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Touching ears and strings

Friday 6.7. at 16.00 Parish Hall

Tickets 22 / 12 €

The concert begins with ‘a sonic ritual’, Pauline Oliveros’ Earth Ears (1989). The ensemble performing the piece may consist of any instruments or voices capable of following the solely verbal instructions of the text score. Known for his intricate hand-written scores, the American composer Evan Johnson refers to the famous performance instruction manual by François Couperin with the title of his work L’art de toucher de clavecin 3 (2011). In the spirit of Couperin, Johnson’s music is filled with ornamentation, both on the “melodic” domain as well as on the structural level. Italian composer and the artistic director of the New Music festival in Bludenz, Austria, Clara Iannotta has specified the scoring of her Limun (2011) as ‘for violin, viola, and two page-turners.’ The title of the piece is Arabic, referring to the lemon tree, a plant that may at a given time be both in bloom, have green fruits as well as ripe yellow lemons. Columbia University lecturer, composer and musician Mario Diaz de Leon spent the year 2005 mostly researching string instruments and composing for them. Titled after a German black metal band, Moonblood (2005) explored the intersections of harmony, noise and gesture and gradually build towards areas of climactic intensity, evoking a kind of ritual of inner initiation. The concert ends with the magically menacing Composition No. 56 (1976) by the legendary American avant-gardist Anthony Braxton.

International Contemporary Ensemble
Rachel Beetz, flute
Campbell MacDonald, clarinets
Gareth Flower, trumpets
Weston Olencki, trombone
Ross Karre, percussion
Jacqueline Kerrod, harp
Josh Modney, violin
Marina Kifferstein, violin
Kyle Armbrust, viola
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
Gregory Chudzik, double bass

Pauline Oliveros: Earth Ears (1989) 18′
Evan Johnson: L’art de toucher le clavecin 3  3′
Clara Iannotta: Limun (2011) 8′
Evan Johnson: L’art de toucher le clavecin 3 (2011) 2′
Mario Diaz De Leon: Moonblood 15′
Evan Johnson: L’art de toucher le clavecin 3   4′
Anthony Braxton: Composition 56   8′

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.