Date(s) - 23/05/2024
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
RPS Julius Isserlis Scholar 2019, Scottish clarinettist Ross Montgomery performs Zoë’s “Atma” for amplified B flat clarinet and electronics as part of a concert of electro acoustic works for the instrument.
“staggeringly beautiful, a complete jewel of sonic theatre that will resonate in my mind for months to come.” Helen Wallace, Artistic Director/CEO Kings Place London on “Atma”.
The performance is part of Glasgow’s celebrated Billiard Room Sessions series. More info to follow soon.
Ātman, or Atma is a Sanskrit word which means “essence, breath, soul.” In the Upanishads, the ancient Hindu scriptures, Atma is the universal self, identical with the eternal core of the personality that after death either transmigrates to a new life or attains release from the bonds of existence.
Inspired by the luminous virtuosity and musicianship of clarinettist/composer Mark Simpson, the piece’s Atma narrator (in clarinet form) emerges from formless breath realms into a volatile, shifting sea of transformation, exploring different states of consciousness.
High tension eventually gives way to more expansive, static spaces. Breath cycles transmute into the circular sounds of sustained singing bowls. Suspended above, yearning melody gravitates towards a still point from which unfolds the beginnings of a new language, and the next cycle of existence begins.