This crazy hot summer is almost finished, and in a couple of days I will be leaving Berlin for a few months, heading to Boston, to attend my second year as a PhD student at Harvard University.
This past year has been quite difficult for me. I stopped composing for several months, because I felt I needed to understand the direction that my music was taking. I am now back on my feet and ready for all the amazing projects that 2016 offers me!
Since I had a break, I postponed some concerts, which means in 2016 I’ll have four world premières — a new ensemble piece commissioned by Radio France (for 2e2m), my first choir piece (for Accentus), as well as my first piano concerto (for Wilhem Latchoumia and the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain), and a string orchestra work commissioned by Musica Femina München e.V (for Münchener Kammerorchester).
Besides this, my ensemble piece Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing, written last year for the Ensemble Intercontemporain and co-commissioned by the Festival d’Automne, will be played again by LA Phil, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Klangforum Wien.
It is going to be a great, busy year, and I really hope to see some friendly faces at these concerts!
The CD of the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2014 is finally out, and it includes a recording of my piece The people here go mad. They blame the wind. performed sublimely by the Trio Catch.
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You can now listen to the recording of the première of Intent on Resurrection – Spring or Some Such Thing, performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, on October 17, at the Cité de la Musique, as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Also on the programme was Helmut Lachenmann’s Concertini. During the rehearsals, I had the chance to talk to him – we spoke about compositional crises (I told him I think it is quite important to have a crisis, everybody should have at least one, and he replied, ‘It depends what comes afterwards!’).
On October 17, the Ensemble Intercontemporain will give the first performance of Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing, at La Cité de la musique (Paris), as part of the 43rd edition of the Festival d’Automne. The concert will also include Concertini by Lachenmann and Omaggio a György Kurtág by Nono.
I spent the last six months writing this piece in the best conditions a composer could wish for! For this reason, I want to thank Joséphine Markovits and Hervé Boutry, who made this project possible, as well as the Institut Culturel Italien of Paris, for allowing me to stay one month in Paris and work closely with the musicians.
I hope to see many friendly faces at the concert!
From 7 to 14 September, I will be one of the guest composers at the Takefu International Music Festival. During the festival, I will give a talk about my music, and on 13 September Nozomi Ueda, Tomoki Tai and Junko Yamamoto will give the Japanese première of The people here go mad. They blame the wind.
I can’t wait to be in Japan for the very first time, to work with these talented musicians and discuss music with all the other composers involved!
On may 10, Trio Catch will give the first performance of The people here go mad. They blame the wind. at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Witten.
The programm also includes Vertical Time Study I, by Toshio Hosokawa. Hope to see you there!!
The concert will be broadcast live on WDR3.
On Wednesday, 20 March, Ensemblekollektiv Berlin are performing my Clangs at this year’s MaerzMusik. It is part of their first ever concert and features alongside works by Hanna Eimermacher, Ondrej Adámek, Sergej Newski, and Samir Odeh-Tamimi.
This work seems to be taking on a life of its own: there will be another chance to hear it next month at MATA in New York played by the Talea Ensemble (18 April) and in a year’s time at ECLAT as part of a prizewinners’ concert for the Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, which recently awarded Clangs second prize.
I hope to see some friendly faces at these concerts!
From February to July 2014, I am a composer in residence at the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen.
During this time I will be finishing The people here go mad. They blame the wind, a piece written for Trio Catch that will be premiered at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik in May 2014. At the same time, I will be starting my new large ensemble piece, Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing, a commission from the Festival d’Automne à Paris, which will be premiered at the Cité de la Musique, in Paris, by the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Both pieces are inspired by the poems of Irish writer Dorothy Molloy.
I am grateful to the Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen for allowing me to work in such great conditions!