San Damon composed this musical work in 15 movements, which does not exist in classical music, referring to the colours of his photographic works and the words he wrote to refer to them. It was performed as a world premiere in the arena of the Brussels planetarium on 21 January 2016. In the 35-metre diameter dome, 178 of his photographic works were projected on the theme of New York.
Orchestration is here thought of as a symphony with its tonal system and diatonic scale that follows a course that seems logical at first glance when a dissonant compound conception occurs between notes that give the impression of instability and/or annoyance.
The dodecaphonism dear to Arnold Schönberg or Anton Weber remains at a distance. Here is brought by, certainly, a series of notes emancipated from the tonal system, an approach that is still different, because strange words are spoken, which brings it musically. A poetry derived from Damon's texts but not interpreted in its entirety, words are like sounds that espouse or partition the tonal composition, the meaning is coherent, the urban sounds that intervene throughout the work are formally incoherent but the whole oniroscopic symphorapsody, and this is what is troubling, becomes coherent again.
We can say that at times, when all the elements of oniroscopism are combined, we seem to perceive a color for one instrument, a variant of this color for another instrument of the same family, a word for a color, a synonym of this word for a variation of this color. A word meaning a note of an instrument combined with a color or its variant, or a word and its synonyms related to an instrument and its scales. An instrument coupled to a color and/or this color would be signified by different words or a photographic work to a sentence supported by a series of chords and harmonies.
The first movement of the Oniroscopic Symphorapsody, "October Night", apart from its classical version, was played and sung in Rock/Pop.
One winter evening in New York, all in one night, by a singer he met in a rough place. Raw, intended by San Damon, without mixing. A real delight. Two versions follow each other.
The second movement was sung by Amalia Avilan...........
San Damon presents 178 works on the theme of New York, the city where the artist is based, the works are projected onto one of the largest domes of Europe (diameter of 23 meters) on an oniroscopist symphorhapsody (read the description hereafter), on 21st of January 2016 at 20h30.Click on this explanation of the Brussels Planetarium
San Damon - A few words for you.Oniroscopism experience is a concept which is explained here
A few sentences from San Damon's poetry and texts, linked to the music and colours of Oniroscopism through the language, interpretation and improvisation provided by the cello.
Bruno Ispiola cellist.
Conservatory of Music "Cesare Pollini" Padua - Italy
Winner of the Fuga Prize (Union of Belgian Composers)
Yo-Yo Ma Master Class - Florence
Numerous musical collaborations, notably with Aldo Ciccolini