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Memorial by Mette Hommel

𝑴𝑬𝑴𝑶𝑹𝑰𝑨𝑳 was an improvised site-specific piece played for the monument Memorial in Mindeparken in Aarhus in memory of fallen Danish and German soldiers. The monument contains four reliefs showing different scenes from the war entitled Departure, Battle, Armistice and Return.
Artist statement about MEMORIAL:
“Hidden in the middle of Mindeparken in the Southern part of Aarhus is a secret circle of sound.
You almost have to know it is there to find it. It is its own secluded little world. In here, everything sounds different, the light is different, it is a whole other world from the park surrounding it. Here you can find 4.140 names of dead people. You can walk amongst those, and no matter how softly you speak, your voice will be heard all over.
In this monument, I created a piece of site-specific music named after the monument, Memorial. I let the reliefs and the atmosphere be the foundation of the music, I let it surround me, and thus I disappeared into a world that was not my own.”
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐥
Mette Hommel, who has her bachelor degree in classical flute at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. The past couple of years, Hommel has dived into the world of improvisation and actually created Memorial as an audition for the Master in Contemporary Improvisationat the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, where she went on exchange in the academic year 20/21.
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐔𝐀𝐂
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