The Height of the Reeds is a major new sound installation for the iconic Humber Bridge, featuring the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. The installation is an adventure in sound, an original piece of music heard through headphones during a walk across the Bridge’s 2,220-metre span (the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that it is possible to cross by foot), alongside the resonances of the Bridge and its weather and traffic.
It is composed by the Norwegian trumpeter and contemporary jazz musician Arve Henriksen, electronic musician Jan Bang and guitarist Eivind Aarset, mixing their own music, orchestral music and field recordings made at the Humber Bridge itself by Hull-based sound artist Jez Riley French. The project explores the Bridge’s significance as both a symbol of home and a landmark of travel, by mixing local voices with music from Hull’s long term trading partners across the water in Scandinavia. The result is music that is at the same time epic and incredibly intimate, using the might of Opera North and the delicacy of a single note.
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