WARNING: due to the covid outbreak, the professional recording of this project, which was scheduled for the 25th of May 2020 in Singelkerk (Amsterdam), is cancelled.
I hope Offertorium will see its first light soon!
In the meantime, you can enjoy its design together with some drafts of the pieces
Offertorium is a Live performance and album project made of four solos for four different instruments. Different cultures, religions or folk tales inspire the titles of the pieces. The music, in between composition and improvisation, provides and extreme and powerful performance. The music material will be changed and transformed depending on the acoustic of the space: both concert halls and much more reverbed places such as churches can host such a performance.
Offertorium functions as a music offer to many different cultures and religions. The titles link together a god, a deity, a folk tale creature and a burial ritual, widening the concept of culture, of sacred and of magic.
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 the Baku dream?
In ancient Greek culture, Lyssa is known as the spirit of mad rage and frenzy. In roman culture was described as a Fury. By Era’s order, sends Heracles to mad rage, convincing him to kill his own wife and kids. This is what she whispered to him.
“Shey, shey!” is a ritualistic phrase that incites carrion birds to feast over a dead body. It is used during the traditional sky burial in some parts of Tibet, China, Bhutan, Mongolia and India. When a man 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 food for other beings, while the spirit of the man transmigrates to another form.
Quetzalcoatl, in many Mesoamerican religions is described as a feathered serpent, a mighty creator of the human kind who is connected to wind. As a powerful flying reptile, such as a dragon, this is what it sounds like through a clarinet.