Mycelium Movement (2018) is the first piece in a cycle exploring plants.
About the piece: Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branches, thread-like hyphae. Through the mycelium, a fungus absorbs nutrients from its environment.
Fungi respire – they do not photosynthesize. Fungi digest externally and absorb the food when it’s been broken down outside. Digesting releases nutrients. It is not a chain of discrete cells. It is a wide river. All the cells can communicate with the nutrients. They help successful nutrient cycling and a natural diversity in a habitat. They will change their enzymatic expression according to their environment. Fungi grow slowly, but are masters of creating bridges according to what is good for the specific habitat. 85% of plants form root fungal relations. Many plants will not function without their fungal partner. It is survival of the most symbiotic. Galaxies distributed throughout the universe resembles mycelium. Netting, communication and symbiosis. Mycelium is the message.
This is some of the information that inspired the journey of the piece Mycelium Movement, depicting the mycelium network interwoven in the soil beneath. A message being sent, received and responded to.
Mari Kawamura, piano
Lil Lacy, composition
Andrés Martínez, sound recording
Bjørn Gjessing, sound mix
Lil Lacy, film
Recorded in the Concert Hall at Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California, San Diego, 2018
Thank all of you at University of California, San Diego that inspired the piece and made the recording possible!
Thank you Jessica Flores, Andrés Martínez, Tom Erbe, Jasper Sussman, Josef Haller and Bjørn Gjessing.
Especially thank you Butch Lacy, Mark Dresser and Mari Kawamura.