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June 13th

Performance /  “Zone #1, installation/performance for a percussion player, electronics and video” – Collaboration as Creation

Authors: João Dias, Igor C. Silva


Zone#1 is an installation with performance where the performer is in charge of controlling all audiovisual aspects, creating a link between musical discourse and video elements. The main topic are the collaborative practice behind and how it increases out the development of the outputs and both composing and performance practices.


Theme: Collaboration; collaborative work; collaborative practice; performance.

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  • Abstract: Collaboration is a common practice in different artistic fields during the creative process of the work, and a several artistic formats could emerge from a collaboration. There are several examples that we can find and mention in the history of art, and the existing reports of the collaborative processes have in common the exposure of the mutual contributions, not only for the creation of the proposed work, but for the advancement of the art itself, and the each one involved in the process. The composer’s creativity can be amplified by a dialogue and interaction with the performer, which had impact in the creative process, the interpretation of the work, and even in the sound result represented in the perception of the work by the audience. A process of close collaboration between performer and composer in creation allows constantly triggering different paths of knowledge and discovery, transcending limits in the way of playing and composing, mutually enriching the two positions involved.

    The starting point of the compositional process ofZone#1 was the idea that this piece/installation should enable the performer to have absolute real-time control of whole musical and visual discourse, musical timing and elements, thus creating a composed-improvisation environment in which the audiovisual content is defined by the composer (both on score, sound design and Max programming), but the timing and narrative choices are taken by the performer. To achieve this level of controlled freedom, a detailed electronic setup was created to serve an ideal improvisation situation, where the audiovisual material is pre-organized and programmed into a hybrid acoustic/digital setup, that provides a user-friendly system to react and interact to the artistic choices of the performer, within a set of rules defined by the score.

    This work was driven through a close process of collaborative work by composer and performer. 

  • Biography: João Dias. Percussionist, graduated by ESMAE (BA & MA) with Miquel Bernat, Manuel Campos and Nuno Aroso as tutors. Currently, he is attending a Phd Program in Musical Arts at FCSH/UN of Lisbon. He is a researcher at the Research Group on Contemporary Music at CESEM, where he is particularly interested in mediation between composer and performer in the creation of new music for percussion. He won a PhD grant from Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). 
    He has been developing is work as a performer mainly in the field of contemporary repertoire, from ensemble to solo works. Artistic Director and Member of Supernova Ensemble, member of Drumming Percussion Group and Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble, and collaborates regularly with Sonoscopia Associação, Remix Ensemble, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto and Coro / Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Orchestra, among others.
    He is a professor at the University of Aveiro.

    Igor C. Silva. Born in Porto and currently living in Amsterdam, Igor C Silva is a composer devoted to electronics and new media music, creating projects where performers, computers and many noisy and psychedelic things happen on stage, creating a multi-sensorial experience. Silva works regularly with ensembles, performers and orchestras, receiving several commissions from ensembles and festivals, and publishing recordings of his music.
    Igor C Silva also collaborates regularly with soloists, ensembles and jazz groups, devoting part of his musical and composing activity to improvisation and interactive performances with electronics and multimedia tools.
    On upcoming projects stands out a 33 hours installation multimedia-installation for Lucillin United Instruments and many other concerts and premieres in Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, USA, Portugal, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Japan, UK, Finland, Argentina, etc..
    Igor C Silva is currently a PhD candidate at VUB (Brussels) and Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, where he also teaches at the Live Electronics Course.
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