National premiere – Concert
As a composer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music, Sarah Davachi’s (b. 1987, Canada) work is concerned with the close intricacies of intimate aural space, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in texture, overtone complexity, psychoacoustic phenomena, and temperament and intonation. Davachi has toured extensively across the globe and has shared the stage and collaborated with artists such as Grouper, William Basinski, Ariel Kalma, the Bozzini Quartet, the London Contemporary Orchestra, Alessandro Cortini or Kara-lis Coverdale.
“Antiphonals” was born of a desire to merge her studio practice with the tonal characteristics and sound-on-sound tape delay processes, that have informed her approach to live performance for many years. It’s a collection of studies that began as a way of giving reverence to repetition and modality within a harmonic space.
The minimalist music of “Antiphonals”, which Sarah Davachi will play on the organ of the Cristo Rei Sanctuary, in Almada, is as much concerned with the vertical experience of texture as it is with the elongation of intervallic progressions across the horizontal realm – an occurrence that we might typically refer to as ‘melody’, but which becomes obscured here in the continual undoing of its staying power. This will be, for sure, a moment of unmissable listening – of Davachi’s music, ours and the singularity of the encounter of all these elements in Cristo Rei.
Acknowledgment: Santuário do Cristo Rei