alif is a large-scale music theatre / concert installation project, developed in collaboration with samir odeh-tamimi, jeremias schwarzer and chiharu shiota. alif further involves salome kammer, zafraan ensemble and folkert uhde.
with a duration of five hours, alif spans an evening of newly composed electronic works by stefan goldmann and ensemble and chamber works by samir odeh-tamimi, as well as improvisation dialogues between electronics and voice, recorder and organ. vocal performer salome kammer’s protagonist status is countered by an contrasting array of synthetic, voice-like sound layers.
staged in a spatial setting developed by folkert uhde, the music is interwoven with a room-spanning installation by visual artist chiharu shiota. shiota’s installation consists of a vast network of transparent tubes through which a red liquid is pumped in polymetric rhythmic cycles. the installation’s layout shifts over time, with musicians altering their positions within the setting. enhanced by audio and video amplifications, aural and visual aspects of this specific grouping of installation and music form an integrated temporal and spatial entity.
at the berlin premiere, the audience entered the room through a tunnel below radialsystem, to find itself climbing into a diving bell-like situation. within the room different areas and viewpoints could be chosen, allowing for changing perspectives over time.
the nuremberg version included significant adaptations, developed as site-specific aspects of the work in conjunction with the acoustics of the historic st.lorenz church. The performance integrated multi-channel diffusion, directing sound into different reverberant subsettings within the nave, and extensive improvisation exchanges between stefan goldmann and experimental organist jan dolezel.
compositions: samir odeh-tamimi, stefan goldmann (world premieres)
installation: chiharu shiota
artistic director: jeremias schwarzer
voice: salome kammer
recorder, conductor: jeremias schwarzer
live electronics: stefan goldmann
spatial concept: folkert uhde
dramaturgy: ilka seifert
production: zafraan ensemble / sebastian solte
rehearsal photography by folkert uhde / andreas höfer