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Interview with flutist Matei Ioachimescu
The musician is the protagonist of the multimedia show "Electric", which will take place Tuesday, May 23rd at Odeon Theater.
Mr. Ioachimescu, you are presenting the public a multimedia event in which music combines with the visual. What are the premises for this "Electric" show?
This "Electic" show was born about two years ago and during the pandemic it became an international tournament. It all came from the idea of composer Cristian Lolea, to create a kind of work, if you want, all in one character. Takin into consideration the conditions of 2021, we wanted to avoid overcrowding. But, on the other hand, I didn't want to be left alone on the stage, and so, Cristian Lolea has created a piece of work in which the flutist is surrounded by all kinds of electonic elements and instruments; the flute is processes in real timp, which gives it a whole new dimension and for the accompainment to be complete, visual artist Tom Brândușcame in to wrap up the concert in an intelligent light show and lasers.
Therefore, this show has became a concert for a flutist accompained by electronical instruments, lights and lasers. It means more than pure technology, it actually was a bet which I hope and feel I've won, that of proving that the technology of the moment can create such powerful sensations.
The people left this show shaken, they left with the feeling that they took part in something extremely special. 50 minutes of pure emotion. It seems that the talent of composer Lolea and the versatile way in which he can move through many different genres- he is also a very appreciated film music producer- thus, he brings the public a sonority located at the border between the contemporary art music, film music and consumer's music. On the one hand, the elements are recognizable, easy to understand and easy to feel. On the other hand, some sounds, and some new type of languages, languages that boost ones intellect and perception.
What kind of flute techniques will you approach for this show?
Everything is synced through a process called "click-track", which is basically a vertical organisation of the whole material- audio and visual. But of course, the techniques I will be approaching are of the classical music domain, the one with which I feel most comfortable. But, given the fact that we talk about an instrument whose sound is processed in real time, it suddenly becomes a whole new instrument. It becomes an orchestra, actually, a large range of effects and sounds, all from the same instrumentof a system able to catch sound very efficiently,aided by the lastest technology. All this allows the flutist to perform in a theater, and at the same time, on extremely large stages, even performing in front of thousands of people. The techniques are all about the classic way of interpreting, but what the public hears is a completely new sound world.
I have to tell you that I'm a bit jealous of those who will come, see and hear the show, because I'm the only one who, actually, hadn't had the chance to hear or see this show, given the fact that I don't see what the audience sees, nor do I hear what they hear.
This is all, of course, the result of an extreme amount of work. There were hundreads and hundreads of hours spend from creating these sounds for the music sheet, programming all the lights, studying the sheet and so on. So much so, that this teamwork was created, based on complete trust in one another. Since I'm alone and somehow isolated from the rest of the world on this stage, I receive all the directions through headphones (my ears are covered).
It will be a very special experience! Therefore, we would like to invite the public of Bucharest to the show at the Odeon Theater, Studio hall, on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 19:00. There are very few tickets left, so we are happy to see you again with this electric and electrifying show.
Translated by Georgiana Morozii,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu