Darragh Morgan, Anthèmes @ Music Current 2021

Darragh Morgan, one of the most renowned performers of contemporary music, will give the Irish concert premiere of Pierre Boulez’s “Anthèmes 2”, a landmark work for solo and electronic violin, in which the computer literally “follows” the song. Darragh performance in real life. time and makes a live accompaniment. Boulez’s masterpiece is paired with Frank Lyon’s recent commission “Spin 2” commissioned by Darragh Morgan, the work follows a similar development to Anthemes 2, having undergone revisions and the addition of an electronic part .

Since the late 1980s, when computers became fast enough to follow live performances, composers have written for acoustic instruments augmented with digital electronics. Pierre Boulez is no exception. As the first director of Paris’ Ircam research center for electroacoustic music (1977-1992), he greatly influenced the development of music with live electronics, and they appear in many of his works from the 1980s and beyond. ‘Anthems II‘(1997), for violin and electronics, is a good example of his style and methods. The first thing to note is that there is no “Anthems I”, so to speak. Anthems II is based on a work for solo violin that Boulez composed in 1991 for the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition. Approximately 9 minutes long, Anthèmes is a stimulating text about a performer’s skill in handling different instrumental timbres, as well as shaping an endlessly inventive series of races, trills and flourishes.

Anthems II is still for violin. The shape of the coin is basically the same, with the same events in the same order. But with the addition of live electronics, Boulez stretched it to twice its original length.

All the music heard on the electronic track is generated in real time; none of this is pre-recorded. More importantly, in terms of the technical innovations of the piece, everything is set and synchronized by the computer, which analyzes what he hears the violinist playing to “follow” the score itself and trigger the right sounds or effects. at the right time. moment. (In 1997, it was state of the art equipment, using technology and expertise that had been accumulated in Ircam over two decades.) Phrases and gestures are ornate and elaborate, the violin is split into multiple copies of itself, or smeared into chords, or its sound is transformed into rushing wind or raindrops. What in the original were simple pizzicato feathers are divided into many tiny sound points; the trills bloom in large reverberating spaces. It’s as if the solo piece has been placed inside a room of mirrors, each reflecting a differently distorted version of the original.

Frank Lyons, Spin 2 (2021)
Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Anthèmes 2 (1997)

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Dublin Sound Lab presents
BLOUSE ALLEY THEATER :: November 8-11, 2021 :: www.smockalley.com

MUSIC RUNNING is back! Dublin’s annual New Music Festival returns with six concerts over four days featuring the best of new contemporary Irish and international electronic music, Smock Alley Theater, November 8-11, 2021. MUSIC RUNNING, now in its fifth year, offers a platform for the most recent contemporary electronic music. This year’s festival has a decidedly multimedia flavor, with: interactive web performances, video performances, computer sheet music tracking, private YouTube performances carried to the concert hall, guns, shovels and even buckets of sand.

Monday November 8, 8 p.m. – Zubin Kanga, Piano Wiki
Tuesday November 9, 7 p.m. – Current Music Soloists, Currents
Tuesday November 9, 8 p.m. – Darragh morgan, Anthems
Wednesday November 10, 8 p.m. – Bastard missions, Execution
Thursday November 11, 6 p.m. – Lina Andonovska, Public confidentiality
Friday November 11, 8 p.m. – Richard craig, Valley
Tickets for each concert are 15/10 €. Book tickets here.

Festival opens with first Irish concert by Australian pianist and new music adventurer Zubin Kanga, which is performing in Dublin for the first time. Champion of collaboration and new music commissions, Zubin performs a very personal program composed entirely of works he has personally commissioned for piano and electronics, including: the Irish premiere of the work of Alexander Schubert WIKIPIANO.REPORT, in which members of the public can add or modify the score; that of Michael Finnissy and Adam of the Court, the new “Hammerklavier (Part 2)” inspired by Beethoven; the world premiere of Nicole Lizée’s revised “Scorsese Studies”; as well as new works for piano and electronics by Scott McLaughlin and Fergal Dowling

Every year MUSIC RUNNING invites composers from all over the world to develop new works for the festival. This year, seven Irish composers were invited to collaborate with five Irish soloists to prepare a concert of entirely new works based on their year-long collaboration. The resultant Music Current Soloists Concert is a stimulating mix of intimate, imaginative, thought-provoking and playful new works by established composers and the next generation: Seán O’Dálaigh, Elis Czerniak, Jane Deasy, Gráinne Mulvey, Darragh Kelly, Paul Scully, Neil O’Connor, with works performed by Paul Roe, Marja Gaynor, Ilse de Ziah, Joe O’Farrell and Darragh Morgan.

This concert is normally associated with new works developed within the festival, rather than in advance, with one of the participating composers being offered a commission for the following year’s festival. This year the commission award will be open for online submissions and the announcement will be made at this event.

This program is part of a double concert which also presents “classic” works from the repertoire. Darragh morgan, one of the most renowned performers of contemporary music, will give the Irish concert premiere of Pierre Boulez’s “Anthèmes 2”, a landmark work for solo violin and electronic, in which the computer literally “follows” the performance of Darragh in real time and provides live accompaniment. Boulez’s masterpiece is paired with Frank Lyon’s recent commission “Spin 2”, commissioned by Darragh Morgan, the work follows a similar development to Anthemes 2, having undergone revisions and the addition of a part electronic.

The festival sees the Irish debuts of renowned London-based iconoclasts, Bastard missions, who bring their unique brand of collaborative composition and ensemble performance to Dublin in a program of four recent works. This concert is a true multimedia performance that defies the limits of what is considered music – it is a spectacle that can only be experienced live.

The festival ends with a double concert of Irish and international works for flute and electronics. australian flautist, Lina Andonovska offers an exclusive program of Irish premieres featuring some of the most performed international composers of the current generation, including: “Public Privacy # 1 (flute cover)” by Brigitta Muntendorf, a study on the schizophrenic relationship between YouTuber soloists at home and their very public performances; David Fennessy’s new work, “Bridge”; and the Irish premieres of “Études Tarantino” by Nicole Lizée, inspired by cinema.

Renowned Scottish flutist and champion of new music, Richard craig, closes the festival with a program of recent works built around Richard Barrett’s “Vale”, a hypnotic study for amplified flute. Richard will also premiere the intimate and intriguing piece by Seán O’Dálaigh “Paysage II»For flute; a work that Seán wrote especially for Richard in response to the Music Current 2019 commission.

To learn more, visit www.musiccurrent.ie and https://smockalley.com/music-current-2021

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