Concerts & DJs
Stephan Mathieu & Carolina Mikalef: Constellations
17 June | Planetari CosmoCaixa | 20:00
18 June | Planetari CosmoCaixa | 20:00
19 June | Planetari CosmoCaixa | 20:00


Produced especially for the CosmoCaixa planetarium, Constellations is an audiovisual project by Stephan Mathieu and Carolina Mikalef, inspired by the music of the composer Antonio de Cabezón, known as the “Spanish Bach” and whose fifth centenary is commemorated this year. The origins of the project are to be found in the series Virginals, works in which Stephan Mathieu uses modern technology to compose music for ancient instruments. For ’Constellations’, Mathieu and Mikalef will utilize electromagnets to set the strings of a harpsichord into continuous vibration. By expanding the natural sound of the instrument using magnetic fields, the resonating strings generate harmonically rich sonorities that gradually fill the planetarium space with overtonal patterns. To frame the piece with a prelude and coda, Carles Budó will perform special interpretations of original music by Antonio de Cabezón (who composed by applying theories of astronomy) on a second instrument, to create a surprising dialogue between the work of the Renaissance composer and Stephan Mathieu and Carolina Mikalef's take on sound. Using spotlights and a purpose built mobile, constructed with optical lenses, mirrors (given by Carl Zeiss Jena), acrylic and metal discs, a series of subtle “light forms” will be projected onto the planetarium dome. Spectral light, reflections and shadows will constantly reconfigure, alluding to the constellations that give this multisensory experience its name. Curated by Arnau Horta.

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Thursday 17 | Sonar by Day | Planetari CosmoCaixa