British guitarist and composer Pete Harden creates work that seeks out new forms and structures, concepts explored within rich sonic environments. Recent projects have focused on the collaborative process, working with French DJ Chloé Thévenin on music for Maud le Pladec’s dance production Static-Shot, and with pianist Saskia Lankhoorn in the duo Avenue Azure. As artistic director of The Hague-based Ensemble Klang, a group of versatile and virtuosic players on brass, guitar, percussion and keys, Harden has been at the heart of their dynamic approach to contemporary music for almost two decades.
About the work
The Gevangenpoort is the former gateway to the city of The Hague. Stood under its arched roof, in medieval times, you would also be sheltering under the city jail, housed in the building above. Separated acoustically from the outside world this vaulted passageway is a place of transition. The two sections that form 'Threshold & Release' are written especially for this interim space that exists between worlds. Its source material is beating patterns: rhythmic pulses generated by the simultaneous sounding of two similar tones. These musical patterns exist solely as moments of transition, being neither one tone nor the other, and yet within that passing moment also find a place of residence, a place of resolution.