Fascia was performed on stage with the audience also on stage among the performers.
from jb notes on the piece during development:
The piece explores spatial tension and a struggle for prominence created by multiple ensembles inhabiting a soundscape, and the way in which one group of sounds can frame another, making it more or less significant. The meaning, color, weight of an element is determined by that which surrounds it.
In the Sistine Chapel, where the thematic panels are separated and framed by architecturally connective images (cherubs and devils in the columns and in-between spaces, etc.), the complex layering of frames causes an interplay between the depths, weights and colors of the elements, and creates a collective rhythmic world that is beautifully cluttered and unexpectedly harmonious.
The musical groups will be set in space as connectors to each other. Sometimes serving as the frame, sometimes as the field. Small fragments of material will be passed around between groups. Slow moving processes will develop in the simple relationships. Foleys and percussion will signal the movement from one 'mode' to the next, when not intervening and causing troulbe.
Fascia. Concert piece for Orchestral ensemble, children's choir, opera soloists and foley artists.
Performed by Ensemble Modern at Schauspielhaus Frankfurt. Frankfurt, Germany. January, 2006.
Frankfurter Positionen festival
3 Bass Baritones
3 Children’s Choirs
4 Foley Kids. Cellophane, balls, plastic pieces, shoes.
Fascia, commission by Ensemble Modern