voice drowned in an ocean of silence

solo voice

During the past few years I have become more and more interested in music for solo voice both as a performer and as a composer. What I find the most attractive about the solo voice literature is the very particular situation of all the attention being focused on a single performer standing on stage. A very fragile situation, as the performer communicates with the audience in a very direct way and can rely only on himself alone. Every gesture and every breath are observed and become an inseparable part of the performance. A solo voice piece has therefore a great potential of being an immensely intense and highly rewarding experience.

The main idea of the project is to encourage composers to compose new pieces for solo voice. The first edition of the project took place in 2019 in the form of an open call for scores and resulted in a studio recording of eight pieces by (primarily) young composers from all around the world. This pilot version of the project was given the title Somewhere. No more. Gone. The words are taken from recorded compositions themselves and convey a symbolic meaning as they refer to the fragility of the solo voice phenomenon itself. 

The second edition in 2020 was dedicated to pieces written by students of composition at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands. The concert, where the pieces should have been premiered, was cancelled due to Covid-19 unfortunately. Some of the pieces were performed later that year on an online concert as part of Meetings of New Music Plus festival in Brno, Czech Republic.

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