Karvan Sara 4050
3.10.–6.10.2019 Akademie Graz
The notion of time as linear is an illusion that can be dispelled. The idea of spatiality as rooted in a fixed location is also doubtful. Certain is that the audiovisual work Karvan Sara 4050 by Arash Azadi proves any thought of a clear relationship between space and time to be deceptive. Azadi is a young Iranian composer and interdisciplinary artist who lives in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. In Karvan Sara 4050 the historical caravansaries — the places where the traders from East and West met along the Silk Road — become a metaphor for the Caucasus region as a junction of cultures. In terms of time, his artistic imagination transports him into the year 4050, whereby a few thousand years turn into the blink of an eye and the other way around.
In cooperation with SHAPE — Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe. Sponsored by the European Union’s “Creative Europe” program. Arash Azadi is a SHAPE Artist 2019.
03/10/2019 - 19:30 Dom im Berg
A white thread is made to vibrate, dancing around its own axis and quickly forming a standing wave, which while bathed in colorful light seems to be sonorously rotating into eternity and pointing the way towards a new constellation of space and time. SpaceTime Helix is the title of this mysterious drama, which media artist Michela Pelusio conjured with the help of the optical-acoustic instrument that she developed and a dark space. The work was created in 2012 in Austria, and in the following years the artist traveled with it around the world — from Vienna to Tokyo, from Dubai to Montreal. SpaceTime Helix plays with the laws of physics and ultimately leads us back to the beginnings of the world, since standing waves are often found in nature. According to Pelusio: “Standing waves and harmonic vibrations are fundamental to our understanding of the world and the universe.” SpaceTime Helix is being performed in Graz for the first time as part of musikprotokoll.
In cooperation with SHAPE — Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe. Sponsored by the European Union’s “Creative Europe” program. Michela Pelusio is a SHAPE Artist 2019.
03/10/2019 - 20:00 Dom im Berg
Katharina Ernst & Christina Kubisch
When Christina Kubisch and Katharina Ernst got to know each other in 2016 it was a meeting of kindred spirits. Both work in the fields of music and art. Undercurrents resulted from this encounter, the first work for drums and electromagnetic sound composed by Kubisch, who in the early 2000s had developed a set of earphones with built-in induction coils that attract electromagnetic fields and make them audible through amplifiers and speakers. For musikprotokoll the two artists developed second joint work, the commission Interference, which uses a test version of the computer program BeatSeeker. What sets the rhythm are Ernst’s drums, not Kubisch’s recordings of the electromagnetic sounds of various security barriers. In this case, the machines do not control people; people control the machines.
Drums, synthesizer, tam-tam, gongs: Katharina Ernst | Electromagnetic sounds: Christina Kubisch | In cooperation with SHAPE — Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe. Sponsored by the European Union’s “Creative Europe” program. Katharina Ernst is a Shape Artist 2019.
Terry Riley’s In C (Maqam Rast Remodel)
03/10/2019 - 21:00 Dom im Berg
Terry Riley’s In C (Maqam Rast Remodel)
Composer and oud player Khyam Allami is interested in the deconstruction of Maqamat, the melodic systems used in Arab music. According to Allami the rules of Arab music have not be sufficiently broken. Its beauty lies in its elasticity and the expansiveness of time and lines of melody. However, computer programs that generate music generally do not support this, since they generally tend to follow Western concepts of music, tightly constraining the rhythm and melody. During musikprotokoll, Allami presents the solo-electronic version of Terry Riley’s In C, a seminal work of Minimal Music from 1964, transposed into the melodic system of the Arabic mode of a “rest.” To do this, the musician worked with the London-based programmer Charles Matthews to develop his own software based on Max for Live.
03/10/2019 - 22:30 Dom im Berg
Gottfried Krienzer & 23 Musiker/innen aus Graz
It all began with a second-hand listening experience. A friend told Gottfried Krienzer aka kauders about a concert with Glenn Branca and his guitar orchestra. kauders did not know Branca’s work and since in the 1990s music was not so readily available over the internet as it is today, the artist let his fantasy run wild and developed his own ideas about how the concert and its many guitars must have sounded. Over time, kauders developed his very own notion of the guitar orchestra. Ultimately the musician began to capture various guitar melodies in order to layer them with the computer. He experimented with this for ten years in order to find optimal combinations. The result was the work Glop, which can now be heard in a live version for twenty-three carefully selected guitarists from Graz. Slobodan Kajkut and Nikos Zachariadis are responsible for the high-precision combination of the individual guitar voices, which follow a strict score and bounce back and forth between twenty-three amplifiers.
Music and concept: Gottfried Krienzer aka kauders | Musicians: Michael Eisl, Franz Gurt, Daniel Gutmann, Andreas Heller, Birgit Hofstadler, Samo Ismajlovič, Bernhard Jammerbund, Richard Kahlbacher, Reas Klöckl, Michael Laab, Robert Lepenik, Bernd Oberdorfer, Martin Plass, Philip Prugger, Johannes Raggam, Lea Sonnek, Christian Steiner, Alexandra Stessl, Marina Stiegler, Christoph Uhlmann, Eva Ursprung, Klaus Wohlgemuth, and Werner Wohlgemuth | Sound manipulation: Slobodan Kajkut, Nikos Zachariadis
04/10/2019 - 16:00 Theater im Palais
Khyam Allami, Cynthia Zaven, Bushra el-Turk, Deniz Peters
musikprotokoll @ ARTikulationen
ARTikulationen is an international festival for artistic research that engages with aesthetic, social, and existential questions through an integrated — artistic and scientific — approach. Since 2016 artists and thinkers have been presenting their projects, most recent works, and results together with thinkers and PhD candidates. ARTikulationen is organized by the Artistic Doctoral School of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in cooperation with musikprotokoll. Critically Concerned? is the title of this year’s discussion round. Performers, composers, and thinkers dialogue with one another about their music practices and the question as to what extent they are able to express, reflect on, explore, and challenge interpersonal relations, independent of prevailing social conditions. Discussion participants: Khyam Allami, Deniz Peters, Bushra el-Turk, and Cynthia Zaven
In cooperation with SHAPE — Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe. Sponsored by the European Union’s “Creative Europe” program. The Artist Talk/Round Table “Critical Music” takes place in cooperation with the Festival for Artistic Research ARTikulationen of the KWDS/University of Music and Performing Arts.
04/10/2019 - 18:00 esc medien kunst labor
Adam Donovan & Katrin Hochschuh
Katrin Hochschuh and Adam Donovan have been working together as a duo since 2016: Hochschuh comes from the field of digital design and robotic architectural fabrication. Working in robotics and acoustics, Donovan is specialized in directional sound and acoustic lenses. Psychophysics Machines consists of five sound-generating robotic sculptures, whose audio-analysis functions are slowly altered by the artists’ interventions over the course of the performance. The resulting shifts in sound transform human perception, providing an experience rooted in the here and now.
Composition, electronics: Adam Donovan, Katrin Hochschuh. | A production of esc medien kunst labor and ORF musikprotokoll.
04/10/2019 - 19:30 Next Liberty
Christina Athinodorou, Mikheil Shugliashvili, Ofir Klemperer
Keyboard instruments have always formed the backbone of small instrumental ensembles. Presenting three very different compositions and virtuosic playing in one evening, Klangforum Wien is testimony to the fact that not everything has already been tried and tested in this wide-ranging genre. In a work by Mikheil Shugliashvili (1941–1996), a string quartet takes on two pianos. Things get intense — energized, brusque, powerful — in this sextet, a piece exemplifying the erratic, unique character of this Georgian composer. Christina Athinodorou's En Root, a trio for clarinet, cello, and piano offers a rhythmic and melodic sensibility indebted to the richness of Cypriot culture. Finally, in the performance of his composition The Rural Realm, Ofir Klemperer takes on the role of the groovy soloist, playing the legendary Korg MS-20 synthesizer.
Composition: Christina Athinodorou, Ofir Klemperer, and Mikheil Shugliashvili | Klangforum Wien | Conductor: Ilan Volkov | Synthesizer: Ofir Klemperer | The score for the composition Sextet for Two Pianos and a String Quartet (1973) by Mikheil Shugliashvili was copublished by Boosey & Hawkes and ORF musikprotokoll for the first time on this occasion.
04/10/2019 - 21:00 Next Liberty
Arash Azadi, Cynthia Zaven, Clemens Wenger, Oxana Omelchuk, Matthias Kranebitter, Maja Osojnik, Christof Dienz, Bushra el-Turk, Vincent Pongracz, Susanna Gartmayer
Studio Dan plays a stringent sequence of ten premiering compositions. New works by composers from Austria, Lebanon, Belarus, and Armenia form a dazzling mosaic created in close communication with each other and with the ensemble — works that as a whole have the effect of a resonating magnifying glass. From the initial one-minute solo to a two-minute duo and the concluding ten-minute tentet, the individual works broadly arch through different sound experiences. Initiator Daniel Riegler calls the new collectively conceived project Augmented Reality, in which ten music positions dialogue with their respective neighbors.
Composition: Arash Azadi, Christof Dienz, Susanna Gartmayer, Matthias Kranebitter, Oxana Omelchuk, Maja Osojnik, Vincent Pongracz, Bushra el-Turk, Clemens Wenger und Cynthia Zaven | Studio Dan | Musical director: Daniel Riegler | The compositions by Arash Azadi, Bushra el-Turk, and Cynthia Zaven were commissioned by ORF musikprotokoll. Arash Azadi is a SHAPE Artist 2019.
04/10/2019 - 22:30 Next Liberty
Mounir Troudi, Erwan Keravec, Wassim Halal
A Breton bagpipe player, a Tunisian singer, and a Lebanese percussionist came together to form this astounding trio. Erwan Keravec has repeatedly demonstrated that bagpipes, with their archaic power, are a fascinating instrument for experimentation and new music and has also collaborated with musicians such as Wolfgang Mitterer and Mats Gustafsson. In 2015 Keravec founded the trio Revolutionary Birds together with the percussionist Wassim Halal and the poet and singer Mounir Troudi, trained in Arabic vocals, Sufi traditions, and jazz. Since then the trio has been exploring the fascinating potential of different musical worlds that is born from such an unusual combination — presented for the first time in Austria!
Vocals: Mounir Troudi | Bagpipes: Erwan Keravec | Percussion: Wassim Halal | In cooperation with SHAPE — Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe. Sponsored by the European Union’s “Creative Europe” program. Erwan Keravec is a SHAPE Artist 2019.
05/10/2019 - 10:00 Akademie Graz
Helmut Jasbar im Gespräch mit Ilan Volkov
The radio program Ö1 Klassik-Treffpunkt broadcasts from the Akademie Graz. Among the guests of host Helmut Jasbar is the Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov, who is conducting in conjunction with musikprotokoll, for the Vienna RSO and also for Klangforum Wien. Between these two concerts makes time for an extended broadcasted conversation about music and other important things in life. As the former assistant to Seiji Ozawa of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov is among the most successful conductors of his generation and also a proven expert in contemporary music. In addition to his engagements with important international orchestras, he founded the project Tectonics in 2012 in Iceland, a festival whose imaginative and eclectic programming cuts across experimental music, improvisation, world music, electronics, and other styles and has since taken place at many other locations, including Adelaide, New York, and Tel Aviv.
Danapris String Quartet
05/10/2019 - 18:00 Grazer Congress, Kammermusiksaal
Danapris String Quartet
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Ein Konzert in Kooperation mit dem neu gegründeten Ukrainischen Institut im Rahmen des Österreich-Ukraine Kulturjahrs 2019.
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
05/10/2019 - 19:30 Grazer Congress, Stefaniensaal
Oxana Omelchuk, Mikheil Shugliashvili, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Yuval Shaked, Brahim Kerkour
Mikheil Shugliashvili (1941–1996) was an extremely important teacher who served as an example for an entire generation of young composers. However, many of his works created for large orchestras were never performed in Soviet Georgia. In 2019 musikprotokoll rediscovers Shugliashvili, who died in 1996, and his energetic constructivist approach, with the first-ever performance of his orchestral work Polychronia, which was published for the first time on this occasion. In this concert his music is being played in combination with premiering commissioned works by composers from the vicinity of Europe who could veritably be described as his “second-generation” students: music by the Moroccan composer Brahim Kerkour, the Belarusian composer Oxana Omelchuk, and the Israeli composer Yuval Shaked. Also included in the program is a work by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (1919–1994), who was active for many years in Israel and who could be considered the aesthetic progenitor of all these composers.
Composition: Brahim Kerkour, Oxana Omelchuk, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Yuval Shaked, and Mikheil Shugliashvili | ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra | Conductor: Ilan Volkov | These compositions by Yuval Shaked and Brahim Kerkour were commissioned by ORF musikprotokoll. The composition by Oxana Omelchuk is an Emil Breisach composition commissioned by ORF musikprotokoll. The score for the composition Polychronia was copublished by Boosey & Hawkes and ORF musikprotokoll for the first time on this occasion.
Große Chromatische Fantasie
05/10/2019 - 21:00 Grazer Congress, Saal Steiermark
Mikheil Shugliashvili (1941–1996) is considered the “Georgian Xenakis.” He was thrown out of the conservatory in Tbilisi twice. Shugliashvili’s determined radical constructivist approach could not be reconciled with the reigning Soviet artistic doctrine. Many of his works are only now being performed for the first time (on this same evening the Vienna RSO is presenting the premiere of his major orchestral work Polychronia). An important step in the rediscovery of the composer was the much-lauded recording of his symphony Grand Chromatic Fantasy (Symphony) for Three Pianos released by Wandelweiser Records. The musicians who created this recording are now bringing this overwhelming sound to Graz as guest performers. Lasting almost an hour, the work entails racing progressions, abrupt chord transitions, and repetitive concentration of sounds that produce a musically sacred space, a “concert-church” as described by Thomas Meyer.
Composition: Mikheil Shugliashvili | Piano: Tamara Chitadze, Tamriko Kordzaia, and Stefan Wirth
05/10/2019 - 22:30 Grazer Congress, Kammermusiksaal
Tamuna Tolordava & David Shugliashvili
While there were many singers in the Soviet Union, songwriters were unusual. Georgian musician Inola Gurgulia was one of these exceptions. Wife of composer Mikheil Shugliashvili, she sang in the Georgian language about peace and human kindness — which was enough for her to be labeled anti-Soviet and be prevented from performing at major venues. In Georgia her songs have the status of folk songs that when sung in little backstreet cafes or on TV talent shows still move people to the point of tears. In this beleaguered country her songs are considered symbols of freedom. Gurgulia’s son, musicologist David Shugliashvili, is specialized in the rich vocal traditions of Georgian folk music. As a singer, he and his wife, Tamuna Tolordava, keep the songs of Inola Gurgulia alive.
Guitar and vocals: David Shugliashvili | Vocals: Tamuna Tolordava
06/10/2019 - 19:30 MUMUTH, Ligeti-Saal
7th Johann Joseph Fux Competition for Opera Composition
Born in Kazakhstan in 1987, composer Sehyung Kim takes the audience into the late twenty-first century. War is raging. The poor are becoming poorer, and the population is decreasing. Recycling is important on different levels. A character who is looking for a lover who has disappeared discovers terrible things. People are being held to be used as spare parts for wounded soldiers. The work uses various elements familiar from science-fiction dystopias and converges into a short opera that matches the pulse of a precarious present. Director Olivier Tambosi has staged this premiere of the 7th Johann Joseph Fux Competition for Opera Composition, which is awarded by the Province of Styria and features students of the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz. The production takes place in cooperation with musikprotokoll and under the musical direction of Wolfgang Hattinger.
Composer: Sehyung Kim | Libretto: Alexander Micheuz | Musical director: Wolfgang Hattinger | Director: Olivier Tambosi | Stage Design: Lena Weikhard | Soloist of the University for Music and Performing Arts (KUG): Valentino Blasina, Christoph Gerhardus, Stefan Janovic, Corina Koller | Instrumentalists of Performance Practic in Contemporary Musict (PPCM) of the University for Music and Performing Arts (KUG) with the Klangforum Wien | In cooperation with the University for Music and Performing Arts (KUG). Follow-up performances are on 7.10. and 9.10., each 19:30 o'clock.