Marc Sabat's Gisoeffo Zarlino is "the third in a series of pieces inspired by ideas in the history of music theory, which I seek to experience and unfold in a sounding world" (taken from the liner notes by the composer). In the piece, unfolding cyclically over 70 minutes, voices, strings, harp, and flute, weave through each other exploring a novel tonal space developed by the Renaissance Italian Composer-Theorist, Gioseffo Zarlino in 1558 and reinterpreted in the 21st Century by Sabat. By articulating minor differences in tone and interval (through instrumentation and vowel formants) during successive interpretations of the piece, Sabat conjures the spirit of restless innovation put forth, and all too often forgotten in modernity, over 400 years ago by music theorists such as Zarlino.
released October 15, 2020
Rebecca Lane quarter tone bass flute
Fredrik Rasten guitar
Marta Garcia-Gomez harp
Thomas Nicholson positive organ
Catherine Lamb & Yannick Guedon voices
Silvia Tarozzi violin
Marc Sabat viola
Deborah Walker cello
Born in Kitchener, Canada in 1965, Marc Sabat is a composer and violinist based in Berlin. With Wolfgang von Schweinitz, he
co-founded the Plainsound Music Edition website in 2000, conceived as a curated, interdisciplinary virtual artists’ edition. In collaboration with Catherine Lamb and Rebecca Lane Sabat co-founded the Harmonic Space Orchestra.