Diomira : for chamber jazz orchestra
by Peter Knight (2016)
Drawing inspiration from Diomira, one of the imaginary cities described in Italo Calvino's novella, Invisible Cities, the work sets up a post-minimal logic that refracts and disintegrates as we listen. The instrumentation of the chamber jazz orchestra is expanded with the unexpected additions of turntables, a reel-to-reel tape machine (which replaces the drum kit) and live laptop signal processing. The sounds of acoustic instruments and voices are interwoven with field recordings cut onto vinyl, and are filtered and augmented as Knight plays with our perceptions of what we hear and what we imagine we have heard. Time folds into itself in a very Calvino-esque manner, leaving us with the trace residue of moments half remembered.
Instrumentation: Two Bb trumpets, bass clarinet, bass trombone, female voice, electric violin, electric guitar, cello, double bass, vibraphone, tape machine, laptop (with Ableton Live), turntables.
Duration: 16 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Requires specialist skills in electroacoustic performance
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Art Orchestra.
Winner of the: Albert H Maggs Composition Award
Awards & Prizes
|2016||Albert H Maggs Composition Award||First Prize||Peter Knight|
Resonate article: 2016 Albert H Maggs Award to Peter Knight by Australian Music Centre
- In the form/style of: Jazz
Performances of this work
9 May 16: Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Elizabeth Murdoch Hall. Featuring Australian Art Orchestra.
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