News reached us in June regarding the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative , with the announcement of the program’s grant winners. The Iceland-based Australian Ben Frost won the Rolex Music Protégé Grant, worth US$25,000 and a commission to create a project mentored by none other than Brian Eno. The initiative’s organizers said that before becoming Eno’s protégé, Frost had to finish the two projects he was currently working on before being given the grant, among them a piece inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s novel “Solaris”, adapted for the screen by Andrei Tarkovsky.
The piece, entitled “We Don't Need Other Worlds. We Need Mirrors. Music For Solaris”, made in collaboration with Daníel Bjarnason, was premiered on 24th October in Krakow, Poland, at the Unsound festival. There Frost and Bjarnason directed the Sinfonietta Cracovia (29 string instruments, two percussionists and one piano plus the Australian’s processed guitars and electronic beats) to interpret, with “manipulated images” by Brian Eno and Nick Robertson as a backdrop, a score re-imagining Tarkovsky’s original score, focusing not on the film’s fantasy aspects but on the inner cosmos of the characters of a film which, beyond it’s sci-fi components is a lingering psychological drama territory.
The good news is that “Music For Solaris” will soon be recorded in a studio in Poland with the Sinfonietta Cracovia and will be released via Bedroom Community sometime in the first half of 2011. While we wait for more details, read about the project’s conception here.