ÉVÉNEMENT – CONTINUUM, music in continuyty



02 July to 30 July 2015

MACBA – Musée d’art contemporain de Barcelone

« Rave Synthesis Approximations Of György Ligeti’s Continuum » (Sound Proof, 2011).

Continuum is a concert cycle that brings continuity to outstanding pieces of the twentieth century repertoire with different forms of contemporary music. Each session of the cycle consists of a musical continuum without breaks structured around a trans-stylistic and trans-historical dialogue. The opening-up of musical languages and methodologies and their interpenetration are central to the concept of the project. Also, in some cases, traditional instruments will be combined with other types of audio devices, technological or otherwise. The programme consists of five concerts, each featuring one instrument as protagonist, and is presented as a series of experiments that escape any attempt at mapping musical creation by assigning labels.

Concert cycle curated by Arnau Horta.


During July the Experience MACBA programme sees a change of rhythm, offering a special music programme every Thursday at 7.30 pm.

FROM 2 TO 30 JULY 2015

Every Thursday at 7.30 pm
Venue: Atrium.

Thursday, 2 July
EVOL – Continuum, expanded (2011–)
Variations for electronics based on Continuum (1968) by György Ligeti.
Roc Jiménez de Cisneros (electronics)

The first of five concerts (Thursday 2 July) will consist of a series of electronic variations onContinuum by György Ligeti performed by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros. These variations are a sample of the extensive work of reinterpretation of the famous composition for harpsichord that Roc Jiménez de Cisneros and Stephen Sharp have been producing since 2011 through the release of cassettes on various labels.

Thursday, 9 July
Enric Monfort (percussion and electronics)
Iannis Xenakis – Rebonds (1987–89)
Louis Aguirre – Orun a Elegguá (2015)
David Lang – Anvil Chorus (1991)
Enric Monfort – Bottle Battle (2012)
Morton Feldman – King of Denmark (1964)
Louis Aguirre – Oba Kosso (2004–15) New version with electronics (première)

On Thursday, 9 July, Enric Monfort, solo percussionist and member of several national and international groups, will perform a repertoire including compositions by Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, David Lang, Louis Aguirre and Enric Monfort.

Thursday, 16 July
Erica Wise (cello and electronics)
György Ligeti – Sonata for Solo Cello (1953)
Morton Feldman – Projection 1 (1950)
Kaija Saariaho – Sept Papillons (2000)
Tristan Perich – Formations (2011) national première of the piece.

On Thursday, 16 July, cellist Erica Wise, a member of Experimental Funktion, an instrumental group specialising in contemporary music, will give continuity to the music of György Ligeti, Morton Feldman, Kaija Saariaho and Tristan Perich.

Thursday, 23 July
John Tilbury (piano)
John Tilbury / Samuel Beckett
Cascando (2004–5)
Frederic Mompou
Música callada (Angelico) (1951)
Impresiones íntimas. Secreto (1911–14)
Impresiones íntimas. Pájaro Triste (1911–14)
Howard Skempton
Toccata (in memory of Morton Feldman) 1987
Of Late (in memory of John Cage) 1992
Una barcarola eccentrica (for Dave Smith) (1989)
The Durham Strike (1985)
Dave Smith
Zytnia (2000)
Stuck with Robert (2004)
Terry Jennings
Piano Piece (1958)
Piano Piece #2. Winter Sun (1966)

On Thursday, 23 July, the pianist John Tilbury, renowned interpreter of the repertoire of the New York School and member of the legendary free-improvisation group AMM, will play his own music along with music by Frederic Mompou, Howard Skempton, Dave Smith and Terry Jennings.

Thursday, 30 July
Ferran Fages (acoustic guitar and sine waves)
Ferran Fages What might occur. (Rereading of Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories for acoustic guitar and sine waves.) (2015) (première)

On Thursday, 30 July, Ferran Fages will close the programme with the première of the composition What might occur, a rereading for acoustic guitar and sine waves of Morton Feldman’s composition Triadic Memories (1981).

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