Catherine Christer Hennix’s Kamigaku Ensemble Performance

Majestic waves of harmonic sound.



Photo: Ari Marcopoulos

19:00 Doors open with drone music 
20:00 Performance starts 

Lie on a Persian carpet for an intense, hypnotic sonic experience from a legendary sound artist. Start the journey with a cup of tea before the performance begins.  

This is a unique chance to hear the new piece for Japanese shō and trumpets by Catherine Christer Hennix and her newly formed Kamigaku Ensemble. Revisiting the sonic territory of her 1970s group The Deontic Miracle, the group explores the harmonic state that emerges when sustained tones are precisely tuned to their different tones. By electronically intensifying these tones, the group immerses listeners in vibrations and waves of harmonic sound. The event at MUNCH is presented in collaboration with Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. 
Catherine Christer Hennix (b. 1948) is a Swedish artist, composer, poet and mathematician. Since the 1970’s she has produced a large body of sound works including sine-wave compositions, solo works for tambura and for keyboard, as well as ensemble works for her own groups, The Deontic Miracle and Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage. In all of her sound work, Hennix focuses on the psychophysical effects of harmonic sound, effects which may ultimately restructure the dynamics of perception and prepare one for entering into the distinctionless state of being she refers to as divine equilibrium.

This arrangement of the Kamigaku Ensemble will feature Marcus Pal on electronics; Ellen Arkbro, Susana Santos Silva, and Hilary Jeffery on trumpet; and Mattias Hållsten and Hennix on shō (a Japanese mouth organ).  
The Kamigaku Ensemble is a co-commission from Blank Forms, MUNCH and Vassa Tassar. Supported by Empty Gallery Hong Kong, the Nordic Culture Fund and Swedish Arts Council.