Hans Tammen’s latest project, the Third Eye Orchestra, is inspired by Earle Brown’s Available Forms. In tonight’s performance, various sections of musicians are given scores with modules from 2-36 bars in length, but the conductor is free to choose which modules are played next. Combining improvisational aspects with open form composition, the conductor uses the orchestra as an instrument, while each performer shapes the music through virtuosic improvisation and the individual stylization of musical performance.
The music focuses on polyrhythmic/polymetric structures, by playing several meters at once, or adding lines of rhythms on top of each other. Soloists experiment with all kinds of sounds, or microployphonic structures, wherein a layer of sound is created through carefully crafted small events. The music reminds us of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew period or of Steve Coleman, juxtaposed with GyÃ¶rgyi Ligeti’s micropolyphonic works or Steve Reich’s phase pieces.
With Mari Kimura (violin,) Mark Feldman (violin,) Stephanie Griffin (viola,) Tomas Ullrich (cello,) Briggan Kraus (alto sax, baritone sax,) Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet, alto sax,) Robert Dick (flute, contrabass flute,) Detlef Landeck (tuba,) Dafna Naphtali (voice, live sound processing,) Ursel Schlicht (piano,) Deman Maroney (piano,) Stomu Takeishi (bass,) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) and Hans Tammen (conduction/concept.)
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