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BREATHE

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Long walks in the woods has brought Maria Elizabeth´s focus on the beech tree, which especially during the Covid Lockdown presented itself with an even greater poise and strength in the absence of noise from cars and planes. 

BREATHE portrays the beech tree seen in the light from the four world corners.

The story behind
BREATHE

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August the 18th will see the release of Maria Elizabeth´s instrumental work BREATHE. Please share and save this pre-save link to the music: https://MariaElizabeth.lnk.to/BREATHE

With a feeling of wandering among the “Tree People” a longing to capture the sense of this presence with Nature came. The idea of a sound installation in which audiences could feel absorbed by sound and expand a sense of Nature arose. The sound installation can be experienced at the Art Museum “Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad” in Silkeborg, Denmark as part of their exhibition “Amazing Nature”.

The round shape of the tree trunk is to Maria Elizabeth a symbol of the circle movement of Nature. The rotation of the earth, changing seasons, the rhythm of a day, the light changing etc. These are all conditions that modern human beings have distanced themselves from.

BREATHE was recorded at Frederiksdal Castle by the renowned Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen along with guitarist, Allan Sjølin and conducted by James Sherlock.

With the composition of BREATHE Maria Elizabeth is back in touch with her background in classical music from The Royal Academy of Music, Denmark and The Manhattan School of Music, New York.

Nature is a recurring theme for Maria Elizabeth. With the album “Circle the Woods” from 2018, produced in collaboration with Henrik Balling, the intent was to explore a new sensitivity towards Nature. In the following album “Prins” (“The Prince”) from 2022, which was co-written with renowned author Ib Michael, the sound of the ocean was a red thread weaving the music together.

BREATHE will be available digitally and on CD in the fall of 2023 and consists of four movements:

  1. The Euphoric Beech (East)

  2. The Passionate Beech (South)

  3. The Mature Beech (West)

  4. The Silent Beech (North).

In Danish:

BREATHE portrætterer bøgetræet set i lyset fra de fire verdenshjørner.

Lange gåture i Frederiksdals Skov under coronanedlukningen, fik komponist og musiker Maria Elizabeth til at fokusere på bøgetræet, der i fraværet af hvid støj fra motorveje og fly fremstod med stor pondus.

Fornemmelsen af det fælles åndedrag gennem fotosyntesen gav hende følelsen af at vandre blandt ”træfolket” og der opstod en længsel efter kunstnerisk at indfange fornemmelsen af dette nærvær med bøgetræet. Idéen om at skabe en lydinstallation, hvor man kunne lade sig absorbere af lyden og mærke øget sensitivitet af naturen, blev født og ud af den voksede kompositionen BREATHE, der nu og frem til efteråret kan opleves på Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad som del af museets udstilling ”Amazing Nature”.

Træstammens runde form er for Maria Elizabeth et symbol på naturens cirkelbevægelse. Det er jordens rotation, årstidernes vekslen, døgnets rytme etc. - et vilkår vi i det moderne samfund ofte lever i fuldstændig modsætning til.

BREATHE udgives digitalt og på CD i efteråret 2023 og består af satserne: 1.The Euphoric Beech (øst) 2.The Passionate Beech (syd) 3.The Mature Beech (vest) 4.The Silent Beech (nord).

BREATHE er indspillet af medlemmer af Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen og guitarist Allan Sjølin under ledelse af dirigent James Sherlock på Frederiksdal Slot.

 

Med BREATHE dykker Maria Elizabeth ned i sin klassiske baggrund fra Det Jydske Musikkonservatorium og The Manhattan School of Music i New York. Tema-afsættet i naturen er en tilbagevendende kerne for komponisten. Med albummet ”Circle the Woods” fra 2018, som hun producerede i samarbejde med Henrik Balling, koncentrerede hun sit fokus om netop dét at sanse naturen. Det efterfølgende album ”Prins” fra 2022, som hun skrev i samarbejde med forfatter Ib Michael, inkluderede bl.a. lyden af havet som en tilbagevendende rød tråd gennem hele albummet.

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