This concert brings together works by three American
composers (Anne LeBaron, Catherine Lamb and Mary Jane Leach) and the premiere
of a piece by Inés Badalo commissioned to this young Luso-Spanish
composer within the context of a dialogue with Louise Bourgeois’ exhibition.
In ‘Noh Reflections’, by Anne LeBaron, there is
the inspiration of Japanese Noh theatre sonorities and also of the balance and
contrast between formal abstraction and a strong emotional expressivity and of
the tension between order and plasticity that can be found in that artistic
‘Dowland’s Tears’, by Mary Jane Leach is based
on “I Saw My Lady Weep”, by John Dowland, the British baroque composer who
chose melancholy as the central theme of his oeuvre. Leach explores that state
of mind and the possibility of transfiguring it through the resonances and musical
colours of the piece.
In ‘three bodies (moving)’, Catherine Lamb creates a vast spatial-temporal field to weave a musical fabric punctuated by
discreet expressive fluctuations and respirations. This fabric becomes a web of
responsibilities shared by the composer, the musicians and the audience, as
well as a refuge for experimenting with active listening, which involves the
choice between different positions in the perceptual spiral connecting a
central individual stance to that which stands on the outside.
‘Noh Reflections’ (1985) by Anne LeBaron;
‘Dowland’s Tears’ (2018) by Mary Jane Leach;
'Grid' (2021), by Inés Badalo [new piece];
‘three bodies (moving)’ (2010) by Catherine Lamb.
ars ad hoc
Coproduction: Arte No Tempo e Fundação de Serralves