Sep 14 2012 Moving Sounds Festival 2012
Presented by ACFNY
Bohemian National Hall at Czech Center
321 E 73rd St., New York, NY
For the fourth consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York has teamed up with the Music Information Center Austria (MICA), and the Argento New Music ProjectÃs director, Michel Galante, to produce Moving Sounds, a festival dedicated to music, visual media and aesthetic dialogue that features emerging and pioneering artists who focus on electronically generated music, and those who are at the interface of classically instrumented and electronic music.
Pasquale Corrado: PULSE (2012, US premiere)
Moon Young HA: illusive (2011)
Elisabeth Harnik: Re-framing I (2009-10, US premiere)
Kurt Rohde: Night Vase / Obsession Toccatta (2009, NY premiere)
Bent Sørensen: The Lady of Shalott (1993, US premiere)
Wolfram Schurig: noten) jahre (- in erinnerung an james (2009, US premiere)
The evening opens with a pair of works by Kurt Rohde which explore traditional violin techniques. Night Vase is a serene song which explores possibilities of diadic solo violin music. Obsession Toccata integrates virtuosic elements of classical technique and many bells and whistles of modern writing; these elements complement the fiery double-stops and prominent ringing-strings of old-time fiddle playing, creating a truly hybrid work. Pulse, by Pasquale Corrado, is a most unpredictable work. With its sharply carved, surprising flitting gestures, one listens in vain for certain ground. Corrado describes the work as a sequence of irrationality generated by a single, unstable musical molecule. The resulting pattern is indeed uneasy for listening. It has been said that Brent Sørensen’s work “reminds you of something you’ve never heard before”. Somehow his work is mysterious and new, and yet intimately familiar. In The Lady of Shalott microtonal nuances, swaying sighs, and lyrical melodies are lovingly dreamt up within an unusual, and unusually intimate musical landscape. Elisabeth Harnik is known for her work combining composition and improvisation. Here, in her fully-composed Re-framing I, we hear a variety of compositional processes “sieved” to create a multi-layered and flexible form. Says Harnik, “The interplay between planned and unpredictable create an openness that allows new perspectives to emerge which in turn influence and shape the course of the whole piece”. How time moves in this work is noteworthy. It is always in flux – at times nearly static, at times common, and sometimes it surprisingly pauses and begins again. The last two works of the evening have more personal origin. Moon Young Ha’s illusive is an ambitious narrative inspired by the composer’s evolving feelings as he adjusted to life in New York. The scope and variety of detail throughout is particularly remarkable. Ha’s exploration of the highest registers is adventurous, including pure-tone harmonics, and noisy sul ponticello and pizzicato textures. Wolfram Schurig’s noten )jahre( was written in memory of James Avery (director ensemble SurPlus). One note is composed for each year of Avery’s life.