A song cycle for vocal students in early stages of their studies
"Intellectually stimulating and teasingly funny art of our time."
"This three-hour, precisely timed sound structure is a confusing, constantly moving deconstruction of language, voice and sound. […] The bizarre fascination that the spectacle has created will not get out of your head so quickly."
"Voice Box was full of tongue in cheek [...] that allowed the audience to fully join in."
"The avant-garde business trip to the green creates a situational border experience with a feel-good program."
"The audience […] experiences an masterfull musical performance, which is then deconstructed in an irritating sequence of events at different locations in a deliberately bizarre manner."
"Delightful and playful experimental opera from young Finnish composer"
"The most enthusiastic reception got 'ettette' by Miika Hyytiäinen"
"Genuinely avantgardistic German music theatre."
"Musically the performance is excellent."
Degrees of freedom is a study of group dynamics and the emergence written for the C/O Chamber Orchestra.
In many scientific fields and especially software development, the secret to success is creating the right kinds of teams, especially teams of the right size. The magic number seems to be seven plus minus three. Seven people creating a group can communicate and create optimally.
Classical orchestras have always been a counterexample to this rule: the standard repertoire and complex new music can only be produced if the conductor gives absolute structure and the individual musician only follows the commands. Surely, there are no other solutions.
Degrees of Freedom is an orchestral piece that sees the orchestra musicians as individual artists that create autonomous groups. The groups have similar goals but are not controlled from above. An optimal performer for this is C/O Chamber Orchestra. This young and innovative group always performs without a conductor, which has given the musicians special skills in communication and listening to each other. The orchestra already is experienced in creating works from the romantic orchestral repertoire to contemporary music and even opera (Poulenc: La voix humaine, Berlin 2021).
In Degrees of Freedom, the orchestra is divided into numerous small chamber ensembles that can also work together, even in classical tutti sections. The groups are like organs of a body, each with their own function and character, but always related and reacting to each other organically. Because overlapping musical materials are not synchronised, the Degrees of Freedom is full of emergence – spontaneous creation of new ideas.
Review in Limelight magazine: Divertissement!: New kids on the block make a debut for the ages. *****