friday 5 april – 9.30 pm
saturday 6 april – 5 pm

Chiesa Evangelica Metodista

Ellen Arkbro/Marcus Pal (S)


sound performance, italian première

Chords focuses on the qualities of harmonic sound that reveal listening to be an active process of participatory construction rather than mere observation. In Bologna, Ellen Arkbro presents her work for church organ and synthesis together with her collaborator Marcus Pal, as a part of Arkbro’s new series of pieces called Chords. By spectrally blending the acoustic sound of traditional instruments with carefully fine-tuned tonal synthesis, this work of slow harmonic emergence focuses on the unique textural capacities of precision tuned intervals and chords, revealing subtle facets of spatioharmonic complexity which may otherwise remain hidden.

Ellen Arkbro is a swedish composer and sound artist working with intervallic harmony in a context of high degree precision tuning. Her work includes long duration compositions for traditional acoustic instruments as well as for digital sound synthesis. In 2017, Arkbro released For organ and brass on Subtext label, a set of recordings of her compositions for renaissance organ, horn, trombone and microtonal tuba. Most recently, Arkbro has travelled and performed her work for organ and for synthetic tones, realising site-specific adaptations in places such as New York, Dresden, Copenhagen, Milan, Budapest and The Hague. Her work is heavily informed by her studies in intonation with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in New York, and with Marc Sabat in Berlin. She studied Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at Universität Der Künste in Berlin.

Marcus Pal is a sound artist and tuning theorist based in Stockholm. His theoretical work focuses on the mental construction of the contents of the particular kind of awareness known as harmonic sound, or what may be called harmonic auditory cognition. From 2013 to 2014, Pal received teachings from La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, while living and studying in the Church Street Dream House, New York. He has studied and worked regularly with Catherine Christer Hennix since 2013, realising numerous sound works and performing with the Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage.

church organ and computer