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Gradations of Light

September 2, 2016


Gradations of Light, is a suite of seven graphic scores made in collaboration with American pianist Marilyn Crispell. Marilyn is based in Woodstock NY and I visited her in February this year for ten days. We worked intensively to create a number of ideas for images and sounds. Woodstock is surrounded by trees and I walked through forests every morning which I realise inspired some of the ‘grid’ matrices I used for the scores, especially Morning. Marilyn introduced different calligraphic lines and geometric shapes to each matrix, with the sounds she wanted to play already in mind. Each image was made in response to a time of day: moving from dark to light and back to twilight.

We will be exhibiting Gradations of Light at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, NY, August 25 – October 8 2017.

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We had one day in a recording studio for Marilyn to play the pieces solo, and she invited David Rothenberg to perform duets with her. In the end there are recordings of all seven scores played solo, and with six played as duets. Marilyn creates a wide range of sounds on the piano, playing the strings as well as the keyboard. David played clarinet, following the long winding black lines that appear in Dawn with beautiful, long, undulating notes.  He also created a number of digital beats/pulses to reflect the repetitive nature of the ‘grids’.  Not how I imagined a recording studio!  A beautiful and creative space to work in.

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