Gatekeepers (2003)

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Past Performances

July 11, 2008 :: Wu Wei, sheng • Pascal Contet, accordion :: Bartók Festival :: 20h00 :: Szombathely (Hungary)

Mar. 31, 2007 :: Archipel Festival 2007 :: Wu Wei, sheng • Pascal Contet, accordion :: Maison communale de Plainpalais, Grande Salle :: 20h00 :: Geneva (Switzerland)

Mar. 24, 2006 :: Wu Wei, sheng, Pascal Contet, accordion :: Le Carré des Jalles at 20h30, Arsac (France) 

June 10, 2005 :: Wu Wei, sheng • Elsbeth Moser, accordion :: Hannover (Germany) 

May 2, 2005 :: Wu Wei, sheng • Pascal Contet, accordion :: Radio broadcast, Concertzender (The Netherlands) 

Sep. 16, 2004 :: Wu Wei, sheng • Pascal Contet, accordion :: Radio broadcast, CrossSound Radio, Alaska (USA) 

Oct. 4, 2003 :: Wu Wei, sheng • Pascal Contet, accordion :: Royaumont (France)

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Duration 8 min.
First performance on October 4, 2003 in Royaumont, France by Wu Wei, sheng and Pascal Contet, accordion

Programme Note

I participated in the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles composition course in 2003. For this event, the task was to write new experimental music theatre pieces. I imagined the two players in the medieval Royaumont Abbey acting as soldier-gatekeepers, examining and blocking musical material and textures. Soon it became clear that the music theatre theme was not so popular amongst the participants; I also scrapped the idea and wrote a purely instrumental work. However, the title stuck. :: Tomi Räisänen, 2022