On Saturday I went along to eXcentris, conceived of as a laboratory, to see a collaboration between Matt Haimovitz, Du Yun and the TML. Although I only found out fairly late on, due to problems with the TML mailing list, I was lucky enough to get a complimentary ticket. The music was different to anything else I’ve heard before (check out Matt’s website to listen) and was comprised of interwoven compositions and improvisations. The TML – more specifically Tim and Morgan, along with Michael – were involved in the production of real-time responsive visuals which were captivating. These visuals were projected onto a collection of special sheets, just to one side of the musicians (see the photo below). They have been on a mini-tour together so I was very pleased to see them in action! I’m now hoping to find out how they went about making the visuals and how they worked with Matt and Du Yun…
Matt Haimovitz with special guest, Du Yun
FIGMENT – works for solo cello, electronics and video
Matt Haimovitz’s new album and tour, FIGMENT is the latest evolution of the world-renowned cellist’s signature solo set, embracing the contemporary musical communities of his two home countries, Canada and the US.
Inspired by centenarian composer Elliott Carter and his two Figments for solo cello, the program brings together a wide range of important new music for solo cello and cello and electronics by leading and emerging North American composers. From the Middle Eastern microtones of Gilles Tremblay’s Cèdres en voile: Thrène pour le Liban, to Ana Sokolovic’s Balkan folk-influenced Vez, from Serge Provost’s cutting-edge Les Vertiges de S. for electronically-processed solo cello, to up and coming composer/songstress Du Yun’s San, a deconstruction of haunting ancient Chinese fragments. The program also includes music by Steven Stucky, Luna Pearl Woolf, and sample-artist Socalled.
Haimovitz will be joined by composer Du Yun on vocals, laptop, and keyboard to perform their original song, Miranda, and to improvise segues between the composed works, creating a seamless musical arc.
Haimovitz and Du Yun will be accompanied by real-time responsive visuals created by Timothy Sutton and Morgan Sutherland of the Topological Media Lab, Concordia University, Montreal.