Saxófónleikarinn Phil Doyle leggur áherslu á að beina kröftum hinna mörgu að sameiginlegri niðurstöðu. Hljóðið er verkfæri einstaklingsins til að túlka tilgang augnabliksins og þegar best lætur raðast þessi hljóð saman í eina upplifun sem er ólík en jafnframt mun stærri. Þegar haft er í huga að elstu hljóðfærin eru meira en 40 þúsund ára gömul má segja að allt tónlistarfólk viðhaldi gárunum í hljóðbylgju tímans. Sem flytjandi (og kennari við Eastern Washington University) leggur Phil áherslu á milliliðalaust samband sitt við hljóðfærið, náttúrulega harmóníu umhverfisins og frjálsan spuna með toppfólki, ekki síst Einari Scheving, en leiðir þeirra lágu fyrst saman í Miami fyrir áratug.
Saxophonist Phil Doyle with Einar Scheving on drums, Ari Bragi Kárason on trumpet and Eyþór Gunnarsson on piano.
“For me, music is, and always has been, about the many becoming the “One”. Through some mystic channel we find ourselves expressing through sound the meaning of our individual moments, and when by the magic muses our ideas align, we all can find ourselves effectively coalesced within a much different and arguably even more real consciousness. The oldest instrument known to man, a flute made of bone now over 40,000 years old is curiously tuned to the pentatonic scale. This suggests a universality or perhaps better said, a “source” from which music truly springs. In that sense, one might say all musicians are contributors to the ripples of sound that started so long ago. Personally, as both a performer and teacher (at Eastern Washington University in the US) my music is focused on the expression and freedom found within an honest connection to one’s instrument, the harmonics of nature and particularly for this venue, free-form improvisation. This kind of improvisation asks a lot of the musicians performing it. Not only does it ask for an intimate connection with the instruments themselves, but also a real and giving exchange of musical intent. In the right group, in the right spirit, music is nothing short of a mysterious beauty and at its best helps us to remember that out of “One” we are, in fact, many. I’m very excited to be collaborating with three of the finest players in Iceland, with a particular joy coming from playing with drummer Einar Scheving again. We first played together over 10 years ago now at the University of Miami in the US and I am proud to say that he continues to be an inspiration to me as a composer, friend, and colleague. It’s my sincere honor to be a part of this year’s festival. Með þakklæti.” – Phil Doyle
Fríkirkjan – August 15th – 21.30