musical arrangements by Scott Gibbons
based on the madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
performed by the Ensemble Concerto
Roberto Gini, conducting
for Romeo Castellucci's
clavicembalo and voice
violino and violincello
Kunsten Festival des Arts (BELGIUM):
"Following the principle of a chemical experiment, Gibbons' music
acts as verification of the madrigals' astounding characteristics...
the same emotions, the same melodies, but as if heard by a foetus
in the womb. Monteverdi's music talks of life's battles. Confronting
the original with its own estrangement in limbo and with no previous
cultural memory helps realise the value of these amazing quiverings."
"The music acquires an almost material reality... One is treated
to see with the ears and to hear with the eyes. In that respect
it is one of the most interesting works of musical stage that I
could attend in recent times."
Arts, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio in coproduction with Wiener FestWochen,
Holland Festival, Biennale di Venezia, Le Maillon -Théâtre de Strasbourg
and with the support of Teatro Bonci - Cesena
"Monteverdi is from
sufficiently long ago to belong to the future"
- Romeo Castellucci
in liquido is a unique union of Early and contemporary New Music. Romeo
Castellucci is a true revolutionary of contemporary theatre; his company
Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio creates visually startling and conceptually
revolutionary theater that is viscerally and turbulently unforgettable.
Scott Gibbons has been creating electroacoustic music for nearly two decades,
and many of his early works are widely regarded as seminal recordings.
Roberto Gini is a skillful conductor of the Baroque repertoire whose Ensemble
Concerto has achieved top level status in their field. The combined efforts
of these artists have resulted in something altogether new, which defies
easy categorization or comprehension. It embraces the medieval madrigal
form with as much respect - and disregard - as it does contemporary trends in electronic music.
Period instruments are used to most accurately represent the medieval
score. These are the basis for Gibbons' experimentation in his own electroacoustic
sound studio laboratory.
in liquido takes as it's focus the text and musical themes of Monteverdi's
Eighth Book of Madrigals. Gini's interpretation is informed by
his study of Monteverdi also as painter. He approaches Monteverdi's vocal
music as being among the first to explore the physicality of the human
vocal instrument. Gibbons executes further research in this direction
- clarity is brought to the breath of the singers, to the structure of
the mouth as a bodily organ. Gibbons also employs Monteverdi's maverick
techniques of interrupted phrases and the superimposition of separate
dramas. But there is also an alchemical approach (Monteverdi was eulogized
as a "Gran proffessor della Chimica"), which attempts to get at the core
elements of the arrangement, and to manufacture an altogether new harmonious
performances include: debut May 2000 - Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels), Wiener Festwochen
(Vienna), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Biennale Teatro (Venice), Festival
d’automne (Paris) and Théâtre du Maillon (Strasbourg).
Honoured on several
occasions with the UBU award, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio was singled
out in 2000 for the 7th Prix Europe -Nouvelles Réalités Théâtrales
by the Union of Theatres of Europe and the European
Theatre Convention. Il Combattimento is their third production
with the music of Scott Gibbons, following Giulio Cesare and
from the museum of sleep. For the present, Gibbons continues the research
with the Socìetas on Tragedia
endogonidia in the direction of an "organic theatre" which
is constantly mutating and advancing, like an organism which explodes
out of the shell of theatre to embrace new combinations of contemporary
and classic art.