06
Jan 16

Music on the Edge

The program is built around a range of modern interpretations and possibilities for the idea of the madrigal. In his In Dir, Stefano Gervasoni sets the tightly-constructed koan-like texts of medieval German mystic Angelus Silesius. Gervasoni uses the enigmatic texts as inspirations for a distinctive kind of text-painting that informs the structure of each movement. Salvatore Sciarrino’s L’alibi della parola leverages the composer’s unique language of skitters and sighs to create a space of wonder – of special interest is the pulsing of the second movement’s quasar. My Peccavi fateor is based on a few lines of music from an eponymous work by Michael Praetorius, and explores every possible combination of the six voices of our ensemble. Peter Ablinger’s Studien nach der Natur is a collection of ten canons, each of which is a clever imitation of the sounds of everyday life. Finally, Elliott Carter’s Mad Regales brings the composer’s vital rhythmic impetus to bear on a set of witty and strange texts by John Ashbery.

  • Stefano Gervasoni – In Dir (2003-2004)
  • Salvatore Sciarrino – L’alibi della parola
  • Jeffrey Gavett – Peccavi fateor (2015) (US Premiere)
  • Peter Ablinger – Studien nach der Natur (1997, 2002)
  • Elliott Carter – Mad Regales (2007)

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25
Sep 13

21st Century Americans

Ekmeles kicks off the 2013-2014 season with a program of 21st century American music.

  • Taylor Brook – Motorman Sextet (2013) World Premiere
  • Aaron Cassidy – A Painter of Figures in Rooms (2012) US Premiere
  • Elliott Carter – Mad Regales (2007)
  • Zosha Di Castri – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named (2013) World Premiere
  • Adam Mirza – Safe Words (2011, rev. 2013)

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Supported by New Music USA’s Cary Fund For New Music Performance Fund and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University


21
Jul 11

Madrigals & Metamorphoses

The Italian Academy presents Madrigals & Metamorphoses, a program dedicated to new madrigals and transformations of old works.

  • Johannes Schöllhorn – Madrigali a Dio
  • Don Carlo Gesualdo – Madrigals
  • Peter Ablinger – Studien nach der Natur
  • Martin Iddon – hamadryads
  • Carl Bettendorf – Tre madrigali decomposti di Don Carlo Gesualdo
  • Elliott Carter – Mad Regales

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