Its concept, score, interpretation, light design and space arrangement were developed throughout a collaboration between Adriana Sá, Ricardo Jacinto e Yaw Tembe. A trio formed in 2019, when Diana Combo from Teatro do Bairro Alto (TBA) invited Adriana Sá e Ricardo Jacinto to open their concert series. The trio faced the opportunity as a stimulus to explore their creative convergences and divergences. The work process grounded on a common will: to discover a new musical idiom with invented and modified instruments, while considering that music involves vision and space, beyond audition. The configuration of these instruments motivated the development of compositional strategies, and vice versa. The work explores diverse ways of multiplying and confounding the trio identities, while shifting attention in-between performers, surrounding environment and other imaginary places. It drives perception through melodies of floating tonal centers, atonal moments, noisy dialogues and theatrical soundscapes.
Ricardo extends the cello with Mx/Msp as well as with little loudspeakers attached to a gong, a piano and a tam-tam. Yaw extends his trumpet with suspended metal plaques and Pure Data patches. Adriana plays the zither and the AG#3 software, which processes audio samples – including sounds from the cello and the trumpet – based on pitch analysis from the zither input. Additionally, Adriana uses the light percussion instrument, which includes an audio-generator connected to a light sensor attached to a stroboscope.
Each of the muisicians made one third of the composition and each used a different notation system reflecting their individual way of thinking about music.