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FRIDAY, MAY 18 2012, 05:30 PM

Celebrating 10 Years of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

The anniversary concert series continues with this performance by renowned New York-based Argento Chamber Ensemble. The program for this night’s event includes a second performance of Austrian composer Bernhard Lang’s new piece Monadologie XVIII "Moving Architecture." (2012), which saw its world premiere at the performance on May 17.

The piece, which was commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum to commemorate its 10-year anniversary, traces the building’s architecture in 22 layers with the original proportions referenced in time-structures. In a choreographic layer, Austrian performance artist Silke Grabinger transposed the underlying rhythmic structures to movement patterns, for which she developed a new form of "dance-writing", which Lang integrated directly into the score.

This evening's program will continue with a performance by New York-based trumpeter Franz Hackl, with Mino Cinelu, and Daniel Kelly and their program, Soliloquy Networking. This is the evolution of the Cinelu/Hackl Soliloquy Duo project, which premiered last year at 10,000 feet at the Alpine Glacier in Sölden, Austria. Minus 4º Degrees Fahrenheit couldn’t hold them back.

The evening concludes with a set by Austrian electronica-Wunderkind, Dorian Concept.

Tonight's program will be live-streamed by Austrian national broadcaster Ö1 radio.



Tickets entitle holders to access all three concerts; Intermissions between the events will ensure entry to those patrons wishing to attend only parts of the evening’s events.


Bernhard Lang is an Austrian composer of the experimental and avant-garde school, particularly advocating a style he has self-termed "repetition-perpetrator", and has composed almost 30 pieces under the name Differenz/Wiederholung (difference / repetition). His pieces have been performed all over the world. Lang and his work were featured at the Austrian Cultural Forum’s 2009 Moving Sounds Festival, which saw the U.S. premiere of his piece DW2and just this past February 17 at the inaugural anniversary concert with the acclaimed Talea Ensemble.
For further information, please visit >> http://members.chello.at/bernhard.lang/

Silke Grabinger is an Austrian choreographer and dancer, and the founder and artistic director of the collective SILK, Dance Art & Air. Prior to that she was a Solo Dancer for Cirque du Soleil & the Beatles Show LOVE in Las Vegas. Grabinger has performed at the ImPulsTanz Festival and the Wiener Konzerthaus, and has worked on international collaborations with Paul Gulda, Dirk Stermann, Dave St. Pierre, and others. In October 2011 she performed her solo-piece Versuchsperson Silke Grabinger at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York within the framework of the Beauty Contest exhibition.
For further information, please visit >> www.silk.at

The Argento Chamber Ensemble is the performance arm of the Argento New Music Project. The ensemble performs compositions that embody pressing musical concerns in Western music. Consisting of nine core members, the ensemble regularly expands to perform and record chamber orchestra works of up to 30 musicians. They have toured widely in the US and abroad, in festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Festival of Spectral Music/ Istanbul, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, the Sounds French Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival/ Ireland, and Shanghai´s International Festival of Electroacoustic Music. Argento has worked closely with leading composers such as Pierre Boulez, Tania Leon, Tristan Murail, Elliott Carter, Philippe Hurel, Gerard Pésson, Joshua Fineberg, and Philippe Leroux.
For further information, please visit >> www.argentomusic.org

Dorian Concept is a Vienna based composer and musician, a child piano prodigy who went on to study music composition in Salzburg. He has released a string of extraordinary singles and EPs on Affine Records and Kindred Sprits, most notably the Trilingual Dance Sexperience release in 2009. He is currently one of the most exciting artists working in electronic music; his fusion of jazz, electronics and club music is as exciting as it is unique. He was asked by Flying Lotus to play at his Brainfeeder Event in London in 2009 and joined his band on keyboards for his latest shows. He also submitted an original track to the Ninja Tune XX releases and collaborated at the Royal Albert Hall Ninja Tune XX show with an ensemble including members of the London Metropolitan Orchestra.

Franz Hackl 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. Most recently, Franz Hackl served as a co-curator of the Austrian Cultural Forum's successful series The Emancipation of (re)Sonance: Five Austrian Masters revisited.
For further information, please visit >>
hacklmusic.com and outreach.at

Years after beginning his international career playing and touring with Miles Davis, Mino Cinelu’s talents as a composer, singer, producer, master percussionist, and multi-instrumentalist have brought him around the world many times since. Mino Cinelu has performed with and appeared on the records of many of the most respected and talented musicians of the twentieth century. “With Mino Cinelu, any music swings.” -Miles Davis

Award-winning composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly has developed a unique and personal approach to jazz, free improvisation and modern chamber music.  Daniel has collaborated in performance and on disc with a wide range of artists, including Michael Brecker, Lauryn Hill, Ray Barretto, Don Byron, Bobby Sanabria, William Parker, John Zorn, David Murray, Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Brad Shepik, Mark Turner, Iva Bittova, Candido, Wu Man, Oliver Lake, Joel Harrison, Nestor Torres, Briggan Krauss, RJD2, Harvie S, the genre-busting modern chamber ensemble the Bang on a Can All-Stars and many others.

This series has been produced in close collaboration with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.


The year 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Austrian Cultural Forum’s landmark midtown building, which was designed by the late Raimund Abraham, as what Herbert Muschamp of the New York Times called a "lucidly rational modern glass tower" that provides a “gateway into the tradition of modernity associated with Vienna at the turn of the last century.” A host of different events and series throughout the year will commemorate these past ten years on many different levels.

Ten concerts featuring newly commissioned works and dedications by contemporary composers will form the musical focal point of these special anniversary programs. While most of the featured composers are Austrian, the performers will be renowned Austrian and American contemporary ensembles, such as Klangforum, Talea Ensemble, ICE Ensemble, and the JACK Quartet.

The ten concerts, which will take place throughout the year, reflect the gateway to modernity associated with Austria in the ten years following this most recent turn of the century. Composers such as Bernhard Lang, Kurt Schwertsik, Manuela Kerer, and Johannes Maria Staud are at the forefront of cutting-edge creativity, and as such the ideal representatives of what contemporary Austrian music has to offer.