September 30, 2023 19:00
Eternally Frozen by Andrea Belfi consists of a series of canon-based compositions for brass ensemble, percussion, and synthesizer by Andrea Belfi. The canon is an ancient compositional technique in which an initial melody is imitated by one or more parts at a specified time interval, creating illusionary, never-ending musical journeys.
The work is inspired by the evocative image of the Deprong Mori, a mythological bat with the alleged ability to fly through solid matter by bending atoms through its natural skill of audio echolocation. The myth suggests that one of these bats had been “eternally frozen” in a wall of solid lead in 1952 by a researcher at Rockefeller University, Donald R. Griffith. This story is displayed at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, renowned for speculative, fantastical reinforcement of mythology and playful and beguiling distortions of mysterious could-be truths.
The canon and the “frozen” Deprong Mori are man-made illusory simulations of eternity. They attempt to create mirages where the insinuation of facts is more meaningful than reality.
Andrea Belfi, drums, electronics
Hilary Jeffery, trombone