Laura Toxvaerd - composer, saxophonist, artistic research
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Composition of graphic and sonic works through the improvisers’ co-creation
By Laura Toxværd 2015-2016 as an adjunct lecturer at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen. The project was carried out on the basis of a positive evaluation from the Danish Ministry of Culture’s Committee for Artistic Research and funded by the committee’s pool funds.
Short project description
Taking my compositions as a point of departure, the project investigates the improvisers’ co-creation in the compositional process. The composer (in this case, I) explores how improvisers’ ideas can be integrated in the development of the compositions, and explores what impact the integration has on the works of art. In the project, graphic scores are being designed, through the means of which I am seeking to bring forth new aesthetic forms of expressions.
Along the way in this project, I have been creating new compositions that came to be drawn out as scores, which were continually adapted and re-arranged on the basis of the improvising musicians’ concert performances of the existing compositions. The musicians, besides myself on alto sax and clarinet, were the trio Dødens Garderobe: Jeppe Zeeberg , piano; Nicolai Kaas Claesson, bass; Rune Lohse, drums.
The working method could be characterized as an iterative artistic developmental process, which shuttled back and forth between my own compositional work, together with the design and elaboration of the graphic scores, and the videotaped rehearsals and performances of my compositions with the collaborating musicians.
Example of a video recording from a process concert during the project held at RMC and organized in collaboration with the composer collective SKRÆP - LINK
A main result in relation to the project’s method (transferable to other practice-oriented art forms) is the development of this collaborative working process where repeated video filmed performances were analyzed and became the new material for the next revision and the next performance.
The artistic result of the project is a multi-modal work which can be heard, read and seen:
Presentations of the project
05.11.2016: Participant in the panel of discussion, presentation and concert (& co-arranger) at the Danish artistic research network’s Artistic Research Festival, Royal Danish Academy of Music - LINK
20.05.2016: Presentation at the conference "Musikpædagogik - opgaver og udfordringer", DPU, Aarhus University - LINK
13.04. 2016: Presentation at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory consisting of at trio concert, lecture about the project’s artistic choices/methods, critical response from internal and external opponents, discussion with the opponents and questions from the audience. In addition release of the project’s book Compositions - 18 Graphic Scores - LINK
17.03.2016: The double concert Laura Toxvaerd Compositions in Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, where the majority of the project’s graphic scores were performed by two different ensembles - LINK
18.11.2015: Presentation of preliminary research results at the peer reviewed international artistic research symposium "Unfolding the Process", Norwegian Academy of Music, The Arne Norheim Center for Artistic Research - LINK
12.11.2015: Presentation of preliminary research results at the Danish artistic research network’s seminar at Schæffergården - LINK
Royal Danish Academy of Music (summer 2017): Compositions - 18 Graphic Scores exhibited at the library
DownBeat (May, 2017): Artist portrait and interview with description of the project - LINK
"Komposition af grafiske og soniske værker gennem improvisatorers medskabelse" in Haugland, A.G. (ed.) (2016) Kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed - antologi 2016. Frederiksberg: The Royal Danish Academy of Music - LINK
DownBeat (Oct, 2016): Project mentioned in an article about Copenhagen Jazz Festival - LINK
The New York City Jazz Record (Sept, 2016): Project mentioned in an article about Copenhagen Jazz Festival - LINK
Jazzhouse&Global Magasin (Febr./March, 2016): Interview and graphic scores shown - LINK
DownBeat (March, 2016): Interview in an article about the record label ILK - LINK
New York University, Dept. of Music & Performing arts (Febr, 2016): Research visit to Prof. David J. Elliott
Artistic Research Forum, Kristiansand, Norway (Oct, 2015): Nordic guest
The European Platform for Artistic Research in Music Conference in Graz, Austria (April 2015): Participant
Supervisors’ Seminar & Norwegian Artistic Research Spring Forum in Asker, Norway (March 2015): Nordic guest
RMC’s website, interview - LINK
Continuous blogging and video clips at RMC’s website, example - LINK
The project’s artistic results are by The New York City Jazz Record selected as 'honorable mentions - new releases 2016', 'recommended new releases' (Oct & Nov, 2016) and reviewed (Febr, 2017) - LINK. Reviews also in Jazz Journal (Jan, 2017), A Jazz Noise (Jan, 2017) - LINK, Jazzmosaïek (Sept, 2016) - LINK, Lira (Sept, 2016) - LINK, Jazz Special (Sept, 2016) - LINK, JazzNyt (August, 2016) - LINK, salt-peanuts (July, 2016) - LINK, and Weekendavisen (July, 2016) - LINK