Sol Path is an immersive music and media work by composer/cognitive scientist Bruno Louchouarn, commissioned for the AxS 2014 | SPHAERAE temporary pavilion.
Inspired by the exploratory path that the Mars Rover takes over the course of a sol – a Martian day- Sol Path explores the intricate interactions between an Earth-bound team of explorers and a robotic space lab as it searches for signs of life millions of miles away.
Sol Path was developed through a residency at NASA/JPL during which Louchouarn met with Mars Mission team members including rover drivers, robotics engineers and members of the “planetary protection team” and collected interviews, images and data that are incorporated into the score and media installation.
Sol Path features renowned violist Brett Deubner and projection design by award-winning Adam Larsen.
Composer Bruno Louchouarn’s practice bridges new music, sound design and art installation; and is informed by his academic research in the cognitive aspects of music.
Louchouarn’s immersive works have been presented at the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Festival and Liverpool Biennale, Santa Monica’s GLOW Festival and Transatlantyk Music and Film Festival in Poland, as well as previous AxS Festivals.
Premieres of his new music have been performed at The Colburn School, Royce Hall, REDCAT, Getty Center and Villa as well as Juilliard, University of Southern California, University of Akron, Chapman School of Music, Occidental College.
In 2014-15 Louchouarn will compose new works for contemporary choreographers, Jacques Heim of Diavolo Dance, Deborah Slater of Deborah Slater Dance Theatre and Susan Jaffe, Dean of Dance at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Louchouarn is an Associate Professor of interdisciplinary arts at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a researcher at its Center for Design Innovation.
Visit Bruno Louchouarn’s website: www.brunolouchouarn.com
Brett Deubner, one of this generation’s most accomplished violists, has inspired worldwide critical acclaim for his powerful intensity and sumptuous tone. Deubner’s commitment to extending the viola repertoire has resulted in collaborations with some of today’s greatest composers, including Samuel Adler, Lalo Schifrin, Andrew Rudin, David Del Tredici and several of this generation’s leading young composers. To date, over eighty works for viola — including over thirty viola concerti and numerous solo and chamber works for viola — have been dedicated to and premiered by Mr. Deubner.
Visit Brett Deubner’s website: brettdeubner.com
Adam Larsen is a filmmaker and projection designer. He has designed nearly one hundred productions both on and off Broadway, including: Hal Prince’sLoveMusik (Broadway); The Gospel at Colonus (Athens, Edinburgh and Spoleto Festivals); The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Singapore and Edinburgh Festival); Brief Encounters and My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival); The Women of Brewster Place(Alliance / Arena Stage); Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Alliance Theatre);big (Atlanta Ballet); Love Lies Bleeding, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Balletlujah (Alberta Ballet); From the House of the Dead (Canadian Opera); Lily Plants a Garden (Mark Taper); Maa (Atlanta Symphony / GloAtl); Agrippina (Opera Omaha); Semele (Pacific Musicworks); Quartet (Aspen Santa Fe Ballet); Seed(Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet); Second Hand and Phorion (New World Symphony); Black Whole (Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center / Moog Music); Le Martyre de St. Sebastien and Peer Gynt (San Francisco Symphony).
Adam holds a B.F.A. in cinematography from North Carolina School of the Arts. His documentary about autism entitled Neurotypical aired on the PBS series POV in July.
Visit Adam Larsen’s website: hum-bar.com
Composition and Soundscape by Bruno Louchouarn.
Guest violist Brett Deubner.
Immersive Media Design by Adam Larsen.
A L’Atelier Production, directed by Corey Madden.
Presented by AxS Festival in association with L’Atelier Arts.
Special thanks to Michelle Viotti and Sarah Marcotte at NASA/JPL.