Past Events
Concert
Argento Ensemble: Mahler & Space
October 4, 2018
 
About Oliver Schneller’s Clair/Obscur for ensemble and electronics, the composer writes, “The edges of the painted shapes become soft, often uncertain and elusive.” Schneller cites the influence of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony’s conclusion, which stretches its lines “to a point of near extinction.”

Gerhard Krammer takes poems from Mahler’s favorite writer, ultra-romantic poet Friedrich Rückert, and sets them in a “Lieder” format for soprano and piano in his Rückert Lieder, with soprano Sharon Harms performing. Argento includes selections from Mahler’s own Rückert Lieder, written 110 years earlier than Krammer’s piece with the same name.

Pianist/Improvisor/Composer Elisabeth Harnik was first asked to perform a Mahler-inspired work of her own at the London’s Austrian Cultural Forum 2011 Mahler festival where she focused on spatial listening in Mahler´s work. In the Moving Sounds Festival 2018, she will perform a new work with audience participation refering to Mahler’s improvisational skills and thus, his strong ability to integrate his life and listening experiences into his music. Her Moving
Sounds appearance comes in the wake of the release of two critically acclaimed CDs of improvisations, “Ways of My Hands_Music for piano” and “Tender Music,” which she recorded with renowned bassist Joëlle Léandre.

PROGRAM (1PM CONCERT)

Oliver Schneller – Clair/Obscur (2005-2006) for ensemble and 6-channel surround-sound electronics

Gustav Mahler – selections from Rückert Lieder (22 minutes) for voice and piano
Sharon Harms, soprano

Gerhard Krammer – selections from Rückert Lieder (14 minutes) for voice and piano
​PROGRAM (7:30PM CONCERT)

Oliver Schneller – Clair/Obscur (2005-2006) for ensemble and 6-channel surround-sound electronics

Gerhard Krammer – selections from Rückert Lieder for voice and piano

~intermission~

Elisabeth Harnik – inspiring the inspired for one improvising performer and audience participation (2018) WORLD PREMIERE
Elisabeth Harnik, piano