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BERNHARD LANG: "THE COLD TRIP"
WEDNESDAY, JUN 29 2016, 07:30 PM
The ACFNY is pleased to present the Aleph Guitar Quartet and vocalist Daisy Press in a program featuring two US premieres, one of which is Bernhard Lang's "The Cold Trip Part 1" - a completely new musical approach to the classic of Schubert's "Winterreise" - and was commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Berliner Festspiele.
Alberto Hortigüela (*1969): Die Sprache ist die Strafe (2014) US premiere
John Cage (1912-1992): Music for Marcel Duchamp (arr. Martin Smôlka)
John Cage: "Dream" for piano (1948) (arr. Daisy Press)
Georg Friedrich Haas (*1953): Quartett für vier Gitarren (2007)
Bernhard Lang (*1957): The Cold Trip Part I for voice and guitar quartet US premiere
commissioned by ACFNY and Berliner Festspiele, supported by ZKM Karlsruhe
ABOUT "THE COLD TRIP"
For many years Bernhard Lang investigated the simulation of musical automatism in his series of works "Differenz/Wiederholung". Using the methods he has devised, he has since embarked on a second series: the "Monadologie". Lang speaks of "explosion" and "detonation" when recycling, reworking or over-writing historical music. In this case, with his looping, editing and sampling techniques he creates a palimpsest over the original sounds and structures of these romantic songs. Out of the "Winterreise" comes a meta-composition - "The Cold Trip".
ABOUT THE ALEPH GUITAR QUARTET
The ALEPH GUITAR QUARTET was founded in 1993 and currently consists of Andrés Hernández Alba, Christian Wernicke, Wolfgang Sehringer, and Tillmann Reinbeck. The ensemble is playing a key role in the creation of a contemporary repertoire for four guitars. Numerous composers are working closely together with these four guitarists, exploring the sound options of this particular instrumental combination, which in recent years has been occasionally augmented by collaborations with guest musicians.
The ALEPH GUITAR QUARTET has received repeated support by foundations such as Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (Germany) and Pro Helvetia (Switzerland) and is therefore put in position to continuously develop its repertoire by commissioning composers to write music for four guitars. The four musicians are performing regularly at festivals of contemporary music such as Maerz Musik (Berlin), Eclat (Stuttgart), Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Warschauer Herbst (Warsaw), Archipel (Genf), Pan Music (Seoul) and Klangspuren (Schwaz). In 2011, a portrait-CD was recorded by SWR Baden-Baden, which will be released at the beginning of 2012. Concerts of the ALEPH GUITAR QUARTET have been broadcast by major broadcast corporations such as SWR, ORF, BR, SR, Radio Suisse Romande, Polskie Radio, dradio and RTV SLO.
The ALEPH GUITAR QUARTET is working closely together with ZKM Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe. It is being supported by the city of Karlsruhe, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Ministry of Culture of Spain.
More about the ALEPH GUITAR QUARTET on www.alephgitarrenquartett.de
Daisy Press, vocalist, is a prominent interpreter of avant-garde classical repertoire, though she spent the first half of her life growing up on a rock and roll stage. Her most recent solo appearance was in Bernhard Lang's "Moving Architecture" in Vienna, Austria, alongside Ensemble Phace, and with the acclaimed Austrian choreographer Silke Grabinger. For her performance of Morton Feldman's "Three Voices" and Schoenberg's "Herzgewachse" at MoMa in New York City, Ms. Press was hailed by the New York Times as "intrepid" and "passionate." For several years she served as the lead backing singer/dancer for the Montreal- based electrofunk duo "Chromeo," and appeared with them on The Late Show With David Letterman, Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Lollapalooza, Coachella, and as headliners of the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Notable solo appearances include a cameo in director Jonathan Parker's film "(Untitled)" starring Adam Goldberg, several performances of Morton Feldman's "Three Voices," and a longtime collaboration in the video opera "Whispering Pines 10" with composer Nick Hallett and visual artist Shana Moulton. A recent notable appearance was George Crumb's "Unto the Hills" with So Percussion at Miller Theater, for which the New York Times praised Ms. Press' "winning subtlety and understatement." She has also performed Steve Reich's "Drumming" and "Music for 18 Musicians" with So Percussion at various worldwide venues.
More about Daisy Press on www.daisyvoice.com