Music of Today: How Forests Think
Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.
Manoj Kamps – conductor
Wu Wei – sheng
Anna Thorvaldsdottir Entropic Arrows
Liza Lim How Forests Think
Wu Wei is an innovative and world-renowned master of the sheng, a Chinese mouth organ. He joins members of the Philharmonia Orchestra in a piece for sheng and ensemble by leading Australian composer Liza Lim. How Forests Think explores how forest organisms such as trees and fungi create communication networks and influence each other. The members of the ensemble must become just as connected, responding to each other’s sound and to each other’s breathing. From the delicate sound of raindrops, created by dropping dried peas onto a drum, experimental instrumental effects build up into what Lim describes as ‘a tsunami of sound’.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s music is full of instrumental colour, combining intricate detail with a sense of expansiveness. Shining through the complex textures of Entropic Arrows are long sustained notes that the composer asks players to think of as ‘a fragile flower that you need to carry in your hands and walk the distance on a thin rope without dropping it or falling.’
This free Music of Today performance is part of Southbank Centre’s acclaimed SoundState Festival.
Free, ticket required.
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FREE, ticket required
45 minutes, no interval
You can take drinks from the bar into this performance
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm