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Events 11 | 2011

Wed–Fri November 23–25 2011
Piano+/Iannis Xenakis

as part of IMATRONIC | Festival of Electronic Music
at ZKM_Cube, Wed. 8 p.m., Thurs. 7 p.m., Fri. from 7 p.m., admission concerts 9/6€, symposium at ZKM_Lecture Hall, Thurs/Fri. from 5 p.m., admission free

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The pianist Catherine Vickers is curator of the concert series Piano+ which, in four concerts, presents central positions of contemporary piano composition. These pieces burst the borders of the instrument, and expand into the medial, theatrical, or electroacoustic fields. The individual concerts offer different focal points and perspectives. The opening evening begins with audiovisual compositions by Bodijar Spassov, Martin Messmer and Michael Beil. Along with the three core pianists in the festival, Catherine Vickers, Rei Nakamura and Sebastian Berweck, the trombonist Mike Svoboda also appears as a guest at the concert. The following concert focuses on the aspect of the mechanical in the compositions of Conlon Nancarrow as well as the minimalist Phillip Glass, including a participative new piece by Ludger Brümmer, Chair of ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (IMA), which influence the playing of pianist Maki Namekawa. This year, too, Piano+ presents extraordinary performances that expand the canon of piano music. Along with two works by Iannis Xenakis, also compositions by Martin Iddon (with midi-piano) and pure-data actionist Johannes Kreidler will be premiered by Rei Nakamura. The pianist Sebastian Berweck, a specialist in the combination of electronics and piano, presents a program of compositional masterpieces from recent years by Orm Finnendahl, Enno Poppe, Maximilian Marcoll and Hans Tutschku. "Keyboard Study #2" by Terry Riley was also newly arranged for the space of the Klangdom.

In the context of Piano+, an evening of two concerts is dedicated to the visionary Iannis Xenakis, who moved between mathematics, architecture, and music: rarely played piano works, such as "Evryali", "Six Chansons", "Mists" and "À.r.(Hommage à Ravel)" as well as "Dikhthas" for piano and violin will be confronted by electroacoustic compositions. Under the heading "Xenakis today", the piano work of Iannis Xenakis will juxtapose new works by young composers of algorithmic music. Xenakis will be interpreted by the three pianists Martin von der Heydt, Axel Gremmelspacher and Catherine Vickers. A two-day symposium with Xenakis specialists focuses the future of his electronic compositions under the aspects of exhibition practices and their importance for contemporary algorithmic compositional practice.


Wed November 23
Opening Concert IMATRONIC
    8 p.m. at ZKM_Cube

"Öffentliche Intimität / Public Intimacy" Piano+ I
with works by Bojidar Spassov, Martin Messmer, Michael Beil
"Mechanics" Piano+ II
with works by Philip Glass, Isang Yun, Conlon Nancarrow, Ludger Brümmer & Götz Dipper

Thurs November 24
"Iannis Xenakis 1922 – 2001"
    5 p.m. at the ZKM_Lecture Hall
Symposium "Xenakis, Algorithms, Electronics"
Lectures by Makis Solomos and Sharon Kanach, followed by podium discussion
    7 p.m. at ZKM_Cube
"Iannis Xenakis: Piano and Electroacoustics" Piano+ III
Iannis Xenakis "Concret PH" for two-channel sound reel (1958)
Iannis Xenakis "À.r.(Hommage à Ravel)" for piano (1987)
Iannis Xenakis "Herma" for piano (1960/61)
Iannis Xenakis "Bohor" for multi-channel sound reel (1962)
Iannis Xenakis "Dikhthas" for piano and violin (1979)
Iannis Xenakis "Six Chansons" for piano (1951)
Iannis Xenakis "Orient-Occident" for four-channel sound reel (1960)
Iannis Xenakis "Evryali" for piano (1973)
Piano: Martin von der Heydt, Axel Gremmelspacher, Catherine Vickers
Violin: Jacek Klimkiewicz
    9 p.m. at ZKM_Cube
"Xenakis today" Piano+ IV
Iannis Xenakis "Mists" for piano (1981)
Iannis Xenakis "Diamorphosis" for sound reel (1957)
Martin Iddon (*1975) "Karya" with midi-grand piano and electronics (UA, 2011)
Johannes Kreidler (*1980) piece for piano and video (UA, 2011)
Piano: Rei Nakamura

Fri November 25
    5 p.m. at the ZKM_Lecture Hall
Symposium "Xenakis, Algorithms, Electronics"
Lectures by Daniel Teige and Reinhold Friedl
Attention, new schedule:
    7 p.m. at the ZKM_Cube
"Butoh-Dance" – Electronic Music and Dance
Gilles Gobeil "Effraction de l'oubli Compagnie Li(luo)" for music and Butoh dance (2010) Dance: Camille Mutel
Gilles Gobeil: Sound Director / Klangdom
    9 p.m. at the ZKM_Cube
"Piatronics" Piano+ V
Enno Poppe (*1969) "Arbeit / Work" (2007/08, 15')
Orm Finnendahl (*1963) "Wheel of Fortune" for midi-grand piano and live electronics with video (1993/94, rev. 1995, 15’)
Maximilian Marcoll (*1981) "Samstag morgen – Berlin-Neukölln. Studie. Und Selbstportrait. Mit Hirsch. Für Klavier und Zuspielungen / Saturday Morning – Berlin- Neukölln. Study. And Self-portrait. With Stag. For piano and accompaniment" (2007)
Hans Tutschku (*1966) "Zellen – Linien / Cells – Lines" for piano and live electronics (2007)
Terry Riley (*1935) "Keyboard Study #2" (realized with Zirkonium/Klangdom) Piano: Sebastian Berweck

The exhibition "Iannis Xenakis" (November 23 – December 31, 2011 on the ZKM_Music Balcony) unfortunatly had to be cancelled.

IMATRONIC is the Festival of Electronic Music at the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (IMA). TheGiga-Hertz Prize for Electronic Music 2011 will be organized by ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics(IMA) and EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO des SWR. The Walter-Fink Prize of the ZKM for Dance, Electroacoustic Music and Media is made possible by the music patron Walter Fink.

Curator and Pianist Catherine Vickers, © Wolfgang Kleber

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