MAZEN KERBAJ & SPLITTER ORCHESTER
Synesthesia is a live graphic score for improvising ensemble, created and interpreted in real time. Mazen Kerbaj creates live visuals that are projected in high resolution onto a large screen. The SPLITTER ORCHESTER reacts to the images and creates music from them. The image reacts simultaneously to the emerging music, so that no direction of influence can be discerned.
The audience sees and hears Synesthesia as an abstract film that is created in real time. Here, neither do the images illustrate the music, nor is the music a concomitant of the images. In fact, image and sound move together, constantly influencing each other. The image gives direction to the music, and the music in turn influences the image.
The SPLITTER ORCHESTER sits with its back to the screen and sees the image via monitors, Mazen Kerbaj sits - like the chef d'orchestre - with his back to the audience. All musicians and the supposed conductor improvise, there are no music stands. The music does not exclusively interpret the image, but the image also enters into a dialogical exchange with the music.
With Mazen Kerbaj and the SPLITTER ORCHESTER, two essential protagonists of the Berlin scene of contemporary improvisation meet at Synesthesia. Both the musicians of the orchestra and Mazen Kerbaj bring with them their highly individual and specialized set of skills and aesthetic imprints.
The SPLITTER ORCHESTER can look back on 10 years of collective improvisation experience and has already tested a wide variety of methods for shaping free improvisation in large groups in several collaborative projects. With Mazen Kerbaj's Synesthesia, the SPLITTER ORCHESTER again enters new territory and tries out an approach of graphic conducting for the first time.