Anna Stegmann recorders | Jorge Jimenez vielle & baroque violin
Music by Beatriz de Dia, Biber, Bach, Ysaÿe, Berio, Bartók and others…
Our view of the moon is transfigured. Always present in the sky yet out of reach in the distance, it has been captivating mankind for centuries. In LUNARIS, recorder player Anna Stegmann and violinist Jorge Jimenez perform four sets around the different mythical phases of the moon. With various recorders, vielle and baroque violin, they take the audience on a journey in which early mediaeval music effortlessly blends with compositions from the last decades.
In each phase, the position of the earth changes in perspective to the moon, through which we see it in various appearances, from full moon to total darkness. In the four musical "sets" inspired by these phases and presented as a unit through soundscapes, the perception and conventional definition of various musical epochs is challenged: love songs of medieval trourbardours merge with the sounds of Luciano Berio; Eugène Ysaÿe converses with Johann Sebastian Bach.
In esotericism, the moon phases are attributed to influence on human behaviour and emotions. In LUNARIS, each phase of the moon is associated with expressions and moods that are musically enacted throughout the programme. An exciting travel through sonic spaces, in which the gap between old and new music slowly diminishes as the moon presents itself to us in its different shapes.
Courageously they combine thoughtfully selected music from the twelfth to the 21 century, which they interweave on stage by a prudent choreography and attractive electronic soundscapes – in such a way that the music seems to evolve from one era only: the world of today.
Susanne Schulte, September 2019