My work ‘Infinitely ethereal’ for solo Bassoon (2018) will be premiered by the amazing bassoonist Rebekah Heller (International Contemporary Ensemble ICE) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music next Friday, October 26th.
This piece is inspired in a fragment of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway: “and lit in him such a fire as burns only once in a lifetime, without heat, flickering a red gold flame infinitely ethereal and insubstantial […].”
The way in which she describes that volatile condition made me think about the constant interaction of uncontrolled and unexpected forces in a wide range of possibilities. Consequently, I assumed the low register and the physical experience of the corporeal attributes of the instrument (size, shape, material) as images of the strength and power of such a passion. Also, I follow the idea of fragility, the flickering flame, to approach ethereal qualities of the bassoon’s sound through diverse techniques that allowed me to work on the complexity of its movement and transformation to create unstable and unique timbres.
With enormous satisfaction I share the publication of my article “El timbre: noción y experiencia creativa” [Timbre: Notion and Creative Experience] in the journal Ensayos: Historia y Teoría del Arte Vol. 21 N° 33. Institute of Aesthetics Research, Faculty of Arts, Universidad Nacional de Colombia [Article in Spanish].
This article corresponds to the first chapter of my Master’s Thesis: Reflexiones sobre el proceso creativo de un ciclo de piezas transmediales y colaborativas, articuladas por la exploración tímbrica a través de la interacción del sonido y el movimiento [Reflections about the creative process of a cycle of transmedial and collaborative pieces, articulated by the timbral exploration through sound and movement interaction]. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Mexico, 2015.
All the pieces of this research are available on my vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/micheleabondano
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I have been awarded an AHC Doctoral Research Scholarship granted by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures of the University of Leeds (UK) to pursue a PhD in Composition with composers Martin Iddon and Scott Mc Laughlin as thesis supervisors. It will be my first experience of life outside Latin America. I am extremely happy to start this new stage of my career in September. I am deeply grateful!