A duo(s) Mats Gustafsson with John Russell & Phil MintonBocian bc lo
João Pedro Viegas, Nicola Guazzaloca, Alvaro Rosso and Carlos “Zíngaro”come together for “A Pearl in Dirty Hands”. A story told by one, two, three or four voices, together and in turn, through trials, questions, answers, thoughts, gestures, signs and impressions, in the moment, in time and in space. Ten concentrated structures that escape towards sound and silence. Music is at the center of each player and each has the same importance, the responsibility of creating and contributing is shared, lived, exchanged. There is no hierarchy. A piano, two strings - violin and double bass - and a clarinet, an unusual architecture, a challenge. An instrumental construction that has demands, peculiarities, that leads to difficult or favourable interrelations, that forces the musicians to stop for a moment and let air and light come through, creating shadows, allowing the sounds to breathe, stop, or remain chained to the instant. Their music does not exist ifit only lives in the moment. The paper remains blank. Someonesays that it tells a story or paints a picture, but each is free to find in it whatever they feel, sense or imagine. Lines, curves, volumes, rhythms, a swirling idea or a glow that disappears and then returns in a different shape. The piano is orchestra, percussion, taut strings, hammers, a sound-box and an armour. It is a boat, the stretched cords wail, quiver and suggest: they pull on the sails where the sound sinks, thunders or disappears. The ship sails towards Belém and towards the open sea... but the wind whistles, the cock crows, the topsails squeak, everything turns to high frequencies, the sound quivers, the breeze charms the violin, the soul comes out in the harmonies... we plunge in, frolic about, shake ourselves, splash the sun, reach for the clouds, the sky thickens, the pace quickens, then slackens, then stops.