ensembleTZARA in Chicago, December 19

From Chicago’s Constellation:

ensembleTZARA brings language-based contemporary music to Constellation
Swiss group ensembleTZARA brings contemporary music based on the rhythms of Switzerland’s fourth official language to Constellation

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 7:30 PM
Constellation Chicago
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Samuel Stoll, horn
Moritz Müllenbach, cello
Simone Keller, synthesizer
Guest Artist: Shanna Gutierrez, flute

Robert Ashley (b. 1930): Mixed Blessings, Indiana
David Sontòn (b.1974): La metta da fein – Solo for violoncello, French horn, and synthesizer
Timothy McCormack (b. 1984): Interfacing with Surface
Mathias Steinauer (b. 1959): Phantasos (oder Pavarotti’s Traum) op. 16 for flute solo and microphone stand

Mixed Blessing, Indiana-ina spada a dus talioms is the result of a collaboration between Swiss trio ensembleTZARA and American composer Robert Ashley. Three world premieres, each inspired by the rhythms and cadences of the Rhaeto-Romanic language (Switzerland’s fourth official language), open up a new perspective on the relationship between continuity and single occurrence, acoustic and electronic sound, creating something new from the interplay between these poles. In Robert Ashley’s Mixed Blessings, Indiana, Rhaeto-Romanic translations of advertising leaflets for trivial contemporary American literature create an impersonal platform on which to showcase the language’s rhythm. Timothy McCormack’s Interfacing with Surface pits an increasingly layered and overpowering synthesizer against its acoustic counterparts, launching an aural assault against the audience. David Sontòn, who was raised in the Grisons region of Switzerland and was exposed to the language from a young age, brings a personal touch to La métta da fein – Solo for violoncello, French horn, and synthesizer, blending the three instruments into one part to represent the voice of the metta da fein, a female ghost from Rhaeto-Romanic legend whose murmur frightens children and keeps them from running through the sensitive new grass in blooming meadows.