Putting together a large string ensemble has been a dream for many years. Through an invitation from the "Music Unlimited" Festival in Wels, Austria in 2019, the opportunity to form this expanded line-up with exceptional musicians finally presented itself.
The ensemble name refers to filament, a filigree fiber, or a thread, a texture that is playfully explored, a psychologically embodied state and approach - Filamental.
For the ensemble I developed an open, minimalist photo score - Confluence.
Two rivers meet and merge in Geneva – the Rhône and the Arve. They have different temperatures and colours; the Arve is more rapid and carries white sand, while the Rhône is darker and slower. They travel through different terrain, they carry different volumes of water and have different depths.
The score consists of 12 photos taken over an hour or so, observing the merging waters, the artificial wall dividing them, the earthy, blue and green colours blending. There are as many defining differences as similarities, depending on where one fixes ones attention. The score offers the possibility to focus on tiny details, transitional areas, or to stay in one area for a long time over the course of a concert. A frame for exploring minute changes collectively, Confluence is an entrance into a certain mindset, a state of being, with which to carry through a performance.
Magda Mayas is a pianist and composer/performer living in Berlin. Over the past 20 years she developed a vocabulary
utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using amplification, preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself.
Mayas performs internationally solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers....more