BURSZTYN VI: Minimaquina IIIa: for prepared saxophones and accordion

Camilo MENDEZ (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


BURSZTYN pays homage to Colombian sculptor Feliza Bursztyn (1933-1982), known for works welded from scrap metal and other waste materials. In her sculptures, discarded objects are clearly visible and remind the viewer of their former functionality, but coalesce into new structures that the artist refers to as “impossible objects.” Méndez takes inspiration from two series of works by Bursztyn, one titled Minimáquinas, and the other Flexidras. The former are small, tidy, machine-like structures with movable parts; the latter are chaotic assemblages of wire that, while static, appear to be in movement.

Bursztyn’s transformations of familiar objects—closely related to Méndez’s own practice of defamiliarizing instruments through “preparations” and extended techniques—propelled the composer towards an even more radical metamorphosis of traditional instruments, in search of “impossible” musical objects. In “BURSZTYN VI: Minimáquina III,” the alto saxophone is treated similarly, the soprano saxophone is fitted with a trumpet mute, and the accordionist briefly uses the voice to mimic the sounds made by the instrument.

Text by Manuel Laufer
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOther
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2022

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