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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL 2018 | CONCERT
THE MAHLER QUESTION: MAHLER AND SPACE
THURSDAY, OCT 04, 07:30 PM
The last concert of Moving Sounds 2018 features the Argento Ensemble performing works by Gerhard Krammer, Oliver Schneller as well as the world premiere of a new work by Austrian composer Elisabeth Harnik.
Oliver Schneller Clair/Obscur (2005-2006) – (15 min)
for ensemble and 6-channel surround-sound electronics
Gerhard Krammer selections from Rückert Lieder (2010) – (14 minutes)
for voice and piano
Elisabeth Harnik inspiring the inspired (2018) – (~30 min)
for one improvising performer and audience participation
Oliver Schneller writes about his composition Clair/Obscur for ensemble and electronics, “The edges of the painted shapes become soft, often uncertain and elusive.” Schneller cites the influence of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony’s conclusion, which stretches its lines “to a point of near extinction.”
Gerhard Krammer takes poems from Mahler’s favorite writer, ultra-romantic poet Friedrich Rückert, and sets them in a “Lieder” format for soprano and piano.
Pianist/improvisor/composer Elisabeth Harnik was first asked to perform a Mahler-inspired work of her own at the London's Austrian Cultural Forum 2010 Mahler festival where she focused on spatial listening in Mahler´s work. In the Moving Sounds Festival 2018, she will perform a new work with audience participation referring to Mahler's improvisational skills and thus, his strong ability to integrate his life and listening experiences into his music. Her Moving Sounds appearance comes in the wake of the release of two critically acclaimed CDs of improvisations, "Ways of My Hands_Music for piano" and "Tender Music," which she recorded with renowned bassist Joëlle Léandre.
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