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TRIBUTES – Pulse performed live in Washington


Next week Bill Morrison, Simon Christensen and his band Kundi Bombo travel to Washington DC where the collaborative art film will be performed live at the National Gallery of Art.

TRIBUTES – Pulse is in the middle of a world tour. First it went to the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, followed by the International Film Festival Rotterdam, then Buenos Aires for the BAFICI festival and now it is time for Washington DC.

The film is part of a presentation of Bill Morrison’s recent works extending over two days; June 16 and 17. June 16 at 4.30 pm Kundi Bombo will perform the music live accompanied by the film in a so-called ciné-concert.


About TRIBUTES – Pulse

Through image and sound Morrison and Christensen have created a requiem for the 20th century - the persistence of a pulse, the contractions of the heart.

Christensen originally planned the project as a tribute to four American composers, Charles Ives (1874-1954), Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997), Steve Reich (b. 1936), and Trent Reznor (b. 1965). The project consists of four movements, with the themes of Shifting (slightest change), Multiple (simultaneously different), Across (different directions) and Beat (moving synchronized) respectively corresponding to each composer.

The idea of "Pulse" is explored in both the music and the film. Christensen studied the role of Pulse - the rhythmic recurrence of vibration - in the music of these four composers. But pulse is also explored as a recurring theme in life, civilization, and nature. Using decayed archival film, Morrison tells a story from the remains of different narratives. The decay of the film creates a pulse in which episodes of comprised imagery appear. The four sections correspond visually to the four elements as a frontier for Man - Water, Earth, Fire and Air. The first glimpses moments in a woman's life. The second cuts between two frontier stories, when buffalo freely roamed the plains. The third examines industry and the loss of the frontier. The fourth explores flight, humankind's attempt to escape to the heavens, and Man's inevitable return to earth.

TRIBUTES – Pulse was world premiered at The Royal Danish Playhouse on June 16, 2011, where the music was performed live.

Partners: The Royal Danish Theatre and Montana

Sponsored by: Statens Kunstråd, Dansk Komponist Forening and Koda

Music released by: Dacapo Records

Musicians: Kundi Bombo, Christina Åstrand; violin, Peter Navarro-Alonso; sopranino, soprano and tenor saxophones, Simon Christensen; percussion, zither and electronics