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Sabat, Marc / Harmonic Space Orchestra: Gioseffo Zarlino (2015/2019) (Sacred Realism)

The third in a series of pieces inspired by ideas in the history of music theory, from composer Marc Sabat and inspired by Renaissance Italian Composer/Theorist Gioseffo Zarlino, performed in a 9-piece ensemble that cycles through voices, strings, harp, and flute, with instruments entering cycles at midpoints of prior loops to create weaving and graceful intersections.
 

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UPC: 5902249003024

Label: Sacred Realism
Catalog ID: sr010
Squidco Product Code: 29783

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Andreas Kirche, in Wansee, Berlin, Germany, in August, 2019, by Adam Asnan. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.


Personnel:

Marc Sabat-viola, composer

Rebecca Lane-quarter tone bass flute

Fredrik Rasten-guitar

Marta Garcia-Gomez-harp

Thomas Nicholson-positive organ

Catherine Lamb-voice

Yannick Guedon-voice

Silvia Tarozzi-violin

Deborah Walker-cello

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Artist Biographies:

"Canadian composer of Ukrainian descent Marc Sabat (*1965) has been based in Berlin since 1999. He makes pieces for concert and installation settings, drawing inspiration from investigations of the sounding and perception of Just Intonation and of various music traditions - folk, experimental and classical. He is a frequent collaborator, seeking fruitful interactions with other musicians and artists of visual and literary modes to find points of shared exploration and dialogue between various forms of experience. Sabat studied composition, violin and mathematics at the University of Toronto, at the Juilliard School in New York, and at McGill University, as well as working privately with Malcolm Goldstein, James Tenney and Walter Zimmermann. Together with Wolfgang von Schweinitz he has developed the Extended Helmholtz-Ellis JI Pitch Notation and is a pioneer of music written and performed in microtonal Just Intonation. He teaches composition and the theory and practice of intonation at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Scores and artist editions are available under a creative commons share-alike non-commercial license through Plainsound Music Edition."

-Marc Sabat Website (http://www.marcsabat.com/MSbio.html)
4/7/2021

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Rebecca Lane is a flute and bass flute performer from Melbourne who is currently based in Berlin.

-Squidco 4/7/2021

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Fredrik Rasten, guitarist / improviser / composer "I am a Norwegian guitarist (b. 1988) working in the field of experimental music, both improvised and composed. My main focuses are exploring and utilizing the acoustic possibilities of the steel string guitar, motivated by a fascination for the almost tactile experiences of acoustic phenomena. The last months I have been working extensively with intonation, with an extended concept of consonance as a point of departure, both in solo work and in duos with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen and bass player Jonathan Heilbron. I have also had the lucky opportunity to take lessons in this field with composer and violist Catherine Lamb.

Other music that I am inspired by includes wandelweiser music, traditional british folk and early music."



"Fredrik Rasten works with acoustic guitar and in exploring the possibilities for putting this instrument in new musical contexts. With extensive use of preparations and different non-tempered tunings, he creates warm sounds in gradual development. He also includes subtle use of the voice to make interfering thick timbres and tonalities in combination with the guitar. A goal for the music is to open a room for details that invites the listener inside the musical material in an active and exploring way.

He is also playing composed music, especially related to quiet / Wandelweiser music and Just Intonation music, and has performed pieces by Johan Lindvall, Antoine Beuger and Catherine Lamb."

-Fredrik Rasten Website (http://fredrikrasten.com/)
4/7/2021

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"Following interacting points within expanding harmonic space, Catherine Lamb has devoted her structural work to the inner life of tonality, constantly searching through the limits of human perceptions and resonances in overlaying atmospheres.

Lamb's continued series Prisma Interius (2016-ongoing), made with her partner and frequent collaborator Bryan Eubanks, filters the outside environment into a harmonic field, basso continuo, tanpura, or bridge between the musical form and the perceptual listening space. Her first orchestral work, Portions Transparent/Opaque (2014), was premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the 2014 Tectonics Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. After an extended tour of her solo work Shade/Gradient (2012) through North America in 2012, Lamb received a travel grant from the Henry Cowell Foundation, allowing her to pursue work with Eliane Radigue and to form new relationships with European musicians.Earlier in her career, Lamb studied under composers James Tenney and Michael Pisaro at the California Institute of the Arts, where she also met director and dhrupadi Mani Kaul. It was during this time that she began diving deeply into her own practice of what she later termed "the interaction of tone."

Lamb is the co-founder of Singing by Numbers (2009-11), an experimental vocal ensemble formed with Laura Steenberge that focused on pedagogical research around pure ratio tuning. She has written for ensembles such as Ensemble Dedalus, Konzert Minimal, the London Contemporary Orchestra, NeoN, Plus/Minus, and Yarn/Wire. Lamb is involved in ongoing research with Marc Sabat on intonation; with Johnny Chang on Viola Torros; develops work regularly with musicians such as Rebecca Lane, Dafne Vincente-Sandova, and Frank Reinecke; as well as taking part in Triangulum with Julia Holter and Laura Steenberge.

Lamb is the recipient of a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude (2016); an Emerging Composers Grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations (2008-09); and was a Staubach Fellow at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany (2016). Lamb's writings and recordings have been published by another timbre, Black Pollen Press, Kunst Musik, NEOS, THE OPEN SPACE Magazine, Q-O2, sacred realism, and winds measure recordings.She received a B.M. from California Institute of the Arts, and an M.F.A. in music/sound from Bard College."

-Foundation for Contemporary Arts (https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/recipients/catherine-lamb)
4/7/2021

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"Yannick Guédon is a French born composer, singer and performance artist, currently living in Brussels.His work focuses on tiny variations of timbres, the inner pulsation sensations and subjective notions of time, silence and error. He pays particular attention to the place and context in which each musical situation is displayed.

In 2006 he wrote his first piece, pitulatif, for a solo voice. He followed it with ticdê (2007) a vocal trio, infimie (2007)for voice, electroacoustic, video and light, soupir (2009) and pause (2010), for clarinet, guitar, percussion, cello and voice.In 2011 he initiated the cycle of situations a _ t e m p _ s, which generates:

a t t e m p _ s 2011, for treble viola da gamba, voice, birthday candles and electroacoustic setupa t _ e m p t _ 2012, sound research on the absence of the artist previously in residence_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2013, counting piece for voice and electroacoustic setupa _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2014, for voice hidden in the sound of a treble viola da gamba hidden in a noisy environment_ _ t e m p _ _ 2014, the four previous sound situations re-actualized for an exhibition made by Thomas Bernardet.

For 2015, he is preparing a trio he will play with Radu Malfatti and Deborah Walker, and a piece commissionned by thededalus ensemble.He also works for composer Eliane Radigue on Occam XXII - piece for solo voice, and with the musician Mattieu Delaunay on Pas à Pas - soundwalk created in 2014 and for which a second step is being prepared for 2016.

He has also performed with the following musicians among others : Didier Aschour, Antoine Beuger, Jean-Christophe Camps, Mattieu Delaunay, Jürg Frey, Thierry Madiot, Michael Pisaro, Carole Rieussec, Patrice Soletti, Deborah Walker.As a performer, he has worked with Roland Hayrabedian's contemporary chamber choir, composers such as Rodolphe Bourotte, Pascale Criton and György Kurtag Jr ; and the choreographers Chazallon&Chaput, Philipp Gehmacher, Marcos Simoes&Lilia Mestre, and Rémy Héritier. Since 2002 he has been involved in many performances created by the choreographer Laurent Pichaud."

-The Sound of Culture (http://soccos.eu/artists/detail/yannick-guedon)
4/7/2021

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"Silvia Tarozzi (1975) is a violinist, performer and improviser.

She obtained her diplomas at the Bologna and Rovigo conservatories (Italy), specialising under Master Enzo Porta (with whom she went on to establish a violin duo for a short and lucky period). Subsequently, she moved to Paris, where she studied with Jeanne Marie Conquer (Ensemble Intercontemporain) and Patrick Bismuth (baroque violin).

Her research on sound and instrumental gestures, fuelled by her own experience as an improviser, finds expression through several collaborations with composers.

She writes music for her own musical projects.

A few recent collaborations:

"Scrap" for violin and interactive electronics, by the Korean composer Hyun-Wa Cho, performed at the IRCAM institute in Paris;Original music for the contemporary dance production "DONC", for one violinist and four dancers, for Sylvain Groud's dance company;Original music for the poetry reading/concert "21 a Primavera", with poems written by Alda Merini and read by the actress Margherita Zanardi;

She plays violin with the Ensemble Dedalus, which boasts collaborations with many American and European composers (Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Jean-Luc Guilonnet, etc.). With the Ensemble Dedalus she also recorded the "Rational Melodies" by American composer Tom Johnson for New World Records.

She plays in a duo with Massimo Simonini (prepared theremin) (Hagen Festival, Santarcangelo dei Teatri, Mantica) and collaborated with him in writing and performing the music for the show "L'uccello di fuoco" by Chiara Guidi (Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio).

In 2010 she wrote the music for the video "Supermamie" by Thomas Mailaender, commissioned by the festivals Act'Oral (Marsiglia) and Sonorités (Montpellier).

Since 2011 she collaborates with composer Éliane Radigue. In 2012 she performed the world premiere of "Occam II" for solo violin and "Occam Delta I" for quartet (AngelicA Festival, Bologna), and "Occam River II" for violin and cello and "Occam Delta III" for violin, viola and cello in 2013 (Fragment Festival, Metz).

In 2010 she started a collaboration with composer Pascale Criton on the composition "Circle Process", which will be performed at the Musique Action Festival in Nancy and at Biennale Venezia Musica 2012.

Since 2012, she coordinates the activities of the "Piccolo Coro Angelico" choir: a vocal research and experimentation project for children, held at the Centre for Music Research - Teatro San Leonardo (Bologna, IT)."

-Silvia Tarozzi Website (http://www.silviatarozzi.it/biography/)
4/7/2021

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"Deborah Walker is a new music performer and improviser based in Paris. She was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1981 and studied cello in her hometown. After graduating she moved to Paris to continue her cello studies with Agnès Vesterman and Anssi Karttunen. Since 2007 she is a member of Dedalus, a variable ensemble which plays experimental and contemporary music, who has collaborations, among others, with Tom Johnson, Pascale Criton, Christian Wolff, Antoine Beuger and Jurg Frey.

Deborah Walker has collaborated with artists like Joëlle Leandre, Markus Stockhausen, Garrett List and Teri Weikel. She's currently working with composers Pascale Criton and Eliane Radigue in pieces for solo cello or small ensembles. She has played in many festivals such as I Suoni delle Dolomiti, Italia Wave, ZKN in Karlsruhe, Festival d'Avignon, Festival Nomad in M'Hamid (Morocco), Ze Couch (New York) and tours regularly around Europe. She also takes part in theater, dance and circus performances, both as composer and performer. Deborah is doing a Master in Sound and Music Composition at the University of Paris 8 (St. Denis). Her recordings include works by Tom Johnson played by the Dedalus Ensemble (New World), a live recording of the intuitive music quintet Flowers of Now(21st Records) as well as Frammenti di Scrittura Prematura (Imprint Records) and Imagine Book (ILDE)."

-euromicrofest (https://euromicrofest.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/deborah-walker-cellist/)
4/7/2021

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1. Gioseffo Zarlino (2015/2019) 01:12:13
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"Marc Sabat's Gisoeffo Zarlino is "the third in a series of pieces inspired by ideas in the history of music theory, which I seek to experience and unfold in a sounding world" (taken from the liner notes by the composer). In the piece, unfolding cyclically over 70 minutes, voices, strings, harp, and flute, weave through each other exploring a novel tonal space developed by the Renaissance Italian Composer-Theorist, Gioseffo Zarlino in 1558 and reinterpreted in the 21st Century by Sabat. By articulating minor differences in tone and interval (through instrumentation and vowel formants) during successive interpretations of the piece, Sabat conjures the spirit of restless innovation put forth, and all too often forgotten in modernity, over 400 years ago by music theorists such as Zarlino."-Sacred Realism



"I know it's a slightly unwieldy term, but I remember a lecturer at art school once described photography as 'drawing with light'. Photography is, of course, about making an image but whatever that may comprise of, light, it seems is the magic constant ingredient. If that same logic was to be applied to music, that ingredient may well be time.

Imagine a series of sounds collected and placed along a timeline. The pacing and patterning of rhythm, the transition between activity and silence, every imaginable sound and texture placed along a backbone of time, in infinite clock working patterns.

Gioseffo Zarlino is a new 73-minute-long composition by Berlin based Canadian, Marc Sabat, that plots a beautifully controlled sweep though universal time through almost imperceptible transitions. This album is based on the work of the renaissance music theorist of the same name, but any academic understanding is not vital to unlocking the music, beyond attentive listening.

The piece is dived into 9 sections, where each of them, other than the first, add or remove an element mid-way through each cycle. What results is a glorious see sawing between viola, cello, violin, harp, organ, guitar, bass flute, flute and voices. The changes between each sound feel like little more than different shades of the same colour, fluctuations in a prismatic beauty.

Whilst there is no doubt, the precision and elegance of players is awe inspiring, the collected sounds describe a magic seam between maths and the celestial. Sabat has taken something that might on paper, have been somehow remote. The sleeve describes a cool geometric symmetry, a form of the minimal, but what we end up in an endless spiral of something staggeringly emotional.

In our part of the world, the dark is stretching into our mornings and afternoon. The temperature is dropping as leaves fall. This recording is, however, perfect to loop for huge chunks of the day. Gioseffo Zarlino has a magic and subtle warmth radiating out of its oddly described heartbeats. Time well spent."-Obladada John, Obaladada


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