Canto Ostinato Audio Visual is a performance with harp, electronics, and visuals, based on the groundbreaking composition ‘Canto Ostinato’. Canto Ostinato Audio Visual takes place on the fascinating intersection between music, visual art, and technology, and provides a unique experience for all the senses. Interaction and improvisation are the foundation of the composition; every performance is different.
Canto Ostinato is a revolutionary piece by Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt, written between 1976 and 1979. The piece consists of 106 cells (loops), which can be repeated according to the performers' interpretation. Next to the number of repeats, the performer determines the articulations, phrasing, dynamics, and at certain spots, the order in the piece. This makes each performance of Canto Ostinato unique. Improvisation and interaction drive each performance. The performers agree upon signs that indicate who takes the lead, and when they move to the next cell. Because of the tonality, the usage of these cells, and the repetitive nature of the piece, the composition is labeled as minimal music. Canto moves people, and has achieved a worldwide following.
Harp player Gwyneth Wentink, electronica specialist Wouter Snoei and visual artist Arnout Hulskamp will bring this arrangement of Canto Ostinato to an increasing number of stages worldwide. This special arrangement of Canto is an ode to the famous Dutch composer of minimal music, Simeon ten Holt. Ten Holt died 25th of November 2012, at the age of 89.
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Gwyneth Wentink - Gwyneth is a renowned harpist, who has won many national and international prizes, such as the Dutch Music Prize and the Israel Harp Competition. She performs solo and as a chamber musician; Gwyneth is the principal harpist of John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique. Surprising choices and ground breaking projects define her as world top.
Wouter Snoei - Wouter is a sound specialist and composer, and regularly teaches at the conservatorium of The Hague (NL). He was sound director in performances of electro-acoustic pieces by Luigi Nono and John Cage. Wouter developed the software of the Wave Field Synthesis, a unique, spatial sound system.
Arnout Hulskamp – Arnout, visual artist, focuses on audio visual performances and installations. He has a VJ-residency at Trouw Amsterdam and performs nationally and internationally with DJs like James Holden, Nicolas Jaar and Trentemøller, occasionally as a duo with Chloé Tallot (FR). Using his own image manipulation software Open Wound, he works on projects on the intersection of art, media and technology.