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The Luminosa String Orchestra
Luminosa perform Grüner Hegge - led by Paul Ezergailis
This beautiful piece of music written by Norwegian composer Odd Grüner Hegge was written in 1943, Elegaic Melody is a lament for the dead; this profound piece of music is a delicate and beautiful melody, rich in texture and emotion - a sublime but powerful testimony to lives lost; poignantly sad at this time in 2022, of war and loss. What beauty from terror and tragedy.
Sam Perkin Vizualisations performed by the Luminosa String Orchestra
ABOUT THE WORK Visualization is a work in which the musicians elegantly throw/scatter invisible music to each other, over the listeners, and also over anyone in the vicinity. These invisible tones wash over the audience, bathing them in sound. This ritual-like work was composed for the Luminosa String Orchestra for the resonant space of Galway Cathedral. It is intended that the piece be performed in a very resonant space, in order for the musicians to be able to share their sounds fully, and physically, with the audience. It is hoped that the work can be performed as a sort of ritualistic return to live performance, after the onslaught of Covid-19. The piece is in part inspired by the work of Pauline Oliveros, Robert Fripp, Juraj Kojs, and Dalcroze practitioner Diane Daly. Workshops on the sound meditations of Pauline Oliveros were carried out by composer Sam Perkin with the musicians of Luminosa Orchestra. For Sam, this was an essential part of putting the work together. This involved exploring one's ears, voice and physicality, key elements in the new work. As well as these sound meditations, Diane Daly, a specialist in the Dalcroze method of movement and music, also carried out workshops with the musicians of Luminosa, providing a route for everyone to physically feel their way to the heart of this new work, in order to offer it to the listener/viewer in the most meaningful way.