GASTKONZERT: Mivos Quartet | NY

Montag, 28. Juni 2021, 20:00 Uhr (Künstlerhaus Großer Saal)


Hannah Kendall (*1984)
Glance / I Don't Belong Here (2019)

Peter Kramer (*1989)
Three Fragments (2018/21)

Michaela Catranis (*1985)
luminous animal (2020)

Henry Threadgill (*1944)
Sixfivetwo (2018)


Mivos Quartet | NY

Olivia De Prato, Violine
Maya Bennardo, Violine
Victor Lowrie Tafoya, Viola
Tyler J. Borden, Violoncello

Das Mivos Quartet, „eines der gewagtesten und wildesten Ensembles für neue Musik in Amerika" (The Chicago Reader), widmet sich der Aufführung von Werken zeitgenössischer Komponist*innen und der Präsentation neuer Musik vor einem diversen Publikum. Dabei ist das 2008 in New York City gegründete Quartett, dessen Mitglieder auch selbst komponieren und arrangieren, besonders an einer beständigen und langfristigen Zusammenarbeit mit Komponist*innen unterschiedlichster Ästhetiken interessiert.
Das Quartett erhielt 2019 den Dwight- und Ursula-Mamlok-Preis für Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik. Es wurde von renommierten Festivals wie die New York Phil Biennale, wien modern, Newport Jazz Festival, Asphalt Festival, HellHOT! Festival / Hongkong, Monterey Jazz Festival, Edgefest Ann Arbor (MI), Música de Agora na Bahia / Brasilien, Aldeburgh Music / Großbritannien und bei der Biennale di Venezia eingeladen.
Mivos engagiert sich besonders in der Beauftragung und Uraufführung neuer Musik für Streichquartett. Vor kurzem hat Mivos neue Werke von Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Sam Pluta (Luzerner Festivalkommission), Dan Blake (Jerome-Kommission), George Lewis (ECLAT-Festival Kommission), Eric Wubbels (CMA-Kommission), Kate Soper, Scott Wollschleger, Patrick Higgins (ZS) und dem Dichter/Musiker Saul Williams interpretiert.
Neben der Erweiterung des Streichquartett-Repertoires engagiert sich Mivos auch für die Zusammenarbeit mit Gast-Künstlern, die Erforschung von Multimedia-Projekten mit Live-Video und Elektronik sowie die Aufführung improvisierter Musik. Neben der Zusammenarbeit mit Dan Blake und Saul Williams führte dies zu Auftritten und Tourneen mit Künstlern wie Ambrose Akinmusire, Ned Rothenberg, Timucin Sahin, Nate Wooley oder Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Known for her attentive arrangements and immersive world-building, Hannah Kendall's music looks beyond the boundaries of composition. Her work bridges gaps between different musical cultures, both honouring and questioning the contemporary tradition while telling new stories through it. Born in London in 1984, Kendall is based in New York City as a Doctoral Fellow in composition at Columbia University. Kendall's note about her piece:

"Glances / I Don't Belong Here: is inspired by the British-Guyanese artist Ingrid Pollard's Pastoral Interludes, a series of photographs in which her Black British subjects are posed in the Lake District, the epitome of rural Britain; exploring the notion of alienation and 'otherness' in such spaces. In a similar way, this collection of seven miniatures are musical snapshots of my most cherished non-urban settings, and the experiences that can accompany each visit."

Peter Kramer was born in Portland, Oregon where he studied composition, piano and violin. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory with a double major in Composition and Harpsichord Performance, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition at the CUNY Graduate Center. Peter was recently awarded the Kanter Prize (2020) by the Mivos Quartet for his work this piece, and is also the recipient of the Walter E. Aschaffenburg Prize in Composition, the Earl L. Russel Award in Historical Performance, and the Shansi Prize for his choral composition AMA from Oberlin Conservatory. Kramer's note about his piece:

"Three Fragments was written during the summer and fall of 2018 and was edited during the spring of 2021, this piece is dedicated to the memory of novelist/director Hu Bo.

I turn him over. To face it. The cathedral
In his sea-black eyes. The face Not mine—but one I will wear
And these tend inward to me, and I tend outward to them, And such as it is to be of these more or less I am...
Fragments from: Ocean Vuong, Telemachus and Walt Whitman, Song of Myself"

Michaela Catranis (b. 1985) holds degrees in piano performance (Peabody Conservatory, Bremen University of the Arts) and composition (Hanns Eisler School of Music). She lives and works in Berlin where she founded inter-disciplinary performance ensemble menajiri. Her works have been performed in concert halls such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie and the KKL Lucerne. This piece was commissioned for Mivos Quartet by the Fondation Royaumont with the help of Christine Jolivet Erlih. Catranis' note about her piece:

"This piece was inspired by Tony Moffeit's poem, luminous animal (1989). First reading this, I was struck by the music in his verse, the metaphorical language and the expressive way he conveys human struggle. Moffeit reiterates in his poetic way, one of those ambiguities every one of us has experienced - on the other side of pain, we can uncover something luminous in ourselves. He makes the parallel to bioluminescent organisms that emit light in the deepest, darkest places. "There is only one answer: to go deeper into the heart of the wound to go deeper into the heart of the a luminous animal you glow from the fire of the pulse in your veins" (Moffeit). I used some of the metaphors and thematic material in the poem as I wrote this piece: a sense of shining, flickering light was the idea in the opening section, the strings hovering within an enclosed harmonic space, out of which emerge sharp, fiery accents, bursts of light. The viola solo later on in the piece was drawn from the themes of solitude/self-reflection: "like a luminous animal you dance alone like a luminous animal the night fills all your pores like a luminous animal you glow" (Moffeit)."

For over forty years, Henry Threadgill (b.1944) has been celebrated as one of the most forward-thinking composers and multi-instrumentalists in American music. The New York Times has called him "perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation." Threadgill is a recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music for "In for a Penny, In for a Pound." Threadgill is an early member of the AACM. Threadgill composed Sixfivetwo for the Kronos Quartet, a 12-minute work for string quartet that includes opportunities for players to improvise. "The improvisational component is very important," he said in an interview while describing his philosophy which guided the creation of this piece. "Kronos knows it's important and I know it's important. It's a shame that the classical concert world doesn't understand how important it is... Everything is about exploration. We get to where we are because of exploration. That's why improvisation is so important... We won't improve anything unless we have an improvisational approach to life."

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