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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL | LECTURE & PERFORMANCE
CHRISTIAN MEYER & FRANZ HACKL | SCHOENBERG AND THE AVANT-GARDE
THURSDAY, SEP 13 2012, 08:00 PM
The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present this event as part of the 2012 Moving Sounds Festival. Christian Meyer — Director of the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna — will give a talk about Schoenberg and the idea of the avant-garde. Arnold Schönberg’s revolutionary achievements in music and the arts have made him the symbol for innovation in artistic expression, yet, at the same time, they irritated his contemporaries and generate conflicts of incomparable intensity. For painter Wassily Kandinsky he opens the doors to abstraction. His students – often referred to as ‘disciples’ – experience individual training which results in artistic personalities as different as Alban Berg, Hans Eisler, and John Cage. How avant-garde are you? Answers may be found in Schönberg’s life and work.
As a gesture of friendship to Meyer, Flugelhorn Grand Master Franz Hackl is joining in with two free-jazz intermezzi between the three chapters of Meyer’s lecture.
Photos of archival materials and an excerpt from a brand new Pierrot lunaire film production add to Meyer’s hybrid presentation-performance as he explores the musical and philosophical terrain laid out by Schoenberg in celebration of the composer’s birthday on 13 September and marks the opening of Moving Sounds 2012.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Since 1997, Dr. Christian Meyer has been the Director of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna, a Center for exhibitions, concerts and lectures, as well as a repository for the extensive Arnold Schönberg Legacy, consisting of music and text manuscripts, paintings historical photographs and Schoenberg’s library. Meyer is a trustee of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and of the International Gustav Mahler Society. Preceding this, he served in the management teams of Vienna Konzerthaus and Bösendorfer Piano Manufacturers. Meyer studied Piano at the Vienna Conservatory and Economics at the Vienna and Harvard Universities. During that time he was a pianist in Rock and Jazz Ensembles.
Franz Hackl (pictured) was born in Tyrol, Austria. Growing up with traditional Austrian brass music as a soloist, he soon became interested in jazz. Hackl is an alumnus of the Conservatory of the City of Vienna and received a M.S. degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Lew Soloff. His stylistic versatility grew to include works for full orchestra, chamber groups, choral works, and multimedia events. Hackl has been commissioned to write works for numerous international festivals and ensembles. He is founder and artistic director of the “Outreach Festival” and “Outreach Academy” and leads his own group, Franz Hackl’s IDO, which tours internationally and just completed a sold-out European tour.
ABOUT THE SERIES
For the fourth consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York has teamed up with the Argento New Music Project’s director, Michel Galante, to produce Moving Sounds, a festival dedicated to music, visual media and aesthetic dialogue that features emerging and pioneering artists who focus on electronically generated music, and those who are at the interface of classically instrumented and electronic music.
This event is also part of a series of programs the Austrian Cultural Forum has dedicated to Arnold Schoenberg throughout 2012, as it marks the 100-year anniversary of his seminal composition Pierrot Lunaire (1912). This lecture coincides with the opening of the Austrian Cultural Forum's fall exhibition, AGAINST THE SPECIALIST: Contemporary References to Arnold Schoenberg in Image and Sound.