New album on Parma Recordings - April 7th 2023
In this project, we embark on a musical exploration inspired by the visionary Dutch painter Piet Mondrian and his tree abstractions. Our aim is to translate his unique creative process into captivating sound world. Mondrian’s method involved visually distilling the essence of naturally harmonious forms through a recursive approach. By progressively reducing the visual components of a tree with each iteration, he revealed the underlying beauty within its intricate structure. Drawing inspiration from his approach, we too seek to extract elements from musical gestures to uncover the hidden structures within.
Throughout our creative journey, we delved deeply into the world of trees themselves, finding inspiration in their behavior, growth, diverse varieties, and habitats. These discoveries led us to explore metaphorical concepts that now form the foundation of our mesmerizing musical compositions. On occasion, we drew from a series of graphic scores generated from tree photographs, using them as gestural inspiration and shaping the structural form of our works.
Whim Ensemble – Trees
Ofer Pelz – prepared piano | Preston Beebe – percussion | Stéphane Diamantakiou – double bass
- Catalpa (percussion solo)
- Mycorrhizal Networks
- Fitzroya (double bass solo)
- Inga (piano solo)