On Wednesday 9 October Vincent Ranallo and Duo Airs (Louis-Philippe Bonin, saxophone David Therrien-Brongo, percussions) premiere Jeffrey Holmes’ new work Erilaz for baritone voice, baritone saxophone, percussion at the Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montréal, Canada.
The text for Erilaz is taken from an esoteric, reputedly magical inscription made on a bone antler carved into the shape of a rib bone made between the 2nd and 4th centuries CE, and found in Skåne (modern-day Sweden), cataloged as the Lindholm Amulet (DR 261, Rundata).
The carving was made in the Elder Futhark written system of runes, notating a Proto-Germanic or Proto-Scandinavian dialect. The meaning is not clear, but it appears to be a magickal or ritualistic chant or appeal to the Old Gods. Both the transliteration and the interpretation of the original runic text are made by the composer.
Erilaz, as well as other works by Jeffrey Holmes are available to browse hire and purchase through Composers Edition website.
Wednesday 9 October 2019, 8:30pm
Airs Spectraux, with Duo Airs (Louis-Philippe Bonin, saxophone and David Therrien-Brongo, percussions) and Vincent Ranallo (guest baritone)
Programme features Jeffrey Holmes Erilaz (World Premiere) also works by Scelsi, Dubedout, Leroux and Romitelli.
Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montréal, Canada