Liza Lim extends double-bass technique

Florentin Ginot plays Table of Knowledge Liza Lim
Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia (c) A. Avezzu

On Saturday 29 September the French double-bass player Florentin Ginot gave the Italian premiere of Table of Knowledge that Liza Lim composed for him. It was one of four pieces in his theatrical concert Not Here, the other composers on the programme were Rebecca Saunders, Georges Aperghis and Sebastian Rivas.

The adventurous Lim extends the expressive range of the double bass using a simple yet effective Vietnamese technique. This enables the performer to produce overtones using his mouth as a resonator, while simultaneously playing his instrument.

It was exciting and a bit eery to hear Ginot create a kind of ghost choir that enveloped the regular sounds of the bass like a halo. He performed Table of Knowledge to great effect at Teatro alle Tese, the audience was thrilled.

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