Germany tour April: LOLA PERRIN & POLARIS
| Festivals & Clubs news | 2005-03-09
A LONDON COMPOSERS tour in Germany
Lola Perrin Solo Piano Artist: Following a handful of UK broadcast TV soundtrack commissions Lola Perrin worked in musical isolation for around a decade until she had fulfilled her wish to compose a series of imaginative piano pieces linked by an easily recognizable style that would become her hallmark. She launched herself as a solo piano artist in Nov. 2003. Some call her style minimalism, others say not; some say ambient and others say jazz. Lola likes to think of wings dancing to what she does, so she calls her style 'Rave Music for Butterflies'. In Germany she will be performing 'Perpetual Motion', her third piano suite, written after observing very young children exploring the piano keyboard without inhibitions. In copying their approach she freed musical ideas from deep in her imagination; these ideas formed the backbone of work. Performances also feature specially made video projections by filmmaker Thomas Gray (www.thegraycircle.co.uk)
Polaris: Davide Mantovani (bass) & Roberto Manes (violin). They start their tracks by playing a musical pattern (either with violin and bass, or any of the instruments they can play), and feeding it through a loop-delay. That will be their first, basic sound layer. The recording is then sent back in a playback fashion and they can record as many additional layers as they wish. They like to deal with sound in any shape or form. to an extent; they think that anything is a source of music, from rattling keys to bottle caps, to instruments. They are flexible in terms of the direction, they either create it all live or they follow some pre-arranged ideas. But nothing is pre-recorded. Everything is taken from the actual performance, the audience can clearly see and hear how the music is built, this makes them feel stimulated, the mood between audience and musicians becomes interactive. A high degree of confidence is needed to accomplish this music. The fact is they communicate on stage through the raising of an eyebrow, thus the music of Polaris flows naturally as a result of their long-standing friendship and experience of playing together over the years.