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Portfolio 2012: Boesch / Peter / Rosenberger at UC San Diego

land – material – people

When: Thursday, October 11th, 2012, 8:00 pm
Where: CPMC Theatre, UC San Diego


Interpretations, transformations and responses these are procedures at the heart of the project “PORTFOLIO” by the Swiss musicians Christoph Boesch (flute, voice, electronics), Thomas Peter (programming, electronics) and Katharina Rosenberger
(composition, electronics).

“PORTFOLIO” 2012 is dedicated to the concept of “origins” and to photography. As a point of departure serves the portfolio of three prominent Swiss photographers: Robert Frank (1924), Christian Lichtenberg (1953), and Sarah Girard (1978). Three generations of artists, well travelled, observant of culture and rituals, present in their artwork distinct perspectives of belonging and heritage.

The land described, materials exposed and people’s faces and gestures examined, these are the elements from which composer Katharina Rosenberger derives her musical framework. Proportions, shapes, lines, and contrasts inform the compositional structure, inspiration is drawn from patterns, rhythms, and surfaces for sonorous textures and motifs, and a mood or a disposition that a photograph reveals, is reflected in density or lightness, and the numerous shades that acoustic and electronic timbres may produce. Rosenberger’s adaptation of the photographs are captured in a series of mobile, semi- notated vignettes and interludes whose organization and spatial placement unfold “live” in the performance by flutist Christoph Boesch and laptop artist Thomas Peter. While Boesch interprets and elaborates on the score, Peter processes in real-time the sound of the flute and voice and channels the music over a surround sound system.

In “PORTFOLIO” 2012, the audience is invited to absorb with their minds and bodies
sonic translations of invisible photographs. To see with their ears landscapes and
people, shapes and materials, and to take with them a snapshot of a unique musical
moment that might spark new interpretations of the sound images remembered, when
returning to the actual work of these photographers.

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