“Social Distancing” is an audiovisual installation by Samuel Gapp composed by a series of improvised musical pieces that became the basis for recording and editing moving images. The project arose in the context of the covid-19 pandemic and relative rules of social distance. At this time, musicians could not play together and there had to be found ways of combining musical ideas from distant physical places.

In response to this quest, Samuel Gapp’s proposal was to record a series of improvised duo performances. One of the two musicians recorded and sent an improvisation to another, who overdubbed a second improvisation without listening to the original music in advance. There was only one chance without any possibility of preparation. The result is a deeply honest music, a metaphor about the need to deal with unchangeable, given situations in life.

Each of the musical pieces that emerged from this process has its own distinct atmosphere that requires an appropriate image. The videos that overlap with the music are simple abstract images, observations of the natural environment, small gestures and other details that suggest a contemplative condition towards the phenomena of the real.

Samuel Gapp
Keyboard and Effects
Video and Video Editing

01 The Night Walk with Jakob Obleser (Double Bass)

02 The Temple with Eduardo Cardinho (Vibraphone)

03 Nature in Three Acts with Miguel Fernandez (Drums)
1 The March
2 The Search
3 The Flight

04 The Stranger with João Carreiro (Guitar)

05 The Urge with João Mortágua (Alto Saxophone)

06 The Insight with Max Diller (Trumpet)

07 The Motion with Miguel Fernandez (Drums)

08 The Woods with Helena Espvall (Cello)

09 The Prisoner with Jonas Kaltenbach (Drums)

10 The Chase with João Carreiro (Guitar)

Lisbon, 2020