“The Moving Sounds Festival means its title to be taken in every possible way. The works performed during this three-day event are meant to be moving, if not always emotionally then viscerally or intellectually.” - Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
MOVING SOUNDS 2012
THURSDAY SEP 13 - SATURDAY SEP 15 | 2012
THE AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK
in collaboration with
THE GERMAN CONSULATE GENERAL, and
THE CZECH CENTER
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3:00 - 5:00 PM
WORKSHOP | JOURNEY THROUGH SOUNDS
Part of the exhibition "Orbis Pictus", site specific installations of sound, kinetic- and visual instruments
VENUE: Bohemian National Hall at New York's Czech Center
CONCERT | THE JACK QUARTET
Clemens Gadenstätter, Georg Friedrich Haas
Program subject to change. Please check acfny.org for up-to-date information on the festival.
Concept: Andreas Stadler
Curator: Michel Galante (Argento)
Production: Christopher Zimmerman (ACFNY)
Admission to the events is free, with a suggested donation of $10. Reservations required.
Moving Sounds is the Austrian Cultural Forum's annual international festival of music, visual media and aesthetic dialogue that features emerging and pioneering artists who focus on electronically generated music, and who are at the interface between classically-instrumented and electronic music.
More than the symphony or sonata, the string quartet is the most tradition-laden genre in all of classical music. The homogeneity of the instruments precludes the instrumental invention that is easy to achieve in the modern mixed ensemble (represented this year in Moving Sounds by Ensemble mise-en). The string quartet is one of the true tests of a composer’s ability to transcend the constraints of tradition and renew the language of music. For this reason, Moving Sounds 2012 will feature two string quartets: the Mivos Quartet will perform works by emerging German composers Carl Bettendorf and Reiko Fueting at the German Consulate, and the JACK Quartet will perform a world premiere by Clemens Gadenstätter, as well as the music of Georg Friedrich Haas. A Protégé of Helmut Lachenmann, Gadenstätter has composed a work specifically for this event and festival.
Haas' work continues to enliven the language of contemporary music, but also to challenge the layers of tradition which have drained canonical works of all their original power and force. Moving Sounds 2012 will feature Haas' fifth String Quartet performed by the Jack Quartet. Christian Meyer, the director of the Schoenberg Center in Vienna, will also give a lecture on the notion of “Avant-garde”; how Arnold Schoenberg helped shape this conception and how it still informs our listening experience today.
The featured electronic artist of Moving Sounds 2012 is renowned B. Fleischmann, who will perform his own world premiere as the closing event of the Festival. The ACFNY has commissioned a 50-minute work that will be reflect exclusively on the word "Heimat." Though originally a percussionist, Fleischmann has become one of Austria’s most prominent electronic artists, filling clubs and concert halls alike.
The adventurous ensemble mise-en will be the mixed-ensemble of Moving Sounds 2012, performing works by composers from around the world, including a new york premiere by Kurt Rohde (US), and US Premieres by Pasquale Corrado (Italy), Bent Sørensen, (Denmark), and Austrians Elisabeth Harnik and Wolfram Schurig, as well as a work titled illusive by mise-en’s director Moon Young HA.
New York’s Czech Center is hosting an interactive exhibition, Orbis Pictus - Play Well, which transforms their Gallery in to a symbiotic playground of site specific installations created by sound, kinetic and visual instruments. For the Moving Sounds Festival, the Czech Center will add a live music component of young emerging Czech instrumentalists and composers on Saturday Afternoon, September 15th.
Also making a visual-art connection, Moving Sounds 2012 coincides with the opening of the Austrian Cultural Forum’s fall exhibition, Against the SpecialistAgainst the Specialist: Contemporary References to Arnold Schoenberg in Image and Sound.
Moving Sounds 2012 will provide attendees to experience “Avant-garde” music, to reflect on these listening experiences, and to reflect on our own cultural listening environment, in informal post-concert discussions with the performers and composers.
mica (Music Information Center Austria) provides essential advisory services for the Moving Sounds Festival.
All events take place at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52 Street, New York, NY 10022, at the Czech Center's Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021, and at the German Consulate General, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.