Talea Ensemble in NY

From the Talea Ensemble:

FLUID SOUNDSCAPES

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 8:30PM (note later start time)
43A W. 13th St., NYC (5th and 6th Ave.)
$15/10 (students) tickets at the door
http://www.taleaensemble.org

James Dillon: Siorram (1992) for viola
Jean-Luc Hervé: Rêve de vol I (1996) for clarinet and viola (US premiere)
Pierluigi Billone: Mani.MONO (2008) for solo springdrum (World premiere)
Tristan Murail: Les ruines circulaires (2006) for clarinet and violin
Helmut Lachenmann: Trio Fluido (1966) for clarinet, viola, and percussion

performed by Rane Moore (clarinet), Alex Lipowski (percussion), Elizabeth Weisser (viola), and Joshua Modney (guest violinist)

Don’t miss the Talea Ensemble’s only summer appearance this season! “Fluid Soundscapes” centers around Helmut Lachenmann’s early masterpiece, Trio Fluido, the oldest and in many ways still the most radical work of the evening. The timbral investigations of Lachemann find their way into the music of one of his most acclaimed students, and one of the most admired composers working in Europe today, Pierluigi Billone. In a unique world premiere performance of a new piece for solo springdrum (Mani.MONO), the sounds emitted from a simple tube the size of one’s forearm with an attached spring are endlessly manipulated into a unique sonic universe unto itself. James Dillon’s Siorram (Gaelic for “in an enchanted sleep”) is moving and affecting, with a strong, folk-like lyrical pull amidst bursts of almost vocalized intensity. Jean-Luc Hervé, whose music is being played in the U.S. for the first time on this concert, plays on the pairing of viola and clarinet through contrapuntal and coloristic imitations and deviations. In a similarly microtonal harmonic world, Tristan Murail’s Les ruines circulaires generates momentum and continuity through arcs of expanding and contracting cycles, overlapping and overreaching between the duo of clarinet and violin.

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