One of Switzerland’s best-established ensembles of the field of new music offers a highly topical programme, with three world premieres (by Carlo Caking, Tobias Krebs and Nadir Vassena) and two first Swiss hearings (by Sam Scranton and Santiago Díez Fischer). Prokofiev’s spirit and music float over these new works.
Ensemble Gyre: Alejandro Oliván, saxophone /
Stefanie Mirwald, accordion / Christian Smith, percussions
After two decades of international success, Switzerland’s most famous saxophone quartet has decided to make a near revolution in 2018 by switching to electronic music. It is with these new sounds by Kaj Duncan David, Philippe Leroux and Wolfgang Heiniger that the ARTE Quartet will make itself known in Lugano. The programme also includes the microtonal transcription of a piece by Sibelius.
ARTE Quartet: Beat Hofstetter, Sascha Armbruster,
Andrea Formenti and Beat Kappeler, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument)
One of the most curious musical fashions that prevailed in past centuries – the 18th century in particular – was the “Turquerie”, whose unusual effects aimed at giving the impression of listening to Middle Eastern, almost exotic music. Mozart produced some of the most remarkable output in this vein and the Borromini Quartet wishes to track back to the source, accompanied by Taylan Arikan, one of the best advocates of Turkish music.
Borromini Quartet, string quartet / Taylan Arikan, baglamas and voice
The young Turkish musician Ipek Gorgun – a daring experimenter in a wide field of electronic music ranging from composition to DJ performance – offers her own interpretation of Stravinsky’s Firebird. This manipulation results is a free reworking of the piece, where the crossing of style and time results in a major short-circuit.
Ipek Gorgun, electronic music
Comparing – both for affinity and contrast – music pieces that are chronologically very remote, but sometimes surprisingly close: such is the challenge set up by two singers, Dominique Vellard and Giacomo Schiavo, and two saxophonists, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé and Marcus Weiss. Richard Strauss plays a special role in the course of their musical journey, which carries the listener from the Middle Ages through to present days.
Dominique Vellard and Giacomo Schiavo, voices / Pierre-Stéphane Meugé and Marcus Weiss, saxophones