OFFERTORIUM

Four tracks. Four instruments. One live performance, one concept album. 

Each track is inspired by different creatures, deities or rituals, functioning  as a bridge between cultures and between composition and free improvisation. 



Baku's Dream, for bass clarinet

The Baku is a monstrous creature from Japan. Despite its appearance, it is not an evil spirit for it eats nightmares. Anyone who suddenly wakes up from terrifying dreams should repeat loudly: “I give this dream to the Baku!”, for three times. But what does Baku dream?


Lyssa's Whispers, for prepared piano

In ancient Greek culture, Lyssa is known as the spirit of mad rage and frenzy. In Roman culture, she was described as a Fury. Lyssa, by Hera’s order, sends Heracles into a mad rage, convincing him to kill his own wife and children. What did she whisper to him?


Jhator, for alto or tenor sax

“Jhator” is the transliteration from Tibetan of the name given to the traditional buddhist funeral. This Ritual is called in english the Sky Burial: when someone dies, the body has no function anymore, as it becomes empty, and there is no need of preservation. The ceremony is considered an act of generosity as the body becomes a feast for carrion birds, while the spirit of the person transmigrates to another form and through different dimensions (bartho). The traditional sky burial still takes place in some parts of Tibet, China, Bhutan, Mongolia and India.


Quetzalcoatl, for clarinet

Quetzalcoatl, in many Mesoamerican religions, is described as a feathered serpent, a mighty creator of the human kind who is connected to the wind. As a powerful flying reptile, such as a dragon, this is what it sounds like through a clarinet.


Additional information

 Any stage that can host a grand piano can be used for such a performance. Given the violence and loudness of some sounds, a middle-wide space is preferred.  Offertorium can be performed with any acoustic, from a very dry studio to a very reverberated church. Its duration might slightly vary, but around 30 minutes.