Hibernation

 

For large ensemble, electronics and animation
2021-2022
Animation by Jenny Jokela

 

Duration
24 min.

 

Instrumentation
fl, ob, cl, bsn, hr, tr, perc, pno, 2 vl, vla, vc, db

 

Ircam computer music design
Manuel Poletti

 

Commissioned by
International Ensemble Modern Academy, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Time of Music Festival and Gaudeamus Muziekweek

 

Premiered by
International Ensemble Modern Academy
Conducted by Alexander Sinan Binder
Jun 30 2022
Centre Pompidou, Festival ManiFeste
Paris, France

Hibernation is an audio-visual visceral exploration of feelings of isolation and depression. The piece delves into the anonymous main character’s inner world, where she both longs and dreads to connect with other people, feeling adversed and scared of leaving her inner sanctuary.

Throughout the piece, we follow how she (quite literally) floats between her stagnant existence and vivid dreams and hyper-reality, where the dreamworld at times feels more real and substantive than her true mundane existence.

The intent of Hibernation is not to give a traditional linear story or instructions of how to overcome loneliness or depression, but to through music and video give form and expression to abstract and intangible emotions, which anyone who experiences isolation can connect to and therefore feel less alone.

Even though the themes and concept of Hibernation were born in the summer of 2019, fittingly to the theme, Hibernation was to a far extent created over a period of covid lock-downs. Apart from a few days of working together at Ircam in Paris, Sebastian created the music in Finland and Paris while Jenny made the animation in Scotland.

Electronic parts of the work were realized in the studios of Ircam-Centre Pompidou.

Trailer

Still photos by Jenny Jokela



Upcoming performances

Sep 11 2022
International Ensemble Modern Academy
Conducted by Alexander Sinan Binder
Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2022
Utrecht, the Netherlands

 

Past performances

Jul 7 2022
International Ensemble Modern Academy
Conducted by Alexander Sinan Binder
Time of Music Festival
Viitasaari, Finland

Jul 3 2022
International Ensemble Modern Academy
Conducted by Alexander Sinan Binder
F°LAB Festival for Performing Arts
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Jun 30 2022
International Ensemble Modern Academy
Conducted by Alexander Sinan Binder
Centre Pompidou, Festival ManiFeste 2022
Paris, France

Sheet Music

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