Study No.6 Nancarrow

3:35 (2007)

video: Sophie Clements, Tal Rosner
music: Conlon Nancarrow, played by Thomas Ades

Video piece commissioned by the Barbican for the live performance of ‘Study No.6′ by the composer Conlon Nancarrow. Played live by Katia and Marielle Lebeque, played here by Thomas Ades. In the video, warm colours breathe with the gentle interplay of two voices: The top piano line is represented by movement from the top of the screen; the bass line represented by movement from the bottom. Through these waves of colour, where space between the parts is as important as their overlap, we catch glimpses of a journey down to Mexico, where Nancarrow lived for many years.