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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL | CONCERT
MOVING COMPOSITIONS: CZECHSPLORATIONS I
FRIDAY, SEP 16 2011, 08:00 PM
This year’s Moving Sounds Festival has seen the formation of the Moving Sounds Collaborative, an ensemble consisting of members of two New York based groups, the Argento Chamber Ensemble and fourbythree. Michael Galante, who is the musical director of the Argento New Music Project and one of the Festival’s co-curators, will be conducting the Collaborative at this event.
This concert will feature world premieres of two new arrangements of works by Czech composer Leoš Janáček, a new arrangement of a Mahler Adagio, and a performance of Jiří Kadeřábek’s Hamoody Jauda, conducted by Ken Hamao.
Leoš Janáček - Prelude from the House of the Dead (1930), arranged by Kimmy Szeto for ensemble & violin, WORLD PREMIERE
David Fulmer (violin)
Jiří Kadeřábek - Hamoody Jauda (2008), Conductor: Ken Hamao
Gustav Mahler - Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (1910), arranged by Michel Galante, NEW YORK PREMIERE
Leoš Janáček - violin sonata (1914), arranged by Eliot Gattegno for Tenor Sax & ensemble, WORLD PREMIERE
Eliot Gattegno (tenor sax)
Michael Brown (piano)
Young American Composer and violinist David Fulmer will play the violin for Janáček’s Prelude from the House of the Dead, which was arranged by Kimmy Szeto for the ensemble. Incidentally, Fulmer will conduct Saturday’s concert at the Czech Center, which will focus more on the improvisational aspect of music. The second piece by Janáček has been arranged by Eliot Gattegno for tenor saxophone; Gattegno will perform this world premiere arrangement with the Moving Sounds Collaborative.
Czech composer Jiří Kadeřábek (pictured, image by Andrew Zamler-Carhart), who will perform his piece Don Hamburger with members of the ensemble, considers it “a piece about food, fast-food, hamburgers, fries or coca-cola. It is a short, light and agile piece, which I have been wishing to compose for a long time.” Another highlight of the evening will be a new arrangement of the Adagio from Mahler’s 10th Symphony.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Still in his twenties, composer, violinist, and conductor David Fulmer is quickly emerging as one of the most unique musicians of his generation - his bold compositional aesthetic combined with his thrilling performing abilities have garnered him numerous international accolades. He is the winner of the 14th International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a BMI Composer Award, and the Charles Ives Award (Scholarship) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Last season Fulmer made his European debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing and recording his Violin Concerto under the direction of Matthias Pintscher - to rave reviews. Upcoming performances of his music will be featured at the Grieg Festival in Oslo, the Mozarteum Summer Festival in Salzburg, Heidelberger Frühling Internationales Musikfestival, Tanglewood Music Center, and numerous others. Fulmer received his doctorate from Juilliard, with studies in composition with Milton Babbitt, and violin with Robert Mann. Since 2009, he has served on the faculty of Columbia University. He recently joined the Argento New Music Project as violinist, conductor and composer.
Kimmy Szeto is an accomplished performer, orchestrator and director. He has also studied carillon, double bass, percussion and recorder. He performs extensively as a piano accompanist and chamber violinist, and his orchestrations and transcriptions have been performed throughout the country. Kimmy studied orchestration with Tristan Murail and received a master's degree in musicology from the University of Chicago. Szeto‘s chamber transcription of Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod and Schumann's Symphony No. 2, both commissioned by the Argento Chamber Ensemble, were reviewed in The New York Times
Eliot Gattegno is the only saxophonist and one of the few Americans to ever win the “Kranichsteiner Musikpreis”, widely considered the most prestigious prize for the interpretation of new music. Gattegno is in high demand as a chamber musician, soloist and in recital for his interpretations of classical and contemporary pieces. His recent recital appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theatre, Aichi Arts Center Concert Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He regularly collaborates with a variety of ensembles including Klangfourm Wien (Austria), Ensemble Resonanz (Germany), and Ensemble Linea (France) and performs at festivals around the world including Shanghai Modern, Spoleto USA, Contempuls Prague, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Darmstadt Festival, Tanglewood Music Center and Marlboro Music Festival . Gattegno has also founded several ensembles dedicated to the promotion and development of new works, including the Second Instrumental Unit with David Fulmer, and he is a newly appointed member of New York’s Argento Ensemble.
Jiří Kadeřábek was born in the Czech Republic, where he composed jazz, rock and pop music, and even created literary and visual works at an early age. In his work Kadeřábek utilizes numerous compositional techniques and incorporates fragments of historical music as well as pop, rock and jazz. He also works with recorded sounds which he integrates into the musical structure, as well as theatrical elements.
Kadeřábek has won a host of international composition competitions and his works have been commissioned and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Ostravská Banda, Hradec Králové Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmony Teplice, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmony Zlín, Berg Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, National Theater in Prague among others.
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.
Founded in 2008 among friends and colleagues at Columbia University, fourbythree is a string ensemble made up of young musicians dedicated to bridging the gap between traditional repertoire, contemporary music, and works by emerging composers. With the intent of introducing audiences to both new and familiar sounds, the artists hope to trace the common thread between musical works in a way that is as illuminating and engrossing for their listeners as it is for them. Many of fourbythree's musicians are rising artists in their own right -- its members have appeared alongside legendary performers and conductors, as soloists and chamber musicians in music festivals and halls across the world. Collectively, fourbythree experiments within the dynamics of an independent, mostly unconducted chamber ensemble.
More information on Moving Sounds is available at acfny.org/msounds
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Czech Center New York at the Bohemian National Hall
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