Buono/Gemert/Karttunen/Muurinen: Et in Arcadia ego – the aural garden of sounding materials
Sofia Buono mezzo soprano, voice-improvisation
Yoldia van Gemert, dance, choreography
Assi Karttunen, musician, improvisations, artistic designer, research texts Timo Muurinen sound engineer, artistic designer
Jean-Henri d’ Anglebert (1629–1691): Gaillarde, O beau jardin (from Les Pièces Manuscrites)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704): Sans frayer Stefano Landi (1587–1639) Augellin Graham Lynch (b. 1959): Pastorale (2015), Rondeau
How does an intrinsic utopia perform? Do we have an access to Arcadia?
Et in Arcadia ego is an auditory garden deriving its inspiration from 17th-century European meditation gardens. The organic sound material recorded in advance is related to wooden instruments like organ pipes, psalteries and harpsichords, including also concrete sounds of wood, cones, stalks and sticks. These sounds and the repertory of the concert work as a basis for the improvisations sung by mezzo soprano Sofia Buono and played by harpsichordist Assi Karttunen and danced by Yoldia van Gemert.
Sound designer Timo Muurinen will project these sounds into the concert venue by multi- channel audio equipment aiming at relative silence created by a surprising ’animated’ sound. 1 The distances and the surroundability of the sounds are taken into consideration in this auditory garden’s design. The performance develops performativity of classical music by subtly varying its parameters.
The textual fragment ’et in Arcadia ego’ is echoing the Eclogue V by Virgil, which tells about shepherds at the grave of Daphnis. “I was Daphnis in the woods, known from here to the stars, lovely the flock I guarded, lovelier was I.”’
In connection with the Uniarts Helsinki Research Pavilion in Venice, the Sibelius Academy is organising a Nordic research symposium "Encounters, Discussions, Experimentations: Art, Research and Artistic Research in Music” together with its partners, the Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research at the Norwegian Music Academy and the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. The two-day event focuses on music and the multifaceted interrelationships between music and research, as well as artistic research in music. One of the aims of the event is to generate Nordic collaboration to foster the planning and organising of research symposia/conferences and research projects as well as publications.
The Research Pavilion is created and hosted by Uniarts Helsinki, and realized together with the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and the Swedish Art Universities’ collaboration Konstex in co-operation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Zurich University of the Arts.