When the live performance program provides post-care practitioners for physique, thoughts and spirit, there’s greater than music afoot.
The primary efficiency by the En coda Symphony Orchestra, underneath conductor Mark Coughlan and inventive director Tenille Bentley, mixed world music and classical influences within the splendour of Montgomery Corridor on Sunday.
Masked figures moved across the auditorium, some mendacity on yoga mats, others extra conventionally seated, as a 14-piece string ensemble performed atmospheric accompaniment composed by WAAPA’s Stuart James to songs written and sung by Bentley and January Kultura, punctuated by crystal digeridoo from Julian Silburn.
Silburn opened with darkly resonant tones vibrating via the air and material of the constructing, answered by bass, cello and viola in a step by step swelling theme, each environmental and musical.
Strings appeared to echo Mahler’s “music from past” whereas voices channelled ancestral cries and chants, a gentle repeated drum channelling a coronary heart beat, for Bentley’s Delicate Warrior – a paradox crafted across the female in all folks.
Bentley and January added the resonance of crystal bowl, African gourd and Indian shruti — a type of harmonium — and two-tone throat singing, whereas Silburn additionally chimed in on Italian gong.
All devices have been tuned to 432Hz — barely under the usual 440Hz for the A above center C.
That is the place some eyes will glaze, as 432 is a determine that resonates via numerous spheres, religous and cultural, together with a literal sphere, the “best” golf ball with 432 dimples.
It’s additionally touted because the frequency of the physique and mind, therefore Perth Mind Centre wired up some take a look at topics within the room to evaluate the influence of the expertise, with a documentary pending titled, Does Sound Heal.
And that’s the place the post-care practitioners are available in; to counter any unexpected results of the “deep listening expertise”. All in a corridor amid the Aegis aged care group in Mt Claremont.
Delicate Warrior light to a single frequency and ethereal intonation in voice, introducing Kultura’s Blue Hen, “a coronary heart track for the beloved”.
A extra pressing line in violin over cello mirrored a extra direct lyric and topic, acquainted and folkloric in contrast with the extra mythic soundscape earlier than, morphing to a repetitive theme in strings.
Repetition was a part of the method for Namawah, a “track to carry you again to your supply”, with chanting to evoke a meditative temper, a mythic episode in strings summoning a extra folkloric determine and distinctly western harmonic improvement.
One Cry, once more by Bentley, flagged a change of atmosphere with a single gong beat, a way of foreboding in strings to match the lyric: “One likelihood” — to repair our relationship with earth.
Gong once more signalled exit from this section, a solemn lament in strings and hand of destiny in percussion main into Symbology, a eager for misplaced connection, intense strings fading to a dying, morendo theme.
Lastly, Fields of Grace launched a neo-classical determine, morphing to cinematic sweep evoking panorama, and once more to mythic atmosphere.
A viola solo over shimmering strings and decreasing didgeridoo led in a repeated phrase echoing like a fond farewell.
Then silence, and a “visualisation” to carry the yogis again to the room.
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