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10 | ACFNY | 12 - CONCERT
TUESDAY, NOV 13 2012, 07:30 PM
The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present this concert by Austrian musician/composer Wolfgang Mitterer as part of its special 10-year anniversary series of programs.
Wolfgang Mitterer is constantly breaking rules: He combines contrasting and seemingly contradictory elements, such as composition and improvisation, jazz and contemporary music, classical music and pop, acoustic instruments and electronic samples. If you listen closely to his acoustic world, you will encounter unexpected sound explosions, rapidly ascending sequences, a single flute, grunting pigs, as well as softly pulsating soundscapes and tentatively evolving melodies.
Mitterer is convinced that musicians should not think about what they have to do, but what they are permitted to play. Improvisation becomes an integral part of composition. But at the same time, sounds that have grown from older pieces are integrated into new compositions and improvisations as samples (electronically altered, or not) in order to reemerge as brand new entities. One piece flows directly into another.
Wolfgang Mitterer: reluctant games #12
solo for prepared piano and electronics (approx. 60 min)
Wolfgang Mitterer has been developing this piece continuously since the 1980s. The combination of prepared piano tones and electronic sounds, performed on a keyboard and analog instruments, results in a coloful sound-cosmos, which the composer assembles live to form a cohesive piece.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Wolfgang Mitterer studied organ, composition, and electroacoustics in Vienna and Stockholm. Mitterer is considered one of the most important contemporary Austrian composers and a pioneer in the field of electroacoustic music. His work oscillates between composition and open form. Apart from music for organ and orchestra, a piano concerto, and an opera, he has produced electronic pieces, conceptualized sound installations, and engaged in collective improvisation with diverse groups, developing a language of extremes, tension and complexity.
The pleasure he takes in experimenting leads him to combine contrasting elements in the creation of unpredictable musical events. In one major composition, for instance, he juxtaposes musical bands and children’s choirs with specialized instrumentalists and singers, while filling the hall with surround sound created by live electronics. But his work transcends the merely spectacular, precisely because of his musical presence and the high – deeply moving – intensity and complexity of his compositions. Listening intensely to low sounds has its place just as much as the “installing” of exploding sound fragments in the listeners’ minds. Far from being smoothly pleasurable, Mitterer’s music is still uncannily beautiful at times. (- M. Meller)
This event has been produced in close collaboration with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.
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ABOUT THE SERIES
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 commemorate these past ten years on many different levels.
Ten concerts featuring newly commissioned works and dedications by contemporary composers form the musical focal point of these special anniversary programs. While most of the featured composers are Austrian, the performers are renowned Austrian and American contemporary ensembles, such as Klangforum, Talea Ensemble, ICE Ensemble, and the JACK Quartet.
The ten concerts, which 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. Another highlight of the anniversary concert series, which is co-presented & supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture features six young Austrian electronic artists and composers - such as Dorian Concept, Rupert Huber, Bernhard Fleischmann, and Wolfgang Mitterer - all of whom are being featured at the ACFNY as well as in NYC clubs throughout the year.