Tars
Performance / sound installation

Tar is the persian word for string and through this influence many string instruments adopted this terminology on their names.
As a consequence of the previous work developed on the exploration of specific materials and mediums like air, metal or glass, on this work the main focus are the strings.
Revisiting and expanding the sonic possibilities of many conventional and non conventional instruments, this piece is supported by several studies about the acoustic and mechanical behavior of the strings, from early researchers like Pitagoras, Galileu or Bernoulli, until recent authors like John Cage, Glenn Branca, Hans Reichel, Ellen Fullman, Arnold Dreyblatt, Fred Frith or Elliott Sharp.
On this instrumentation we can find simple systems like monochords or the berimbau (from the origins of string instruments as variations of hunting mechanisms like the arch) until more complex systems like the guitar, several types of zithers and harps or the Twintar (instrument developed by Alberto Lopes in 2002), which is the sublimation of several chordophones.
In this vision of the adaptation and transformation of the presentation spaces, authochthonous instruments like the cavaquinho or the viola braguesa will be used in combination with other strings that will be excited through electromechanical automation.

Composition and performance: Alberto Lopes, Gustavo Costa, Henrique Fernandes and Alexandre Soares.