On 12 November 2015 at 20:30 CET the trio Sonic Hedgehog plays their second concert at Café De Ruimte, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Sonic Hedgehog is the result of a collaboration between the Dutch musicians Fie Schouten (bass clarinet) and Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar) and the American flutist Shanna Gutierrez, who were brought together by the Dutch composer Rozalie Hirs for the premiere of her composition Infinity Stairs in 2014. In Rozalie Hirs’ Infinity Stairs three independent solo pieces are joined into a cohesive whole, simultaneously sustaining and abandoning the soloist individuality of the three performers. Fredrick Gifford’s Adage of Spontaneity creates a meta-instrument, which below the calm surface is extremely active in subtly shifting colours.
Erin Gee’s new work for Sonic Hedgehog focuses specifically on the fringe articulations sounds of the mouth during normal vocal production, working with special mouth microphones and cameras that can capture the percussive pops, clicks and air sounds that surround each phoneme that is produced. The program begins and ends with the early Renaissance music of Dufay as a means of accentuating the broad color range of the instruments and the deep-rooted connection with contemporary music. The three polyphonic voices in Dufay’s works allude to the contrapuntal textures and the use of timbres in the other pieces of the program.