By Matan Daskal, Shalev Nee’man,
and the orchestra members, hosting Ohad Fishof
Number of performers
11 - 17
Original cast: Conductor: Matan Daskal / Oboe: Mariona Godia / French horn: Ofer Etzioni / Trombone: Ma'ayan Milo / Harp: Tal Vaknin / Computer: Asaf Meidan / Percussion: Shalev Ne'eman, Gonene Rosenberg / Synthesizers: Yonatan Daskal / Voice and composition: Chanan Ben Simon, Anna Lann / Violins: Anya Doulov, Marina Buchta, Aviel Sulam, Tom Mitnitzky / Cello: Raphael Kabukalo / Double bass: Ofir Ben Zayon / Graphic design: Efrat Solomon / Photo: Malu Zayon
OTOTO is a 1-hour piece for an orchestra playing music in a circle, creating an imaginary futuristic tribe. Composer Matan Daskal uses a sign language inspired by "Soundpainting" which creates a hybrid between dancing and conducting, allowing a live improvisation with the musicians, converting the stage into a vibrant arena with unexpected behaviors. As in the previous pieces of Castle in Time Orchestra, the computer player sends his tentacles and manipulates all the acoustic instruments during the concert-giving them a dynamic electronic timbre. OTOTO contains extraordinary virtuosity solos which bring out the individual players, alongside mass group moments of a wide and big orchestral color. The piece is breaking down the word OTOTO, as it sounds and as it's written: The "O" represents long times, the breath, the open space. The "T" represents short times, the groove, and repeated rhythmic events. Like the word, the piece is divided into 5 parts: O, T, O, T, O and ends with a surprising musical dialogue with an outer-space time traveler.
OTOTO was created thanks to the generosity of Mifal Hapais and Beit Avi Chai and premiered in May 2018.
Performed at Beit Avi Chai, International Exposure Festival at the Yellow Submarine, Barby TLV, and TLV Dance Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre.
From the Press
“The connection between the musicians and Daskal was so strong, you could imagine him sending them to float above the stage with a hand gesture. It created a unique mesmerizing experience of hypotonic chaos, broken but whole”