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THURSDAY, OCT 18 2012, 07:00 PM

Composers have long combined personal inspiration and the influence of other artists’ works to create their own art. As technology provides the power to duplicate endlessly, how has this altered the creative process, defining a new aesthetic? Or has the creative impulse been stunted in favor of the easy remix?

Composers and musicians Nico Muhly and Peter Ablinger, and music critic and writer Renaud Machart will discuss borrowing and re-shaping in today’s music. Muhly and Ablinger will perform a selection of works relevant to this question of heterogeneous identity.

The panel will be moderated by Steve Smith, who is the music editor at Time Out New York.



Peter Ablinger (born 1959 in Austria) completed his studies in composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Graz and Vienna. He has lived in Berlin since 1982, where he has initiated and conducted numerous festivals and concerts. Peter Ablinger is one of few artists today who uses noise without any kind of symbolism - not as a signifier for chaos, energy, entropy, disorder, or uproar; not for opposing something, or being disobedient or destructive. As in all these cases of music deliberately involving noise, noise is the case, but for Ablinger it is noise alone. Peter Ablinger has also come a long way in questioning the nature of sound, time, and space (the components usually thought central to music), and his findings have jeopardized and made dubious conventions usually thought irrefutable. These insights pertain to repetition and monotony, reduction and redundancy, density and entropy.

>> For more information, please visit ablinger.mur.at

Nico Muhly has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, countertenor Iestyn Davies, violinist Hilary Hahn, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, and designer/illustrator Maira Kalman. Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at Bedroom Community, an artist-run label headed by Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson. Bedroom Community was inaugurated in 2007 with the release of Muhly’s first album, Speaks Volumes. Born in Vermont in 1981 and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Muhly graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature. In 2004, he received a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano.

>> For more information, please visit nicomuhly.com

Steve Smith is the Music Editor for Time Out New York, a weekly lifestyle, arts and entertainment magazine in New York City.  He also contributes a steady stream of concert reviews and occasional features to The New York Times. In years past, he has been the classical-music industry columnist for Billboard, an assistant editor for Jazziz, and a freelance contributor to a wide variety of newspapers and magazines (the Washington Post, Village Voice, Symphony, Chamber Music, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Decibel, The Wire and Signal to Noise among them).

Renaud Machart born 1962 in Lannion is the music editor for Le Monde, as well as a radio producer and writer.


The event takes place within the framework of the fourth season of the Wall & Bridges Festival, organized by Villa Gillet. Walls and Bridges, the Franco-American arts and ideas event series which brought over 40 cultural events to New York in 2011, returns to the city in October 2012. Curated by Villa Gillet (Director : Guy Walter), and  supported by the French Ministry of Culture and  Communication, Walls and Bridges is a 10-day  series of performances and critical explorations  uniting French and American thinkers and artists  from social sciences, philosophy, literature and  live arts.

Villa Gillet is a non-profit cultural institute based in Lyon, France, which brings together artists, writers, performers and thinkers from all over the world for conferences, debates, performances, round tables, and book readings. Les Subsitances is a creative research laboratory based in Lyon, France.

>> For more information, please visit wallsandbridges.net/fr