Jaas++ [Johan Arnold Arrias Solo + ensemble]
This project was about creating both a solo piece and compositions for ensemble. The idea was to write pieces open to varying instrumentations and number of players. This created a process of thinking about how to combine the individual process of the musician with the process of an ensemble, and resulted in a number of compositions, some of them being more like methods or rules for improvising, some more traditionally notated, with a total length of approximately 60 minutes.
To perform the ensemble pieces at the premiere (Fylkingen, Stockholm 2012) a quintet consisting of some of the finest musicians in the Stockholm scene of improvisors was put together.
Listen : Sound of Wall
After the premiere of JAAS++ the group continued performing the pieces and free improvisations under the name Jaas.
During the project I also created a video presenting a number of drawings (coal on a single paper) for a melodic piece, Fågel, that distinguishes itself from the main approach of the musical work in JAA++