Möbius Kanon

Saxophone Quartett whose main score is a transparent möbius strip, and uses new ambi-symmetrical notation.  

The piece was premiered in May 2012 at the Saxophone Festival at the Konservatorium Wien University.

Möbius Kanon (Moebius Canon) is a piece written for Saxophone Quartet. It is a part of the Music Landscapes series, containing a new founded notation technique on a moebius strip (a surface with only one side and only one boundary component - Wikipedia) that can be read from all sides - front, back, from the left and from the right. For this project, our big transparent moebius strip is held by a thorough construction of plexy glass about 2 meters tall, that gives the musicians the opportunity to walk around the object while playing at the same time.

Möbius Kanon is an art work, but also a very interesting approach to chaos and order in music. The transparent construction is very light and generates a feeling of seeing music being played in the air, and invites the audience to also read the score, enjoy the movements of the players and of course the music.

This saxophone quartet’s main score is a large transparent möbius strip, around -and inside- which musicians need to orbit in intricate constellations. The score is written in ambi-symmetrical notation, so that it can be read in each four orientations, depending on the player’s position. The structure was built together with architect Alexander Masching and first performed by Five Sax ensemble.

With Joel Diegert, Michal Knot, Pieter Pellens and Damiano Grandesso

Concept & music: Adrián Artacho
Construction design & architect: Alexander Masching
Realization: Adrián Artacho, Alexander Masching, Aloysia Astari

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