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Vladimir Rannev

Artist in Residence, 2015

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Artist Statement

Music composing for me is an absolutely reflexive activity. This is the sound representation of my personal resonance with the surrounding social environment, memory of culture, experience of introspection. The formation of my compositional technique has been influenced by classical music education and years of playing in a rock band. Now I see no contradiction between these “schools”, on the contrary, this crossover experience has made me free from the domination of one of them. Rockn-roll has helped me in more reactive attitude to life, academic education – in creativity in form and sound searching.

While At Headlands

Recently I received an invitation from the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg to write an opera for chamber instrumental ensemble and chamber choir. For this project I chose one of the stories of the modern Russian writer Yuri Mamleev. All instrumental sounds will be charged to a bulky instrument that I’m going to constract – a kind of “Aeolian Harp” consisting of metal wires of different lengths stretched from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling across the entire space of the stage. Various methods of sound making on this instrument will provide its timbre palette rich enough. During my residence in Headlands I would like to create an experimental model of this instrument, try different ways of working with it and make a piece that could be performed in the Headlands in completing of my residence.

Selected Works