The Seattle Chamber Players are joined by pianist Cristina Valdes and percussionist Rob Tucker to present captivating new musicas part of the Seattle Symphony’s free Day of Music. The program includes a commissionfor SCP by American composer Kyle Gann, a Jimi Hendrix inspired work written for SCP by Vladimir Nikolaev, and Seattle’s first exploration of music by the enigmatic Christophe Bertrand.
SCP collaborates with rock-star bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann, pianist Cristina Valdes, and percussionist Rob Tucker in a performance of new music of some of the most promising emerging composers from Europe and Africa whose explorations of their own national traditions result in dynamic chamber compositions for Western orchestral instruments.
Featuring the world premiere of Lisse Strié by Algerian composer Salim Dada, recent works by Helena Tulve (Estonia) and Nabil Benabdeljalil (Morocco) will receive their U.S. premieres in addition to a reprise of Virya (2004) by Christophe Bertrand. Music on the Grass (1995) by Latvian composer George Pelecis, a fresh and positive example of what was called at the time “the new consonance,”will jointhe highly regarded Alexander Raskatov’sTime of Falling Flowers, written in 2006 for the Seattle Chamber Players. Each piece is conceptually unique, highly innovative, and sure to provoke and inspire audiences.
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
Friday, October 25, 2013, 5:15pm
Featured event of the 39th International Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference (STP&A)
Admission is free
In this presentation titled “Creating and Presenting Classical Music in the Era of New Technologies”, SCP’s Artistic Advisor Dr. Elena Dubinets explores the cross-pollination between art music and new technologies as they meet in the interdependent realm of music creation and concert presenting. The area of music creation and the ways in which composers have internalized and incorporated technological advances into their compositional languages will be discussed as it previews the Seattle Chamber Players festival, “Icebreaker: Open Source.” To illustrate the festival’s driving concept, members of the Seattle Chamber Players will perform several compositions created in the XXI century and embedded with new and innovative technologies.
SCP pushes the boundaries of genre and convention with a two-day celebration of high tech music-making, Icebreaker VII: Open Source. Underlining an exciting, coherent and complex dialogue between film, electronics and live music, Open Source seeks to embrace audiences in a single continuum of total perception through performance art that embodies unprecedented technological advances. Live music, text, and multimedia fuse into boundary-breaking aesthetic forms, featuring cutting-edge visual imagery and a vast array of computer technologies.
In the first concert, Portuguese composer Luis Tinoco’s Spam! (2009) sources the detritus-rich Internet and will leave the audience howling with laughter in much the same way as The Onion or the Daily Show. Italian composer Fausto Romitelli’s magnum opus, the video opera An Index of Metals (2003) is a hypnotic path towards perceptive saturation and the mind-blowing conclusion to the concert. The second concert features Dutch composer and filmmaker Michel van der Aa’s Up-Close (2010), a hair-raising interaction in which a mysterious film mirrors a dramatic live performance. Also on the program, Greek composer Yannis Kyriakides‘ Karaoke Etudes (2010) is a sampling of iconic pop classics with video-driven live interactions. German composer Michael Beil’s open source (2008) utilizes a Wiki-type editing approach to a classical aria.