AV Festival 08 presented the world premiere of this new work by musical innovator Michael Edgerton reflecting journeys and traffic movement. A Marriage of Shadows is a modern classical composition for voice, flute, saxophone, guitar and percussion focusing on new sounds within complex structures. The work is formally influenced by the study of networks — in this case, the roadmap of Middlesbrough and the surrounding area. Part of the process involved mapping the routes between one central location in Middlesbrough and five other places in the surrounding Tees Valley. These were then placed under a series of circular grids with nodal points generating data to determine pitch, rhythm and gesture. Additional information was gleaned from the work involved in building the new Phoenix Building (the University’s Institute for Digital Innovation) and the resulting traffic congestion.
A Marriage of Shadows was performed by members of the highly acclaimed Ensemble Ars Nova (Sweden) and the vocalist Angela Rademacher (Germany).
Michael Edgerton has received awards and recognition both in America and internationally. Commissioned projects include electroacoustic, acoustic and music theatre works. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has taught composition at Yonsei University, Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, and the National Center for Voice and Speech. Edgerton is currently conducting physiological and acoustical research on extended vocal techniques for a book on the contemporary voice. Additionally, he has an Extended Vocal Techniques Performance Group at The University of Wisconsin, and has been conducting workshops and seminars on extended vocal techniques for both composers and singers.
Commissioned by the Institute for Digital Innovation, Teesside University. Produced by AV Festival 08. World Premiere.