Portrait of Leonie Roessler and Akane Takada

Leonie had two residencies in Switzerland as a guest composer for Forum Wallis Contemporary Music Festival, and spent a week as a participant of Pierre Mariétan’s as Atelier EcoArt in the Swiss Mountains. During these times she archive the sound of fresh water running down the mountains. Water that collects in basins on trails and in villages, clean and there for everyone to drink. All of these small fountains or basins have a characteristic sound, a different pitch, or even a melody.

Leonie Roessler field recording in Switzerland

Leonie analyzed the spectrum of these recordings and wrote six piano pieces especially for, and in collaboration with, Akane Takada.

Akane Takada premiering Eau at Studio LOOS in The Hague

This work is supported by IGNM-VS / Forum Wallis because of its artistic and environmental importance in a time in which water, and “the right to water” is increasingly becoming part of a political debate. Eau was premiered at the concert series Ephémère at Studio LOOS in The Hague and also performed at Podium Emmakade in The Hague. Individual Pieces have been have been released through on compilations by Noise à Noise, Syrphe, and aquietroom. Listen to a live performance of the entire work here: