John Wynne - Upcountry
  Year :   1999
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Sonic Portrait
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London Octaphonic version premiered at the AGON Festival in Milan. Broadcast in UK, Germany, Canada, Australia and the US.





 
  Work Details  
  Upcountry began as the second in a series ofsonic portraitsof Kenyans I have met during my travels in their country. The subject is William Ingosi Mwoshi, a master musician of the Luhyia community from the region just north of Lake Victoria.Upcountry is the term used by people in Nairobi to refer to other parts of Kenya: to go upcountry is to leave Nairobi, often carrying the implication of going home . The sound sources for this piece are derived exclusively from recordings of Ingosi I made while visiting his home in the remote village of Kamulembe and walking with him around the vicinity and in Kakamega rainforest. This forest is where Luhyia musicians and instrument makers traditionally obtained the raw materials for their instruments and was a rich source of raw materials for my piece. These sonic sources have been manipulated via computer to create a piece which moves from documentary to rhythmic abstraction - and back - to reflect the essentially social aspects of Ingosi s life and work and to draw on the rhythmic complexity of his music and his environment, but very much filtered through my own compositional outlook and methods.