El anillo invisible que sujeta el mundo de la forma al mundo de la idea was commisioned by the reknown Ensemble Phoenix Basel, a formation known for its interpretations of pieces by composers such as Zbigniew Karkowski, John Duncan, Lou Reed, William Bene , Jerome Noetinger among others.
It has been performed live in Switzerland, in Basel and Geneve in June 2016. This recording consists of the live (no further mixing) in Geneva on June 12th, 2016 at Cave 12. Although it was not intended, tragic circumstances automatically qualified the piece as an hommage to the late Daniel Buess, co-founder of the Ensemble Phoenix Basel who died a few months before the piece was finished. A physical exercise, aligning all instruments to perform form the highest possible frequencies down to he limits of infrasound before converging to an endless procession - lament
A note on the piece by ILIOS:
Back in 2014, Swiss percussionist and friend, Daniel Buess co-founder of Ensemble Phoenix Basel invited me to compose a piece for the ensemble, to premiere in June 2016. Due to his active involvement in sound art and non-academic/ classical musics, Daniel Buess had exercised for the few
past years as the Ensemble’s main link withthe contemporary sound art, experimental music and noise scenes reaching out to fellow sound artists each year commisioning works that were aimed in expanding the unique nature of Ensemble Phoenix Basel as an open minded group of musicians with genuine interest in innovation.This was my first piece commisioned by such an ensemble and some general sketches and ideas were drawn, aiming to bring my own researches on the physicality of sound to a more structured frame consisting of classical instruments, in order to match them with the ensemble‘s instruments’ possibilities and frequency range limitations.
With a few months le till completion, the whole project was suddenly muted due to the tragic circumstances and eventual loss of Daniel.
In the peak of uncertainty and grief, the members of the Ensemble and I, decided to go on with the piece; the composition itself gradually shi ed direction evolving to an hommage to the charismatic musician and beloved friend whose spirit was suspending among us.
Dedicated to his memory, the piece “El anillo invisible que sujeta el mundo de la formaal mundo de la idea” was performed in total darkness for three consecutive nights in Basel (HeK) and Geneva (Cave12).
This is the live recording of the Geneva performance.
ILIOS Athens 2017
released June 12, 2017
Bass Flute / Flute: Christoph Bösch
Contrabass: Aleksander Gabrys
Violin: Wojciech Garbowski
Electric Guitar: Maurizio Grandinetti
Percussion: Sebastian Hofmann
Oscillators/ Field Recordings: ILIOS
Trumpet: Nenad Markovic
Electronics: Thomas Peter
Bass Clarinet / Clarinet: Toshiko Sakakibara
Baritone Saxophone: Remo Schnyder
Keyboards: Samuel Wettstein
Written and conducted by ILIOS
Performed live in Geneva at Cave12 on June 12th 2016