Lualuna tai, directly translated to “two hands-one” in a distant language from the Corail sea, is a work that articulates itself around the number 11, like the 11 instruments it is formed from. This poetic etymology reflects upon our inherent need to link what “exceeds” us (a number bigger than 10) to an experience we all share (the 10 fingers of our hands).
Two hands and one, where in music each instrument is at times integrated in the ranks of the group or projected, as soloist, in front of the 10 others. The 11 is omnipresent, like the first step in a new world or the celebration of a palindrome.
An archaic language that hides a meaning and a deep history is also an invitation to reflect on our own swiss belonging and the history that romansch is keeping, which I want to sing.
“[...]Sun buna da fuormar / Meis pled /
Per tai /
Meis pled /
all music composed by Arthur Hnatek
lyrics of track 4 are based on a poem by Luisa Famos
released March 10, 2017
Yumi Ito, voice/glockenspiel
Tapiwa Svosve, alto sax and electronics
Benjamin Knecht, tenor sax and clarinet
Nicola Habegger, trumpet
Lukas Reinert, trombone
Victor Darmon, violin
Jonathan Salvi, vibraphone
Sebastian Bättig, guitar
James Krüttli, bass
Andrew Audiger, piano
Arthur Hnatek, drums
this piece is part of "Lualuna Tai", a collection of compositions by Arthur Hnatek, commissioned for the DKSJ All Star Band 2016