Commissioned by New Music Edmonton for its 2020-21 No Normal Season.
Composer Nico Arnáez, originally from Mendoza region of Argentina, has lived in amiskwaciy/ Edmonton for over a decade. As a composer, sound artist, improviser and collaborative artist he has been involved in an amazing array of projects since moving here. New Music Edmonton has commissioned a new work, Duo I, for soprano and computer, with the assistance of The Edmonton Arts Council.
Vocalist Jessica Wagner is widely experienced in a range of repertoires, from early music to complex new works for voice and electronics. She is both a teacher and a performer in the amiskwaciy/ Edmonton area, and worked collaboratively with Nico Arnáez during the composition and recording of Duo I.
Program Notes for the piece:
Duo I, starts a series of compositions for solo instrument and live interactive electronics. Each piece of the series will be dedicated to the performer who premiers the work, since its composition is developed following instrumentalist's musicality, preferences, most enjoyed technics, and such. It has been a real honor to work on this inaugural work with Jessica!
On this collaboration, human and computer play a crucial role when working together to build their own interpretation of the written work. The piece’s soul is based on the given artistic capability of the computer, a software that listens, waits, and interpret it musical lines in conjunction with the performer, as is traditionally done in a duo of two human performers.
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