ODG065 : Ben Bertrand / Era - Area
Ben Bertrand is a Brussels-based bass clarinetist who evolved in the Belgian contemporary/classical scene.
He imagined a device that enables him to transform the natural sound of his instrument into electronic ones, allowing him to create loops and orchestrations for solo performance.
For his first EP, Era/Area, he arranged a collection of themes drawn from a wide range of places and ages – from a pygmy song to an ancient crusaders' melody dedicated to the lost Jerusalem passing by a Gavin Bryars's piece – merging them into a subtle, fascinating and hypnotic musical object.
Pygmy song video:
digital release on the 15th of February 2017.
1) Pygmy song (Anonymous)
2) Partial Truths (Page one) (Evan Ziporyn, 1999)
3) Planctus for Jerusalem (Anonymous, 1245)
4) Lauda for bass clarinet and drone (Gavin Bryars, 2009)