The focus of Hildur Guðnadóttir’s music is on the unusual instrument Ómar, with clarinettists Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke experimenting with microtonal structures.
With Hildur Guðnadóttir (IS)
With Kai Fagaschinski (DE) & Michael Thieke (DE)
Music, space, time, motion – the interplay of these elements has always held a special fascination for the cellist and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. For some time now she has been working together with instrument maker Hans Jóhannsson on developing a new instrument: Ómar is a kind of surround cello with integrated filter chip, without a body of its own but which can be connected to a wide range of sound-boxes.
In Guðnadóttir’s music, the sound of Ómar, iridescent in ever changing colours, and her voice engage in an intense dialogue. The two clarinettists Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke also conduct a musical colloquy when they present their jointly composed pieces. The vocabularies of two musician figures, each distinctively formulated, combine to form a common musical language that is as puristic as it is complex. The focus of Fagaschinski and Thieke’s research interest is on experimenting with multiphonics and microtonal structures – as with Hildur Guðnadóttir, the aim, then, is to work consciously with the movement of sound in space.
In cooperation with SHAPE – Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe
Hildur Guðnadóttir is SHAPE artist
Supported by the “Creative Europe” programme of the European Union