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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL | CONCERT
MOVING IMPROVISATIONS: CZECHSPLORATIONS II
SATURDAY, SEP 17 2011, 06:00 PM
This concert will feature a multitude of original compositions from contemporary European and American composers. All works will be performed or accompanied by New York-based Argento Chamber Ensemble. Composer David Fulmer will conduct.
The ensemble will perform trombonist and composer George Lewis’ piece Ikons, which was originally commissioned and premiered at the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Young Austrian composer/multi-instrumentalist Eva Reiter will be on hand to perform her piece Alle Verbindungen gelten nur jetzt, which she composed for contrabass recorder, electric guitar, violoncello, percussion, and tape. The title of the piece (“All connections are only valid now”) plays with instrumental relationships, disruptions, and collisions.
The concert will also include the world premiere of a brand new piece for saxophone and ensemble by brilliant young composer/violinist David Fulmer, performed by saxophonist Eliot Gattegno; he will also perform his own saxophone-adaptation of Janáček’s violin sonata at the Czechzsplorations I concert on September 16.
George Lewis - Ikons (2010)
Eva Reiter - Alle Verbindungen gelten nur jetzt (2008)
David Fulmer - new work for Saxophone and ensemble (2010)
Eliot Gattegno (tenor sax)
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.
Eliot Gattegno is the only saxophonist and one of the few Americans to ever win the “Kranichsteiner Musikpreis”, widely considered the most prestigious prizes 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.
George Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, an Alpert Award in the Arts in 1999, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work as composer, improvisor, performer and interpreter explores electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, text-sound works, and notated and improvisative forms, and is documented on more than 140 recordings. His oral history is archived in Yale University’s collection of “Major Figures in American Music,” and his compositions and installations have been presented by the American Composers Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex, Wet Ink, the Turning Point Ensemble, Ensemble Erik Satie, Works and Process, the S.E.M. Ensemble, the NOW Orchestra, Deutschlandradio Kultur Berlin, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and others, with commissions from the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, OPUS (Paris), IRCAM, Musee des Sciences et des Industries La Villette, Harvestworks, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others. His widely acclaimed book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) is a recipient of the 2009 American Book Award.
Born in Vienna, Eva Reiter studied recorder and viola da gamba at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and later at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She has performed numerous concerts as a soloist and with various baroque orchestras, including De Nederlandse Bachvereenigung, Ensemble Mikado , Le Badinage , Unidas and ensembles for contemporary music such as Ictus, Klangforum Wien, Trio Elastic3, and others. Eva Reiter's award-winning compositions have been performed at international festivals such as Transit/Leuven, Ars Musica in Brussels, ISCM World New Music Festival 2006/Stuttgart, generator and Wien Modern/Vienna Konzerthaus.
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.
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A video of George Lewis' Ikons:
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