Prof Liza Lim‘s work Pearl, Ochre, Hair String (2010, Ricordi Munich Verlag) receives its UK premiere on March 17th at Glasgow City Halls performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Otto Tausk. The concert will be recorded for later broadcast on the BBC’s ‘Hear and Now’ programme. This follows performances of the work by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich and West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth last year.
She discusses the work in a journal article for Darmstädter Beiträge zur Neuen Musik (2012): ‘In the case of my filtering of Australian Aboriginal aesthetic concepts, I find a way of thinking about structure that is akin to the complex organisation of natural forces like weather, a structure made up of microclimates and dynamical systems in which ideas or hidden forms of knowledge precipitate at different levels. A surface is not a static plane but part of a shifting system which registers ripple effects, shimmering and turbulence patterns from the movement of forces below. In exploring these layered shifting structures, I have particularly focussed on the materiality of sound and the notion of friction as action of repetition as a way of both uncovering and covering up patterns.’