Possible Cities is the first piece in the chamber music series Possible Cities / Essential Landscapes, commissioned by the Cikada Ensemble. The series was premiered in 2009 and, as the title suggests, refers to the idea of a city. It was, in most part, inspired by Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. One of the aspects of a city is that human interactions mesh and structures seem chaotic and random, but at the same time it construes sophisticated mechanisms of development. The interaction between the musicians and the ensemble epitomizes these ideas and the main goal is to investigate the various levels of social interaction through group music making.
The quality of music also relates to the unstable, arbitrary nature of the city. The title, which imitates Calvino, refers to the dichotomy of construction and disintegration, nature and culture, the built one and the found one:
Marko says: “While, at a sign from you, sire, the unique and final city raises its stainless walls, I am collecting the ashes of the other possible cities that vanish to make room for it, cities that can never be rebuilt or remembered.” (Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities)
Possible Cities by Eivind Buene will be performed by the Cikada Ensemble, one of the most renowned and trend-setting ensembles in contemporary music.