Federico Pozzer - Sfffz in C

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Sfffz in C is a piece that explores two different time regulators. During the performance, the same score is performed twice; first, all the musicians play it following the tempo given by metronome; then, each performer plays the same score again, using the lengths of their own inhaling and exhaling as flexible bars to shape the timings and the note onsets. The changes in synchronisation, durations of sounds, and unisons occurring throughout the piece aim to reveal the differences between the steady and regular pulse of the metronome Versus the flexible and subjective length of performers' breathing.

Composer: Federico Pozzer

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Federico Pozzer is a composer, performer, and researcher. Influenced by experimental music practices, his work currently explores how indeterminate and determinate changes in players’ breathing can shape certain aspects of a piece of music. His interest in the indeterminacy and the timings of breathing led him to use performers' breathing as a musical regulator, to categorise different modes of breathing and to question the thresholds in between through composition, installation, and improvisation. Federico often collaborates with pianist Kate Ledger and he wrote pieces for several musicians including flautist Kathryn Williams and composer-performer Joseph Kudirka. His works have been performed at MINIMALISM Festival 2.0 (London), Ostrava Days (Czech Republic), Splendor (Amsterdam), Constellation (Chicago), University of Huddersfield, KM28 (Berlin). In 2019 his CD ‘Breath’ was released by British label Another Timbre. His recordings have been broadcasted by Keith F’eM, Concertzender Radio, and Radio 3 and his scores have been published in IM–OS Improvised Music-Open Scores and THE MASS. Federico is currently finishing his PhD at the University of Leeds where he is supervised by Dr Scott McLaughlin and Dr Mic Spencer.