Six Moving Guitars, out on SOFA 31.5.2019
Six moving guitars is a choreographed musical piece for six performers.
The piece investigates how the sound from six acoustic guitars can be utilized as a sounding choreography, by means of fast rotating movements, pendulating, running and slow walking while activating the strings of the guitars.
The piece can also be seen as a study in how people, without necessarily being trained musicians, can act together in a musical situation based on awareness of listening and spatial orientation.
The performers move around in the performance space, each playing a guitar in various ways using open strings (with or without capos) in specific 5- or 7-limit just intonation tunings. The music is organized in three duos where the performers comprising a duo play in rhythmical unison patterns.
The piece came out of the collaborative work between three dancers and three musicians. The group’s goal was to work with choreography and sound as a unity, focusing solely on the sonic output of moving or spatially situated sound sources. Six Moving Guitars is the result of one of the pathways that the group followed, where the performers’ different ways of playing and moving acoustic guitars are all the choreographic elements. The music and the movements tied to the specific playing techniques and sounds are composed by Rasten, whereas the overall choreographic form is created through a process of playing and investigating the material collectively.
Marie Bergby Handeland
Erlend Olderskog Albertsen
Hans Pålsen Kjorstad
Catharina Vehre Gresslien
Recording by Espen Reinertsen
Video by Elin Osjord