HAMAR (Basque word for the number TEN) is a work composed for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its inauguration. Composer Gabriel Erkoreka conceived the piece to be performed during visiting hours throughout all areas of the Museum: a music installation for a chamber ensemble of piccolo, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin and cello. The piece Is played in different rooms simultaneously, with the instruments sometimes finding each other and then parting again, so that each visitor has a different experience of the music.
With this unusual approach, Erkoreka intended to emphasise the relationship between music and other arts; similar to Frank Gehry’s achitecture, his piece is full of movement, and uses different textures and ‘materials‘during its tour of the space, creating a dialogue between the artworks and the music which influences the visitor’s experience of the museum, adding a new dimension, and in turn reflecting the artistic diversity of the Guggenheim itself.
Music: Gabriel Erkoreka
Musical Director: Andrea Cazzaniga, Ensemble Kuraia
A Sintonía Media production in association with the BBVA Foundation