Manipulations and Modulations

Thursday 5.7. at 16.00 Theatre

Tickets 15 / 8 €

American viola virtuoso Stephen Upshaw’s concert takes off with American composer Charles Dodge’s piece for viola and electronics entitled Viola Elegy “In memory of Morton Feldman” (1987). Also the Polish-born Jagoda Szmytka’s composition for viola and electronics, GO TRANSIT (2016), refers to Morton Feldman, as it is part of a larger whole entitled Voilà, that’s my life! that twists the title and material of the Feldman ensemble piece The Viola in My Life (1970). The in-vogue American composer Nico Muhly, working actively in collaboration with both pop and classical musicians, wrote his viola-tape piece Keep in Touch (2005) in cooperation with violist Nadia Sirota and the vocalist Anohni from the band Anthony and the Johnsons. The concert rounds off with Kaija Saariaho’s Vent nocturne (2006) for viola and electronics. The idea for combining these two came to Saariaho while she was reading a bilingual edition of Georg Trakl’s poetry, with German and French versions laid side by side.

Stephen Upshaw, viola

Anders Pohjola, electronics


Charles Dodge: Viola Elegy “In memory of Morton Feldman” (1987) 17′

Jagoda Szmytka: GO TRANSIT (from Voilà, that’s my life!) 10′

Nico Muhly: Keep in Touch 13′

Kaija Saariaho: Vent nocturne  14′
I Sombres miroirs
II Soupirs de l’obscur


Organized in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music Programme