(bad-weather alternative date: 15.7.)
Anne Marie Legenstein, mise-en-scène
Klaus Kuchling, conductor
Carinthian choirs and brass bands
Nageler Schifffahrt Ossiacher See
Freiwillige Feuerwehr Kärnten
wia a Spiagl – like a mirror – the motto of the Carinthian Summer Festival of 2018 also plays a focal role for the spatial-acoustic composition of the Carinthische Wassermusik / Carinthian Water Music 2018. The line from the lyrics of this well-known Carinthian folk song inspired Manuela Kerer and she used it in various forms in her composition.
Here is what she says about her new work for Ossiach: „The terms reflection, scatter, absorption, parallelism, image – words associated with the physical properties of a mirror – also play a role in the composition. All in all, there are many moments and bodies of sound which are mirrored: wood winds – brass instruments, the choir in itself, as it is divided into three groups, or electronic/acoustic sounds.
The Carinthische Wassermusik / Carinthian Water Music of 2018 will be an aural installation which also progresses in time. This is the purpose of the setup in a large area; musicians have fixed positions whilst electronic sounds coming from ships and specially created audio tracks on pedal boats are moving towards the lakeshore. In the fifth and final section of the composition the focus is first on electronic sounds and the sound sources on the lake, with all musicians moving closer to the audience. At the end, they will all be singing together: Übarn See sing ih ume …
All things considered, the water of Lake Ossiacher See also plays a crucial role, of course. The murmur of the rippling waves is an important part of the composition. It will moreover be processed live using electronics, and all its textures will become audible this way.
To me, it is incredibly valuable and interesting to see so many local musicians and helpers taking part in the Carinthische Wassermusik / Carinthian Water Music, all doing their best with a lot of motivation and their own heart’s blood. I wanted to give them by all means an acoustic space created just for them, and I wanted each of the many contributors to be like a living instrument. I achieved this with one rhythmical moment in the composition where each musician plays or sings the notes at the speed of his/her heartbeat. Moreover, there is another part which each musician uses a special instrumental/voice technique to spell out his/her first name in Morse code at the speed of his/her own heartbeat. What I get is very interesting polyrhythmia and the sounds of the Carinthian water people.“
Admission is free! Observation points for the audience in Ossiach
With support by Gemeinde Ossiach, Kärntner Blasmusikverband and Kärntner Landesfeuerwehrverband.