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Cloud Polyphonies at Darmstadt

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Monday, 8 August 2016 | 16:00 | Edith-Stein-Schule

James Wood: Cloud-Polyphonies (2011)
Georges Aperghis: Zig Bang
François Sarhan: Situations
Francesco Filidei: per tre o sei interpreti (2005-06) 
Marko Ciciliani: Black Horizon (2009)
Simon Løffler: c (2013)
Klaus Lang: the moon in a moonless sky. (two.) (2007)


Participants of the percussion classes of Christian Dierstein and Håkon Stene


“Percussion music is the contemporary shift from a piano-based music to a pan-sonic music of the future. For the composer of percussion music, every sound is acceptable; he explores the academically forbidden field of ‘non-musical’ sounds, as far as manually possible.”
John Cage, 1937


What John Cage predicted in 1937 has become a reality: in the 20th century, percussion instruments began a series of triumphs that still seems to be in progress. Diverse percussion instruments have become a natural part of contemporary orchestral forces, and percussion is a prominent solo and chamber music instrument as well as a fixed part of many specialist New Music ensembles. The increased importance of percussion can also be seen, of course, at the Darmstadt Summer Course; there have long been two percussion tutors in Darmstadt, in fact, and this year they will be teaching 24 students. In their workshop concert, the tutors Christian Dierstein and Håkon Stene will, together with their participants, be presenting an enormous range of the many things percussion can be today. The central feature will be James Wood’s roughly 30-minute percussion sextet Cloud-Polyphonies. In the surrounding rooms of the Edith-Stein-Schule the audience will experience music for smaller forces, including works by Georges Aperghis (Zig Bang), Klaus Lang (the moon in a moonless sky), Francesco Filidei (per tre o sei interpreti), Marko Ciciliani (Black Horizon for four percussionists and two electric guitars laid flat), body percussion pieces by François Sarhan (Situations), and Simon Løffler’s (c) will explore how one listens to music through one’s teeth.

Earlier Event: July 29
Darmstadt Music Festival
Later Event: August 10
Luigi Nono Celebration

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