John Potter, tenor voice
Ambrose Field, composer and live electronics
Ambrose Field created Being Dufay in 2007, using extracts from Guillaume Dufay’s songs and motets sung by John Potter. From the outset, it was conceived both as a studio album and an hour-long concert event. In this live realisation of a studio sound world, Dufay’s music is presented intact, not something weird and alien, but rather an ‘investigation’ into the potential already in the original material. John sings the Dufay lines, while Ambrose digitally modifies newly composed material. The result is a rich, contemporary sound world which retains the essence of 15th-century Franco-Flemish polyphony.
ECM are releasing the CD of Being Dufay early in 2009, and the first launch event takes place in the Resonanzen Festival at the Vienna Konzerthaus on January 21st.