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Listen: Jakob Ullmann's Horos Meteoros

July 2015

Listen to a recording of a rehearsal of the German composer’s Horos Meteoros

Jakob Ullmann writes about his work: “Horos Meteoros was commissioned by The Gare Du Nord centre of contemporary culture in Basel for a greater project which was dedicated to the Badischer Bahnhof building. It was asked that the participating artists and historians reflect in their work the situation of a railway station operating near a national border, and should be aware of the special history of this building. I planned a kind of opera, but an opera without a stage and without musicians in the hall where the listeners are. The listeners shall look to an empty space for the whole presentation – the musicians in other rooms (the basement, other levels and rooms) than the listeners. In the special case of the performance in Basel the concept did not work so well because the stage was not empty but occupied by instruments, stands and loudspeakers for the second part of the presentation. I used texts from Aeschylus and Euripides to avoid making clear references to the station. This is also the reason to have an aulos player (an instrument of Greek antiquity) among the musicians.”

Ullmann is a participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art from Europe. As part of the project, his works Solo I, Solo II and Solo IV will be performed at the 2015 edition of Skaņu Mežs festival in Riga, Latvia on 10 October. Ullmann will also give a lecture at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music on 9 October.

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