WHEN THE SUN STANDS STILL

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WINTER SOLSTICE

STEP [1] 

Alain Roche has chosen horizontality and acoustics to present his new composition WINTER SOLSTICE.

Written on the island of Fleinvaer in northern Norway, and inspired by sounds captured in nature that are imperceptible to the human ear.
This single-movement score is based on the system of attraction of the stars – creating the seasons on Earth – by transposing nature’s perpetual cycle into repetitive, elastic rhythmic cells.

This piece is the starting point for the SOLSTICE TO SOLSTICE project, a daily performance on the blue hour, from the winter solstice to the summer solstice.

SOLSTICE TO SOLSTICE

When The Sun Stands Still
Von Sonnwende zu Sonnwende // Solstice to Solstice
a project by Alain Roche, produced by PIANO VERTICAL and Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst

 

STEP [2] 

Dawn, the Blue Hour, the premise of daylight. Facing East.

In the midst of Munich, on the wasteland of the future Konzerthaus, the pianist-composer Alain Roche, bound to his suspended instrument, performs WINTER SOLSTICE – a piece in one movement for solo piano.

At the same time, live from 3 nature parks in Bavaria, sounds emanating from animal and plant activity, inaudible to the human ear, are captured – via a technological device developed especially for the project by the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdk) – in the water, under the earth, on and in the plants.

The sound artist accompanying the pianist receives this raw material by digital streaming. He selects it, works on it and broadcasts it live.

Permeable to these sounds, the performer Alain Roche shakes up his musical score.

The audience, equipped with headphones and installed on deckchairs, welcomes the day, its colours and this improvised counterpoint between notes and sounds. 

The composition thus changes over the course of the performances, transforming the initial piece WINTER SOLSTICE into a new piece entitled SUMMER SOLSTICE.

Juxtaposing the frantic rhythm of an urban city with the infinite renewal of nature. How does daily listening to these cycles, paying particular attention to them, impact on human beings and their habits? 

Ode to light, the seasons, the elements, the performance SOLSTICE TO SOLSTICE brings alive the sensations of cyclical time from the winter solstice to the summer solstice without interruption – 182 performances from 22 December 2023 to 20 June 2024.

SUMMER SOLSTICE

STEP [3] 

After 6 months of daily concerts in Munich, Alain Roche returns to Switzerland to present the piano piece SUMMER SOLSTICE in an acoustic concert.
It will also be an opportunity to share with the public the album of 2 piano pieces, the recording of sounds captured in nature, the photographic work, etc.

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DISTRIBUTION


creation

design and composition
Alain Roche

sound field collaboration 
Pablo Diserens

musical collaboration
Djamel Cencio

technical direction
Stéphane Gattoni

sound
Benoit Saillet


development

interface and microphones
Sébastien Schiesser / ZHdk – ICST

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste & Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology

audio references
Fabian Schild / Hyperson

computing and audio streaming
Loïc Pipoz

piano service
Matthias Maurer / Piano Workshop

production
Greg Zavialoff


production

management
Emilien Rossier –
oh la la performing arts production

administration and production
Boll & Roche Cie


coproduction

Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst

direction
Dr. Martina Taubenberger

project manager
Emma Danet

press officer
Angelika Schindel

film
Horacio Alcalá


performers

piano
Alain Roche

sound artist (alternating)
Stéphanie Boll
Pablo Diserens