mobius ii for hardanger fiddle & fixed media by British composer Rose Dodd is the result of a two part residency at NOTAM, supported by the Musician’s Benevolent Fund Professional Development award and CeReNeM, the University of Huddersfield.
The piece is a meditation/lament for the young politicians of Utøya who were massacred in idyllic surroundings on a fateful day in July 2011. Its opening is centred around environmental recordings Dodd made close to Utoya island evoking the peace, beauty & inspiration that the innocents sought in their political activism during their Summer camp. Through its unfolding the fiddle becomes more integral to the work. The fiddle captures the strong folk heritage of Norway – laying its soul bare – in solidarity with those lost souls.
The title ‘mobius’ refers to recurrent issues across the whole cycle; of static harmonic cycles, minimal teleological structures and the evocation of nostalgic soundworlds, which though using different sound sources/instruments follow a mobius strip linearity of creative compositional practice.
mobius ii is performed by Britt Pernille Froholm.
Top photo: Britt Pernille Frøholm (left) and Rose Dodd in NOTAM’s Studio Nordheim, May 2011.