I have come to notice that the outcomes of the dialogue with the audience is crucial for the improvisational communication between me and the pianist in Impromans, Conny Antonov. This has very much to do with the room of the performance, and its implicated expectations and discourses. As improvisation is very dependent on the context of the room, Antonov and I decided to explore performing in a more intimate space, similar to the actual rooms where salons and improvisations usually took place until the end of the 19th century.
In relation to the salon, I decided to create an exhibition presenting Western music history, focusing on aspects of vocal improvisation (where music and text are created) and gender. I designed an exhibition on the story and practice of vocal improvisation, with the help of artist and teacher Margot Edström at the Inter Arts Center. The exhibition is an attempt to contribute to communicating on music history from a singer’s and artistic researcher’s perspective, since these are not usually represented in music history literary formats, which in practice work as canons in the HME and professional musical fields.
The exhibition was premiered at Orenaes Saloner in Denmark in November 2015. It has also been presented at the Swedish Research Council symposium at the Inter Arts Center, Suellska Villan in Malmö, Helsingborgs Konserthus and in the library of Malmö Academy of Music.