composer | director
percussion solo, samples, video
composed and directed by Arnoud Noordegraaf
written for Arnold Marinissen
inspired by the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico
art director: Anthony Sgard
actor on film: Yahya Gaier
premiere: December 2008, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
score and technical guide available on request
Soloist is a portrait of the percussionist and a stranger, played on video by Yahya Gaier. The two are bound by their mutual presence, and by the fact that their instruments and sound are switched: the live percussionist has many instruments, that produce real and live sounds, but none of them is a traditional percussion instrument. And the video percussionist is trapped in a surrealistic painting, with all the percussion instruments you can imagine, but producing only abstract sounds.
Together they have to reinvent language in order to communicate. Arnold plays three sets of instruments, divided on the stage. The video is centered on stage on a relatively small screen, close to the live player.
The instrumentation features wild combinations of drums, bottles, bricks, 8 bass drum pedals, long whipping twigs and a pile of sand.
percussion: Arnold Marinissen
actor: Yahya Gaier
videoproduction: Joggem Simons / inexcelsisvideo.nl
camera: Lennert Hillege
film set design and art direction: Anthony Sgard
concert production: Frank van der Weij
video excerpts of Soloist (Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, 2009)
featurette: filming Soloist