The two musicians/performers Geoff Leigh and Cristiana Vignatelli meet here for the first time to initiate an improvised music performance for flute, voice and electronics. A modern ritual in an imaginative cave, where the music reflects around the space through the austere and totemic circular devices.
The public is invited to actively participate in the performance by interacting with the sound mirrors and discovering the subtle sonic reflections they create.
Voices of a cavern where Echo and Pan are at play.
The performance lasts for approximately forty minutes; the installation will remain in place for the duration of the weekend; a looped recording will play continuously in the absence of the performers.
The work takes inspiration from the early 20th century "Listening Ears", passive acoustic devices built around coastal towns in Kent, south-east England, between 1915 and 1930, to function as acoustic radar to detect approaching war planes. A technology that soon became obsolete.
The six sound mirrors placed in a circle create a whispering aural flux where subtle sounds of decaying rocks evoke lost soundscapes, caves of an old civilization, while creating a spatiality specific to viewer/listener interaction. Archeological relics triggering reflections, and the creation of a participatory zone.
Geoff Leigh (UK) is well known for his work with Henry Cow in the early 70's, as well as contributing to fellow Virgin bands of the time Hatfield And The North & Slapp Happy. Over the years he has performed with members of Faust, Henry Cow, Porcupine Tree, Nurse With Wound, Univers Zero, Aksak Maboul, Acid Mothers Temple, and musicians such as Max Manac'h, Mitsuru Tabata, Tatsuya Yoshida, Aogu Tanimoto, Kazuto Shimizu, Filippo Opaki, Yumi Hara, Sawada, Anthony Donovan, Uwe Bastianson (Stadtfischflex), Magnus Alexanderson, Adriano Lanzi, Tim Bowness, & Nana Tsiboe. He is currently a member of Murmurists, The Warrior Squares, Jump For Joy (featuring members of Faust & Henry Cow), and The Artaud Beats (also featuring Henry Cow alumni).
Cristiana Vignatelli is a visual artist and singer from Rome based in The Hague. As vocalist she has collaborated with jazz and electronic groups as well as being active in the musical improvisation field. As visual artist her research explores the experimental aspects of the processing of matter, always on the brink between formalism and its deconstruction. By introducing a sonic dimension in her works she investigates the link between sound and formal element and how this relationship can strengthen or change the perception of space. Her sculptural works and sound installations have been presented in museums - National Museum of Modern Art in Rome, Gemeente Museum in The Hague - and in galleries in Italy, Netherlands and South Korea.