“SON((O))SPHERE – Metropolis and the Myths” – Szymanowski & The Mud Cavaliers

The SON((O))SPHERE performances by the Mud Cavaliers & Guests will take place in four different capital cities of Europe: Moscow, Minsk, Berlin and Brussels. The project uses the sound landscapes, photographs and video recordings of the cities where concerts are to be performed. All the musical pieces of these concerts are going to be built with sounds of chosen cities (transmitted live via microphones set outside the concert venue)  weaved live into music compositions and also other sounds of capitals (recorded earlier and transformed during the concert). The music performances are to be accompanied by special analog projections prepared particularly for, and referring to the history and present days of these cities. Each time the SON((O))SPHERE concert is going to differ from the previous one (both in visual artwork and musically). Just like sound spaces and landscapes of each city differ from one another, however, the idea of the SON((O))SPHERE work remains unite for all of its performances, and by the context of Szymanowski’s works, the whole spectacle becomes an expression of emotional bond and shared feelings.

Into the construction of this spectacle are to be entered some musical quotations from “Myths” by Karol Szymanowski. The performance will include images, poetry and social ideas of Moscow, and its composition will reflect the character of the city and refer to life in it – this is where the three thematic parts of the composition come from: Shape (illumination, shape, structure), Lure (sensuality, impression), solitude (loneliness, closure, isolation). Each of these parts is colored by quotes from Karol Szymanowski’s “Myths”, entitled: “The Fountain of Arethusa”, “Dryads and Pan” and “Narcissus”.

Project implemented by Polish Section of International Society for Contemporary Music on the Occasion of Polish Presidency in European Union in the second half of the year 2011- Programme “Polish Presidency 2011 – Promesa”

Project cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland