"Black Box Music" for one performer and his Black Box and Ensemble of 15 Musicians
Concept and Music imagined by Simon Steen-Andersen
Black Box Construction and realization: Pia Matthes
Technic/set-up Audio & Video: Emilio Guim
Performance given during the festival Wege Der Wahrnehmung in Neubad (Luzern) the 5th April 2019
With the support of Edwin Fischer Foundation, Joseph Müller Foundation Muri and Michael Kaufmann, director of the Musik Hochschule Luzern
Black Box Music is an ambitious piece that mixes music, video, light and scenography.
This "Black Box" is a "miniature theater" where a camera diving at the end of the box films, the actions of the hands of the percussionist who are projected in real time on a giant screen placed at the back of the stage. To the gestures or manipulations of objects of the percussionist, respond musical actions performed by 15 musicians divided into 3 groups around the public.The starting point is the classical soloist-conductor, only in this case, the conducting and solo part are one and the same. Black Box Music could be said to be a deconstruction of conducting and puppet theater as well as an exploration and exploitation of the audio/visual relations inherent in conducting and staging.