This is an excerpt from the piece, Sǟniya, written by Gerard Valverde and myself.
Winner of the Beca Horta Sonora 2018 – Nitrato de Chile
Sarah Claman – Conduction
Gerard Valverde – Live Electronics
Agrupació de música tradicional “Pepe Penya” de Foios – Performance
Sǟniya is piece is for an ensemble of traditional Valencian instruments (dolçaines and tabals) with live electronics.
The piece centres on a conducted improvisation that uses gestures and sonic materials from the Valencian music tradition as well as sounds from agricultural machineries that harness the energy of water (mills, conveyors, pumps, etc.).
Taking the orchards and fields as a geographic and metaphorical space, it explores the confrontation between water as a chaotic natural element and the use (control) of this water by humans as an energy source and political resource. This dichotomy is the characteristic element of the piece. Friction is established between the “predictability” of direction, timbre, gesture and form and the “unpredictability” granted by the freedom of choice within the musical improvisation.