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Plus Minus Ensemble: Morphing Time
Deep Time is Fruitmarket’s first festival of new music featuring commissions and performances from some of the leading radical and experimental composers, musicians and improvisors working today
Sunday 19.11.23. 7.30–10pm. Free or pay what you can (suggested donation £10). Book via Eventbrite
7.30–8.30pm Plus Minus Ensemble: Morphing Time
Plus Minus Ensemble presents a programme that invites the listener into contact with the material nature of sound, rather than what it represents. The evening opens with the premiere of Dundee-based Japanese composer Shiori Usui’s commission written for Plus Minus Ensemble while Usui was composer-in-residence for Deep Time in the archive of nineteenth-century Scottish geologist Charles Lyell, in a partnership between Fruitmarket and the University of Edinburgh.
Usui’s new work explores the layering of instrumental and electronic sound, drawing on the theory of uniformitarianism established by Lyell – the theory that changes in the Earth’s crust during geological history have resulted from the action of continuous and uniform processes – and inspired by a rock specimen collected by Lyell which holds the impressions of raindrops from millions of years ago. Developing this sound world, Franzson’s time-stretching work slows down the body and mind to draw one into the grain of sound. Lim’s duo is titled after the Viking rune symbolising fertility and imagines a ritualistic creation of sound itself, while Crane sustains the most elemental of musical objects to create a feeling of timelessness and space. Closing the evening, Lang’s Game series creates a dynamic and reactive environment for the performers who negotiate an overlapping stack of interacting loops.
Shiori Usui Morphing Time, 2023 (new commission for Fruitmarket, world premiere)
Liza Lim Inguz, 1996
Davíð Brynjar Franzson Ideation #2.1, 2018
Laurence Crane Riis, 1996
Bernhard Lang GAME 5-4-2, 2019
Join us in the bar for drinks and late night DJ/curated playlists by musicians in the programme
Supported by The Leche Trust and Longrow Capital and Lee Qian