"In 2009, I was commissioned by guitarist Matthew Marshall to write something for a tour he was planning of New Zealand. Matthew already had an impressive contemporary repertoire for the classical guitar, but had recently embraced the electric as well. Having acquired a Boss DD-20 looping pedal, he wanted something that would explore this very different sound world to best effect. Being rather critical of many so-called ‘looping’ pieces - the way the loops restrict form and development and often encourage a lazy kind of layering of sound - I resolved to rise to this challenge by researching deeply into their untapped potential. After many months of trial and error, pushing the loop pedal to its extremes, adding E-Bow (a hand-held electro-magnetic device for sustaining notes) and re-tuning the guitar microtonally, I found a music that I’d long felt in my bones but never before quite been able to express; an ambient music, one that dared only to hint at ideas; music that could perhaps go on forever."
Chris Best: description taken from Chris’s web site.
On the 19th June this year as part of UCF’s summer festival, I was lucky enough to attend Chris’s performance of his recent re-working of “Echoes of a Lost Music”. I was captivated, unfortunately for Chris I spent the entire performance with my eyes shut as the music completely transported me off within my head on a visual abstract journey. There was simplicity, a minimalist edge to the images that swirled about my brain but also a great depth, the same sort of impact a Rothko painting has upon my head and it is these suggestions, qualities and murmurings that I hope to try and capture with my choreography for this piece.
There will be a mathematical edge to the choreography to “Echoes of a Lost Music”, I intend to use either 3 or five dancers for several reasons, one they are prime numbers, numbers that have simplicity, the division by themselves and 1 as the only divisions, but also with a depth, they are natural numbers, building blocks. I also like the unevenness this will create with the formations of movement which is an aspect I wish to explore within the choreography, “Echoes of a Lost Music” is not a conventional score, it is not uniformed, but it is also not out of control, the dancers will echo this within their movement. Just as Chris aimed for music that hinted at ideas, a music that perhaps could go on forever, the movement will aim to hint at a bigger picture, something abstract and beyond, perhaps a movement that could go on forever?
The music will be performed live and there will be no set, no props, just the dancers, the music and the lighting, which at present I see as cool hues, striking and simple, with the dancer’s appearance following in a similar vein.
Performance 3rd December 2011 at “In The Flesh” Barbican Plymouth.
and 13th march 2012, Bristol Bierkeller, doors 7.30pm £7:00