New Music Festival 2014

2013 New Music Festival Program

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Event Schedule

New Music Festival 2014

Guest composer Bent Sørensen

Faculty Chamber Music
Wednesday, November 5 • 8:00 pm • Comstock Hall

Electronic and Improvised Music
Thursday, November 6 • 8:00 pm • Rauch Planetarium

New Music Ensemble & Louisville Orchestra
Friday, November 7 • 8:00 pm • Comstock Hall

Wind Ensemble
Saturday, November 8 • 8:00 pm • Comstock Hall

Collegiate Chorale, Cardinal Singers
Sunday, November 9 • 7:30 • Comstock Hall

New Music Festival Postlude - Illinois Modern Ensemble
Polish Music, the Open Boarders Generation
Friday, November 14 • 8:00 pm • Comstock Hall

Other New Music Festival events and presentations:

Wednesday, November 5

9:00-10:20 am
Cezary Duchnowski will present a lecture
at the Computer Music Class (LL26)

2:00-3:20 pm
Pawel Hendrich will present a lecture
at the Computer Music Class (LL26)

3:00-4:00 pm
Piano masterclass with Katrine Gisligne (MB262)

4:00-5:30 pm
Composition Seminar with Bent Sørensen (MB125)

Thursday, November 6

Bent Sørensen, Convocation Lecture (Comstock Hall)

Friday, November 7

9:30-10:30 am
Composition Seminar with Pawel Hendrich (MB130)

11:00-12:00 am
Composition Seminar with Agata Zubel (MB130)

2:00-3:00 pm
Contemporary Vocal Techniques with Agata Zubel (MB130)

Friday, November 14

10:00-11:00 am
Composition Seminar with Cezary Duchnowski (MB130)

Bent Sørensen

Bent Sørensen
Bent Sørensen
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Bent Sørensen’s Biography

”It reminds me of something I’ve never heard.” Such was the spontaneous reaction of the Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim upon hearing a work by Bent Sørensen. And it is not easy to imagine a more strangely to-the-point description of the ambiguous, almost paradoxical expressive idiom of this unique composer, who is without doubt the leading Danish composer of his generation.

Sørensen’s music is not recycled; in no way does it rely on the yellowing pages of history for its musical nourishment. His musical language is undeniably of the present day, both aesthetically and technically. The music does, however, appear to be pervaded with memories, wisdom of experience and old dreams, of the inevitability of transitoriness and parting. It is a flickering, glittering world where things seem to disappear at the slightest touch.

Bent Sørensen was born in 1958, and received his musical education from, amongst others, Per Nørgård and Ib Nørholm. His originality, imagination and technical abilities were praised long before his major breakthrough in the mid-80s. And the first string quartet Alman (1984) along with the other three quartets, Adieu (1986), Angels’ Music (1988), and Schrie und Melancholie (1994), are still considered among Sørensen’s most important works.

The vastly productive 1990s were dominated by large-scale orchestral works. The major vocal works The Echoing Garden (1992) for soloists, choir and orchestra unfolds as wandering weightless melodies in an echo chamber of many different simultaneous tempi. The violin concerto Sterbende Gärten (1993) – a concerto in the grand tradition, dramatic, graceful, and wild; the Symphony (1996); and the piano concerto La Notte (1998) are surrounded by several major ensemble pieces scored for a variety of forces; for instance, the enchanting concerto Birds and Bells for trombone and 14 instruments (1995) written for Christian Lindberg.

Danish playwright Peter Asmussen was so taken by the coexistence of the past and the present in Sørensen’s violin concerto that the two artists decided to work together on an opera commission from the Royal Danish Theatre. After five years intense work and collaboration the composer completed Under the Sky in April 2003. Bent Sørensen and Peter Asmussen have since continued to collaborate on the work Sounds Like You (2008) for actors and symphony orchestra, which premiered at the opening of the Bergen International Festival in 2009.

In the new millennium, Bent Sørensen’s music has gained tremendous international recognition, partly due to the perennial cooperation with the Bergen International Festival resulting in the orchestral work Exit Music (2007) and the symphonic play Sounds Like You (2008). However, in addition, the second piano concerto La Mattina (2009) written for pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, not to mention Tunnels de Lumiére (2010) written for French Ensemble Intercontemporain, have helped spark an international appetite for Sørensen’s works.

Bent Sørensen received the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1996 for the violin concerto Sterbende Gärten and in 1999 he received the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize.

Bent Sørensen is composer-in-residence at the Danish ensemble Scenatet and held that same title at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK in 2011.

Guest Artist Biographies

Cezary Duchnowski (born in 1971 in Elblijg, Poland) is a composer, pianist, performer and lecturer. He studied composition with Leszek Wistocki at the Music Academy in Wroclaw, where he now teaches computer music. He was one of the founders of the Computer Music Studio at the academy. His focus is on electroacoustic and improvised music. He and Agata Zubel create music for voice and computer as the ElettroVoce Duo. Along with Pawel Hendrich and Slawomir Kupczak, they founded Phonos ek Mechanes, which creates ‘human electronics’ in which computers are controlled by acoustic instruments. He is also a co-founder with Marcin Rupocinski of the interdisciplinary Morphai group. His compositions have been featured at many festivals, including Bourges, Warsaw Autumn, and Musica Polonica Nova, and performed by musicians and ensembles such as the Hilliard Ensemble, AUKSO, and the Tech-No Orchestra. His Monad 3 for voice, piano and computer (2003) received First Prize at the 10th International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music in Rome in May 2004. In 2005 he and Agata Zubel received the Special Award at the Gaudeamus International Contemporary Music Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam.

The Danish pianist Katrine Gislinge has, over the last two decades, established herselfas one of Scandinavia’s most significant pianists, performing both solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe. Katrine was educated at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory under Anne Øland, and she performed her debut concert in 1992. She has performed at many festivals, including Lockenhaus, Austria, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, France, Cervantino Festiva, Mexico, Bergen Festival, Germany, and London City Festival, United Kingdom. She has also played in several radio and TV programs and has been a judge at numerous piano competitions.

Pawel Hendrich (born in 1979 in Wroclaw, Poland) studied composition with Grazyna Pstrokonska-Nawratil at the Music Academy in Wroclaw, he continued his studies under York Höller at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He has won several awards and scholarships. In 2007 he won a space on a four-year composition program run by the European Krzysztof Penderecki Music Centre. The works of Pawel Hendrich have been performed at such festivals as Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova in Wroclaw, and Susa Festival in Naestved (Denmark). He has been commissioned by Deutschlandfunk, Ensemble Modern, Warsaw Autumn Festival, The Municipality of Wroclaw, and ZAiKS Polish Authors’ Association, among others. For several years now, he has been composing in the Max/MSP environment and performing live electroacoustic music. He is a member of the Nodion group along with Elzbieta Wolenska and Michal Sicinski.

Agata Zubel (born in 1978 in Wroclaw, Poland) is an award-winning composer and vocalist. She graduated with honors from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music where she studied composition with Jan Wichrowski and voice with Danuta Paziuk-Zipser. In 2004 she received her PhD in music. She has performed at prestigious venues and festivals of contemporary music around the world. Her repertoire is broad, ranging from Caccini and Vivaldi to works by Berg, Copland, Schnittke, Schoenberg and Sciarrino as well as contemporary Polish composers. She has received numerous awards for her compositions, including the top award at the 60th UNESCO International Composers’ Rostrum in May 2013 for Not!, which also received the “Polonica Nova” prize in 2014. She works with such distinguished ensembles as the Klangforum Wien, the London Sinfonietta, the Seattle Chamber Players and others. She received commissions from Deutsche Welle, the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, among others.

2014 New Music Festival Program

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2014 New Music Festival

Danish composer Bent Sørensen will be guest composer at the 2014 University of Louisville New Music Festival, Nov. 5 ‒ 9.

Danish pianist Katrine Gislinge will perform Sørensen’s Pantomime - Papillons together with the University Symphony Orchestra and will premiere Nocturns for piano and wind ensemble during the festival week. The choirs will perform a large selection of Sørensen’s music on Sunday, Nov 9.

Polish composers and performers Agata Zubel, Cezary Duchnowski and Pawel Hendrich will also be festival guests. They will perform at the Chamber Music concert and Computer Music concert. Besides taking part in nightly concerts, the festival guests will present master classes and lectures throughout the week.

Unless otherwise noted, concerts start at 8 p.m. and are in Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music. Admission is free and events are open to the public.

  • Nov. 5: Faculty Chamber Music including Sørensen’s wind ensemble piece Trotto and Agata Zubel’s Cascando performed by the composer herself.
  • Nov. 6: Electronic and Improvised Music - Zubel, Duchnowski and Hendrich will perform various composed and improvised works for voice, piano, electric guitar and electronics. Concert will be held at Rauch Planetarium.
  • Nov. 7: The University New Music Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will feature works by Sørensen and Lutoslawski.
  • Nov. 8: The University Wind Ensemble with pianist Katrine Gislinge will premiere Sørensen’s Nocturnes.
  • Nov. 9: University Choirs will perform Sørensen’s Fragments of Requiem, among other pieces. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 14: New Music Festival Postlude - a special event featuring the Illinois Modern Ensemble, conducted by Stephen Andrew Taylor, performing works by Agata Zubel, Cezary Duchnowski, Pawel Hendrich, Ewa Trebacz and festival director Krzysztof Wolek.

For more information, contact Krzysztof Wolek 502-852-7879.

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The concerts of Agata Zubel, Cazary Duchnowski and Pawel Hendrich are presented by the University of Louisville New Music Festival in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute under its flagship brand Media partnership provided by Louisville Public Media.