Bernard Foccroulle (organ)
Lynette Wallworth (video)
A Karsten Witt Musik Management production in collaboration with Forma Arts.
Coproduction between Festival van Vlaanderen Brussel & Bozar Music, Southbank Centre London, Festival de Pâques d'Aix-en-Provence, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Laeiszhalle Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Concert- en congresgebouw de Doelen
In Darkness and Light, the Belgian organist and composer Bernard Foccroulle and the Australian artist Lynette Wallworth have created a remarkable performance that transcends the form of the organ recital. Combining a bold programme of organ pieces spanning four centuries with two-channel video projections accompanying each piece, the concert leads us to hear and see organ music anew.
The artists’ careful selection of pieces musically and thematically connects works by composers including Bach, Messian and Alain with more contemporary works by Sofia Gubaidalina, Toshio Hosokawa and Foccroule himself. Wallworth’s rich imagery draws together evocative portraits of Australian landscapes, natural and man-made, with astronomical footage. The images and music, in continual conversation, amplify and reshape each other, becoming a powerful and emotive reflection on the forces that bind humanity, landscape and the cosmos.
“The video images were as majestic as the organ sounds…. A sublime experience… Left a profound impression” - De Standaard, Brussels 19 March 2014