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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL | CONCERT
MARIO DIAZ DE LEON & MAHIR CETIZ
THURSDAY SEP 19, 09:00 PM
This concert by Mario Diaz de Leon and Mahir Cetiz, which is part of the Moving Sounds 2013 festival, represents the first duo performance by these two composers. Following six years of acquaintance in the Columbia University doctoral program, they began collaborating in the winter of 2012. Using analog synthesizer, Ciat-Lonbarde Tetrazzi, 36-string zither, electric guitar and piano, their expansive improvisations evoke influences ranging from Xenakis to Scriabin.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Mario Diaz de Leon (b. 1979 in St. Paul, MN) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose work combines influence from underground metal/hardcore, noise, electronic music, free improvisation, and other avant-garde traditions with contemporary classical composers such as Scelsi and Ligeti. His discography includes 4 releases on the Shinkoyo label, and a critically acclaimed CD of his chamber music on the Tzadik label, ("Best of 2009" - Time Out New York, Chicago Reader) performed by ICE, for whom he has written nine new works since 2006. His music, performed worldwide by such groups as JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Romania’s Hyperion Ensemble, and many others, evokes otherworldly states.
Mahir Cetiz (pictured) (b. 1977 in Ankara, Turkey) is a composer, conductor, and pianist. A scholarship from the British Council brought him to Manchester for his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, after which he moved to New York pursue a DMA with Tristan Murail at Columbia University. Active internationally, his compositions have been performed by such ensembles as: BBC Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 10/10 Ensemble, Seattle Chamber Players and Zurich-Tonhalle Orchestra, ICE, YARN/WIRE, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Zurich-Tonhalle Orchestra. He has served as the director of the Collegium Musicum at Columbia University.
ABOUT THE SERIES
For the fifth consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is producing 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.