Blood on the Floor

torsdag 12.5
19:30 - 21:00

Dirigent Rumon Gamba Solister Martin Robertson - saxofon, John Parricelli - gitarr, Lawrence Cottle - elbas, Ralph Salmins - trummor NorrlandsOperans Symfoniorkester Tipsa en vän
”Det otäckaste jag skrivit” har Mark-Anthony Turnage själv sagt om Blood on the Floor, här framförd av NorrlandsOperans Symfoniorkester och tre jazzsolister. Under tiden som han arbetade på verket, dog hans lillebror av en överdos. Denna händelse påverkade arbetet som kom att utvecklas till en kommentar om utanförskap och drogmissbruk.

Titeln har han hämtat från en målning av Francis Bacon. Den föreställer ett ödsligt rum med skrikande orangea väggar och en ilsket röd blodpöl på golvet. För Turnage en symbol för en värld utan nåd.

Med den som utgångspunkt har han skapat detta mörka, rytmiska, delvis brutala, men också känsligt melodiska verk. Det är konstmusik blandat med jazz och improvisation, tydligt influerat av Miles Davis men också Puccini och Musorgskij. De nio satserna har fått namn som Junior Addict, Needles, Crackdown och Elegy for Andy – det sista en sorgesång för brodern.

In English

 
English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s younger brother died of an overdose while Turnage was writing Blood on the Floor. As a result, the piece developed into a comment on alienation and drug abuse. Turnage himself describes it as ‘probably the nastiest thing I’ve written’.

Mark-Anthony Turnage (born 1960) is a highly popular composer the world over. He is known for his powerful melodies and raw, emotive music. What's more, he is one of few composers to convincingly combine classical music with jazz. Turnage often draws his inspiration from contemporary art and literature.

He has taken the title of his work Blood on the Floor from a painting by English expressionist Francis Bacon. The painting depicts an empty room with bright orange walls. From its roof hangs a single light bulb. On the sand-coloured floor beneath lies an angry splash of reddest blood. For Turnage, this image symbolises a world devoid of mercy.

Using the painting as his springboard, he has created this dark and somewhat brutal work brimming with turbulent rhythms and dramatic effects, but also with tender melodies. The piece has been written for three jazz soloists and an orchestra, one of the soloists being saxophonist Martin Robertson, who played in the work's première performance in 1996 and with the ensuing European tour.

Classical meets jazz – score meets improvisation. Here we detect clear influences from Miles Davis, but also classical references to Puccini and Mussorgsky. The piece's nine movements have been given names like Junior Addict, Needles, Crack Down and Elegy for Andy – a tribute to Turnage's brother.

Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Soloist: Martin Robertson, saxophone
NorrlandsOperans Symfoniorkester