Electronic silence in Hagar Qim

Nothing like this has ever happened before in Malta.

This coming March the ancient World Heritage temples of Hagar Qim will be host to ‘Oracle’, Malta’s seminal silent concert, an exclusive performance by the Maltese ‘Cygna‘ to an audience 300 strong. Cygna will also be working with the French sound artist Vincent Villuis on this 90 minute performance.

The mind behind Cygna’s complex and captivating musical work is the young and humble musical prodigy Mario Sammut. Although already possessing international recognition, Cygna’s album launch last year allured in the Maltese public with the artists’ deep and penetrating sounds and since then recognition has rapidly accrued. A strong scent of the electronic trance movement follows Sammut yet he has transcended conventions to take his music to a heightened level of craftsmanship and mobility. He is continually planning to immerse audiences in his sonic creations, this time hidden in the ancient limestone temples of Hagar Qim.

Oracle is an electronic music concert that introduces cutting-edge technology and links history with modern day. The events’ contemporary electronic music will be created in collaboration with Lyon’s French sound designer and composer, Vincent Villuis, otherwise known as Aes Dana. Together these artists are investigating Ħaġar Qim’s prehistoric sites, shaping their ideas and compositions, shifting audio material between the site and the studio, all in their development of a 10 minute sonar piece.

Throughout the 90 minute “silent concert”, cosy to wireless headsets, the audience form unique personalised encounters to the site and live music. This exceptional concert is a rare opportunity not only for global music lovers but also for the Maltese community with their strong connection to this cultural site. Charged with history and natural energy, this concert will be a one-off event that celebrates the day after the March equinox and marks the advent of spring. Sammut believes that the amalgamation of the site with his compositions, alongside the audio-visual experience, will cause a rich holistic experience that would be impossible to discover any other way.

Building up from groundings of organic sound, the sound artist found himself standing at the birthplace of Symphonic Ambient. Sammut also accredited as the creator of ‘Organic Atmospheres’, a characterful atmospheric style of working.
Since 1998, Sammut has been amplifying previously unheard of combinations of modified ambient sounds that are further evolved with classical instruments. Building up from groundings of organic sound, the sound artist found himself standing at the birthplace of Symphonic Ambient. He is also accredited as the creator of ‘Organic Atmospheres’, a characterful atmospheric style of working. Now a founding member of the rubberbodies collective, Sammut works directly on original compositions for theatre performances. He has collaborated with film producers and has performed at various music festivals, locally but often abroad. In June 2011, Cygna launched his debut album Opus Ena: Symhonic Ambient Works with a live audiovisual performance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta . Sound works can be found on www.cygnamusic.com.

This event will take place on 23rd March and tickets can be purchased from all Heritage Malta sites and museums. For further information email pr@rubber-bodies.com, info@cygnamusic.com or contact 99249405.

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