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Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth -- Revised version for sho, koto, prepared piano and electronics

by Magnus Granberg

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November 9, 2019 was first day of Ftarri Festival 2019 Week One, held at Sonorium, Tokyo. The closing group that day was a quartet headed by Magnus Granberg (who had come to Japan for the first time). The other members were Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa and Miki Maruta. The ensemble played one work, Granberg's composition "Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth," in a performance of about 50 minutes.

Magnus Granberg is a composer/musician based in Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2005, through his own ensemble Skogen and other experimental music groups including Ordinary Affects, Ensemble Grizzana and Insub Meta Orchestra, he has been presenting high-quality works demonstrating new compositional possibilities. Granberg's works have been released on various labels including the UK's Another Timbre. His recent activities have received a great deal of attention.

Granberg originally composed "Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth" in spring 2019 for the Boston-based experimental music ensemble Ordinary Affects. For the performance of this piece at Ftarri Festival, he created a revised version for sho, koto, prepared piano and electronics, and made his first trip to Japan in November 2019. On November 8, just before the festival, the four musicians met at the studio GOK Sound in Kichijoji, Tokyo, for a rehearsal and recording. This CD documents that studio recording of a 52-minute performance by Ko Ishikawa (sho), Miki Maruta (20-string koto), Granberg (prepared piano) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board). (At Ftarri Festival, Granberg used a piano without preparations.)

Throughout the work there's a gravity and mystical quality to the sound and the uniqueness of Magnus Granberg's artistry is amply displayed. It's interesting to compare this performance with the original version (released on Meenna in July 2020 [meenna-970]), which was performed by Ordinary Affects on violin, cello, electric guitar, vibraphone and prepared piano.

2019年11月9日、東京「ソノリウム」で開催した Ftarri Festival 2019 Week One 初日のトリを飾ったのは、初来日の Magnus Granberg (マグヌス・グランベリ) を筆頭に、中村としまる、石川高、丸田美紀の4人。グランベリの作曲作品 "Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth" 1曲を、約50分にわたり演奏した。

マグヌス・グランベリはスウェーデン、ストックホルム在住の作曲家 / 演奏家。2005年より率いる自身のアンサンブル Skogen や、そのほか Ordinary Affects、Ensemble Grizzana、Insub Meta Orchestra などの実験音楽アンサンブルを通して作曲の新たな可能性を示す良質の作品を発表。また英国の Another Timbre ほか、様々なレーベルが彼の作曲作品をリリースし、近年の活躍ぶりは目覚ましい。

"Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth" はもともと、米国、ボストンを拠点に活動する実験音楽アンサンブル Ordinary Affects のために、グランベリが2019年春に書いた作品。彼は Ftarri Festival で演奏するために、同曲の笙、箏、プリペアド・ピアノ、エレクトロニクスのための改訂版を用意し、2019年11月初めに来日。そしてフェスティヴァルに先立つ11月8日、4人は東京、吉祥寺のスタジオ GOK Sound に集合し、リハーサルと録音をおこなう。本CDには、このスタジオ録音の、石川高 (笙)、丸田美紀 (20絃箏)、グランベリ (プリペアド・ピアノ)、中村としまる (ノーインプット・ミキシング・ボード) による52分の演奏を収録。 (Ftarri Festival では、グランベリはプレパレーションなしのピアノを使用した)。

終始、厳粛かつ神秘的な響きが続く、マグヌス・グランベリらしさを遺憾なく発揮した名作。Ordinary Affects 演奏のヴァイオリン、チェロ、エレクトリック・ギター、ヴィブラフォン、プリペアド・ピアノによるオリジナル版 (meenna-970、Meenna レーベルより2020年7月リリース) と聴き比べてみるのも面白い。

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released November 15, 2020

Miki Maruta: 20-string koto
Ko Ishikawa: sho
Toshimaru Nakamura: no-input mixing board
Magnus Granberg: prepared piano

Composed by Magnus Granberg

Recorded by Yoshiaki Kondoh at GOK Sound, Tokyo, November 8, 2019
Mixed and mastered by Anders Dahl
Artwork and design by tanabemse

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