Gama premieres at The National Sawdust a new solo work for acrux and toha, two contemporary musical instruments from his Pangeia Instrumentos series. Both instruments originate from the use of a composition method where concept, design, the construction of the instruments and scoring share the same relevance in the writing process. His instrument, Toha, for instance, was inspired by the nest of the sociable weaver birds in the Namibe and Kalahari deserts. The harp-like instrument is meant to be played by two people, just like the birds who would make a home in the nest.
In Ocea Mundo, Gama travels to the oceanic planet Eguanalam to narrate an encounter between humans migrating across the galaxy and an alien life form that may or may not be human, or even alive. Plunging listeners into dreamlike landscapes of volatile proliferation: shape-shifting beings, incarnate weather, carnal jet-streams, and waters churning with undercurrents of violence, passion, pain and love, Gama draws on science fiction to tell the timeless story of the travel, conquest and colonialism. The acrux is a direct descendant from Ocea Mundo, as both story and instrument developed over a period of nearly twenty years. Of Victor Gama’s music the Gardian’s critic John Walkers wrote ‘In performance, Gama’s meditative solo pieces for the metallic acrux evoked both the Balinese gamelan and Cage’s prepared piano, while his studies for the gleaming toha had the sophisticated simplicity of Howard Skempton or Ludovico Einaudi’. Audience members will be invited on stage to play the last piece.