Ode to Christus Hypercubus
As resonances from walls and arch of Cathedrals, computer-generated sounds, a pianist, a mezzo-soprano and a virtual choir perform an Ode to Salvador Dalí’s Christus Hypercubus. A diffused acoustic field generated with music fragments invites the audience to discover and recreate meanings for the Catalan’s masterpiece. It is sought to take the audience to immerse in resonances that would still persist from walls of Cathedrals. The sound space is fulfilled with multi-sources of sacred music alliterations.
Constructed via computational support, it orchestrates sixteen compositions in miniatures called “stanzas of the Ode”. These are described here as the reconstruction of the Medieval Organum that is a constant electroacoustic drone accentuates resonances in which time is expanded to re-expose fragmented chants that still linger on the walls and in the arches. Using interactive techniques the Ode attempts to explore human cognition and understand how creativity operates in a multimodal performance.
Prof. Manzolli will be accompanied by singer Beatriz Maia,
and pianist Helena Marinho.
Jônatas Manzolli combines contemporary musical creation and cognitive sciences focusing on the dialogues between music and science. The interdisciplinary study results in electroacoustic, instrumental, and multimodal works. A composer and mathematician, full professor of the Institute of Arts, University of Campinas, Brazil, he is a pioneer in the Brazilian research in computer music. He has been a guest researcher at the Institute for Neuroinformatics, Switzerland, and the SPECS Group (SPECS) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He is also a collaborator of the CIRMMT, McGill University, Montreal.
Jônatas Manzolli’s most notorious achievements have emphasized the delicate relationship between man and machine, including the use of artificial intelligence as digital interfaces such as Ada: Intelligent Space (2002) and the Multimodal Brain Orchestra (2009). His compositions also include large orchestral settings such as the multimodal opera Descobertas (2016). He has received numerous grants and awards including the recent Rockefeller Foundation “Arts & Literary Arts” Award to be an artist resident at the Bellagio Centre, Italy in April 2018.