Posted by Xenia Pestova »
Running from 29 May until 30 June, 2013, ManiFeste festival and academy can be seen as a reincarnation of IRCAM‘s Festival Agora combined with Centre Acanthes, the iconic contemporary music summer school and festival. While those who attended Acanthes in the more intimate settings of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon or Metz might agree that it would be difficult to replicate the close community spirit of these unforgettable gatherings amidst the distractions of Paris, the delectable display of concerts on offer provided a perfect excuse to visit the metropolis for a sampler.
Composer Fausto Romitelli (photo credit: taleaensemble.org)
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Posted by Thomas Deneuville »
MATA 2012 is happening right now for the first time at Roulette, and we wanted to take the time to talk to one of the composers featured on the April 20th concert SIGNS AND SIGNALS: David Coll. David has studied at the University of Illinois, IRCAM in Paris (Cursus and Cursus 2), and at the University of California-Berkeley, receiving his PhD in December 2010. He now lives and works in Belgium.
Position, Influence (2010), for soprano and electronics will be performed by Mellissa Hughes this coming Friday and we were really curious about that piece…
How did you discover the de Gaulle speeches that you used as a textual source for Position, Influence?
It was part of the journey of gathering material for the piece. I remember spending a lot of time with Pasolini actually, but his poetry was underwhelming compared to his highly charged films. I looked at Isidore Isou as well, but nothing came together. Finally, getting more into the Enrages and the Situationists, I realized I needed to look at some historical documents. I subscribed to INA (Ed. French for National Audiovisual Institute) and all of a sudden I see de Gaulle (Ed. Charles de Gaulle was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first President from 1959 to 1969). What an incredible look and figure, I thought.
In fact the pieces opening line (Je ne me retirerai pas / I will not step down! (from office)) is the only fragment that is De Gaulle. And it is his first statement after returning from abroad and having the Mai 68 events already in full force. After that, the piece moves in many directions, and the text is mine actually.
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Posted by David Pearson »
Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is in residence at Carnegie Hall this season, and this past Monday night was a chance to hear three of her chamber works for strings alongside several pieces by young composers at Zankel Hall. The concert was part of a Young Artists Workshop, and featured some impressive young string players giving what were mostly premiere performances. While Saariaho’s pieces explored new and exciting timbres in different combinations of strings in a way that felt organic and substantive, the works by young composers fell far short of such substance.
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