interregna (2021)

for improvising ensemble

Commissioned and premiered by PinkNoise Ensemble

in-ter-reg-num

n. pl. in-ter-reg-nums or in-ter-reg-na

 

1) The interval of time between the end of a sovereign’s reign and the accession of a successor.

2) A period of temporary suspension of the usual functions of government or control.
3) A gap in continuity.

 

The isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the music world to confront the following question: How can ensembles perform together remotely? The last 18-months have questioned not only the means of performance but also the meaning of performance. Rapid technological advancements have redefined what it means to ‘see’ each other, to be ‘together,’ or to ‘meet’ someone. These redefinitions of ‘togetherness’ transcend the technological world and enter into our social lives. What does it mean to perform in an ensemble following a period of time where the idea of ‘togetherness’ was problematized?

 

Each scene of interregna temporarily suspends the usual communicative habits and responsibilities traditionally encountered in ensemble performance. Each scene investigates a new form of ‘togetherness’ by re-casting performers in new roles and constructing fluid relationscapes that are learned, maintained, and/or modified in real time.