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Songs From Elsewhere : voice with piano

by Sven-Ake Johansson and Simon James Phillips (2017)

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Work Overview

Assuming that there is a from-elsewhere, this constellation of songs is clear evidence for it; - the pieces you hear don't have a fixed geographic or musical home in terms of their harmonic or textual form - but come from some intangible elsewhere. So you listen more intensely in order to pick out some identifiers for yourself. This delicate "elsewhere" becomes apparent through nuances of contrast and colour.

We went for an improvisational approach, using existing texts of mine and, in parts, of his as the basis for our performances and recordings. The two voices are contrapuntal, the piano cannot really be called the accompaniment, it is almost autonomous: more melody than accompaniment."

Sven- Åke Johansson

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Voice, piano.

Difficulty: Advanced

 The piano accompaniment is improvised directly from the text and in reaction to the vocal delivery.

Performances of this work

8 Dec 18: Ausland, Berlin.

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