VOICES AND PIANO
TUESDAY, JAN 28 2020, 07:00 PM
Peter Ablinger and Eric Wubbels will perform selections from Peter Ablinger's ground-breaking "Voices and Piano" series. The highlight of the evening is the world premiere performance of the newest addition to the series, a work using the voice of American performance artist Diamanda Galás.
"Voices and Piano" is an extensive cycle of pieces for recorded voice - usually a well-known celebrity - and piano. Begun in 1998, Ablinger's cycle continues to be a work in progress and will ultimately include about 80 pieces/voices (around four hours of music). The voices are taken from speeches, interviews or readings, and rather than an accompaniment, the piano part serves as a commentary on the spoken text.
In addition to the premiere of Diamanda Galás, the program will include pieces with the voices of Agnes Martin, Mila Haugová, Ezra Pound, Nina Simone, Setsuko Hara, Hanna Schygulla, Cecil Taylor, and Roman Opalka.
Peter Ablinger, electronics
Eric Wubbels, piano
Peter Ablinger was born in Schwanenstadt, Austria in 1959. He began studying graphic arts and was enthused by free jazz, but completed his studies in composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Graz and Vienna. Since 1982 he has lived in Berlin, where he has initiated and conducted numerous festivals and concerts. In 1988 he founded the Ensemble Zwischentöne. He has been guest conductor of 'Klangforum Wien', 'United Berlin' and the 'Insel Musik Ensemble’. Since 1990 Peter Ablinger has worked as a freelance musician. 2012 he became a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin. 2012-2017 he was research professor at the University of Huddersfield.
Eric Wubbels is a composer and pianist, and a Co-Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble. As a performer, he has given U.S. and world premieres of works by major figures such as Peter Ablinger, Richard Barrett, Beat Furrer, George Lewis, and Mathias Spahlinger, as well as vital young artists such as Rick Burkhardt, Erin Gee, Bryn Harrison, Clara Iannotta, Darius Jones, Cat Lamb, Ingrid Laubrock, Charmaine Lee, Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, and Kate Soper. Recent performance appearances include LA Phil Green Umbrella series, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), Bowerbird (Philadelphia), Cafe OTO, ISSUE Project Room, and Contempuls (Prague).
Special thanks to the Goethe Institut Chicago for their support as a presenting partner for Peter Ablinger.
Image Credit: Peter Ablinger