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Dark Ground | Tansy Davies

The Dutch Golden Collection in cooperation with Orkest de Ereprijs and Musis Arnhem


Dark Ground by Tansy Davies for percussion solo set-up.
This work is promoted by DGCF but not commissioned.

This live recording took place in the big hall of the Musis, Arnhem and was broadcast on national Dutch TV during the week of Andriessen Festival 6-13 Maart 2021 organised by the Orkest de Ereprijs.

Konstantyn Napolov | percussion

About the piece: Dark Ground inhabits an imaginary space where a ritual takes place. Davies sees the space as a circle, and within that circle, cyclic patterns and formations are enacted, each leaving a mark on the space, or an echo that resounds beneath what follows. Everything grows up from a root – the Pedal Bass Drum – a dead sound, with a cycle in a simple yet deceptive 7/8. The shapes and patterns that grow from the Bass Drum have directions of their own, but when they stray too far, they lose power and disappear. Like gravity, the Bass Drum pulls things to the ground.

The score is available at Faber publisher
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