LYSN: Murmansk Spaceport – ЛИСН: Мурманский Космодром

Hilary Jeffery’s Murmansk Spaceport is an environment designed for exploring unknown territories. During November 2015 musicians from Murmansk (RU) and Bodø (NO) in the Barents Region worked together with Hilary Jeffery in a new formation of LYSN to perform Murmansk Spaceport. A port is a place of departure and arrival, of temporary transactions and unstable conditions. Murmansk Spaceport encourages the musicians to travel imaginatively into areas they do not know, to explore dark territories of which they have little or no experience. For Hilary Jeffery this meant exploring the atmosphere and mood of Murmansk in November, which for him was unusually dark. Additionally, he attempted to enter into the sound of Russian, a language unknown and new to him. In a similar way each musician was asked to explore areas in which they are non-expert, to literally enter the dark and unknown. With music as a central focus, various means were used for navigation, including solo and group improvisations, introspective language explorations, sound and image recording, associative writing and map making.

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Commissioned by Sonic Acts and Hilde Methi for Dark Ecology. Hilary Jeffery (UK) is a self-proclaimed ‘desert trombonist’ and composer. A central and sustaining influence on his music is a sense of ‘silent space’, which he first experienced in the Sahara in the 1990s. Jeffery aims to share this experience, creating inner-spaces for listeners and fellow musicians to explore. Recently, his research expanded to new compositional forms, conceived as maps, to explore the spatial dimensions of sound. He is also interested in the inner dimensions and outer limits of intonation. Jeffery performs with a number of groups and musicians, including Zeitkratzer, The Choras(s)an Time-Court Mirage, Lysn, Inconsolable Ghost, and Tonaliens. LYSN / ЛИСН Ekaterina Efremova – vocals, guitar, accordion, electronics Andrey Gaiduk aka 23:59 – computer, electronics Hilary Jeffery – trombone, computer, composition Anastasia Koluntaeva – trumpet Svetlana Matveeva – vocals, guitar, keyboards Timur Mizinov – trumpet, guitar Victor Skorbenko – vocals, guitar, electronics Anna Rotar – trombone Kristin Alsos Strand – cello Premiere Dark Ecology Journey 28 November 2015 ROXY, Murmansk, RU

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