New Music on the Cutting Edge

2015-16 Concert Season

Murail in New York : Spectralism in America

Concert I: The Bronze Age

Hosted by the Classical Interludes Series at the Brooklyn Public Library
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 4:00 PM
Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn [map]
Subway: 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza ; Q to 7 Av
Admission free (ticket required)

At the peak of his artistic creativity from 1997 to 2010, Tristan Murail lived and worked in the center of American musical culture, New York City. As one of the most prominent living French composers, his legacy resulted in a cross pollination with young emerging American artists yielding a unique hybrid of new music subculture. (Argento was formed as a result of close collaboration between Murail and a group of ambitious young virtuosi.)

Since his departure, Murail’s New York following has been eager to hear spectral music performed in a chamber ensemble setting, and, in particular, for Argento to perform this repertoire. The most common request Argento receives is, “When will we hear you play Murail again?”

In conjunction with the French American Cultural Exchange and the Brooklyn Public Library, this first concert of a two-part series features the music of Tristan Murail alongside works of three of his American students who have built on and extended his work in powerful new directions.

Program

Tristan Murail - The Bronze Age (2012) for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello and piano
 World premiere performed by Argento in 2012

Huck Hodge - Phantasie (2006) for amplified cello

Oliver Schneller - Alice Blue (2013) for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, cello, piano and vibraphone

Bert Van Herck - Inflections (2009) for solo viola

Bert Van Herck - Reconnected (2009) for alto flute and clarinet

Bert Van Herck - Just a note (2009) for solo piano

Oliver Schneller - Orchestrated Trio for alto flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello
 World premiere

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

  Tristan Murail Joshua Fineberg Joshua Fineberg Huck Hodge  

Murail in America is supported in part by The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music and the Brooklyn Public Library.

Composer Portrait : Beat Furrer

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8:00 PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at Boston University
850 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Monday, April 25, 2016, 7:30 PM
Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York
Subway: N/R/Q to 57 St, F to 57 St

In the announcement for the winner of the 2014 Great Austrian State Prize (Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis), the Austrian Arts Senate describes Beat Furrer's music possesses a “distinctive style, characterized by the human voice and the interrelation of sound, language and visual effects, using sophisticated texts. His original musical language, characterized by a wealth of sensitive and subtle differentiation matching his sensitivity, but in no way compromising on the original power of the message and its expression, has aroused interest in the music world from right the outset.” Argento, his long-term artistic collaborator in America, brings together three of his most celebrated works in this evening's program.

Program

Beat Furrer - linea dell’orizzonte (2012) for ensemble

Beat Furrer - Aer (1991) for clarinet, cello and piano

Beat Furrer - Still (1998) for ensemble

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor


Murail in New York : Spectralism in America

Concert II : Found Objects

Hosted by
French Institute : Alliance Française

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59 Street [map]
Subway: 4/5/6/N/R/Q to 59th St - Lexington Av ; N/R to 5 Av

At the peak of his artistic creativity from 1997 to 2010, Tristan Murail lived and worked in the center of American musical culture, New York City. As one of the most prominent living French composers, his legacy resulted in a cross pollination with young emerging American artists yielding a unique hybrid of new music subculture. (Argento was formed as a result of close collaboration between Murail and a group of ambitious young virtuosi.)

Since his departure, Murail’s New York following has been eager to hear spectral music performed in a chamber ensemble setting, and, in particular, for Argento to perform this repertoire. The most common request Argento receives is, “When will we hear you play Murail again?”

In conjunction with the French American Cultural Exchange and FIAF, this second concert of a two-part series features the music of Tristan Murail alongside works of three of his American students who have built on and extended his work in powerful new directions.

Program

Tristan Murail - Ethers (1978) for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello and piano
 U.S. premiere performed by Argento in 2004
 Recorded by Argento on award-winning album Winter Fragments

Joshua Fineberg - Facets (2005) for solo clarinet

Michel Galante - Watercolors (2003) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion

Michel Galante - Leaves of Absence (2005) for flute, clarinet, trombone and string quintet

Huck Hodge - Transfigured Etudes (2009) for piano

Joshua Fineberg - Objets trouvés (2009) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
 U.S. premiere performed by Argento in 2011

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

  Tristan Murail Joshua Fineberg Huck Hodge Michel Galante  

Murail in America is supported in part by The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music and the French Institute : Alliance Française.

Southern Exposure New Music Series

Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:30 PM
School of Music Recital Hall (Room 206), University of South Carolina
813 Assembly Street, Columbia
Pre-concert conversation at 6:00 ; educational concert at Dreher High School on Aug 27 ; masterclasses at USC on Aug 27

The concert program features ABRAXAS by rising star Jesse Jones and the world premiere of Symphony No. 10 in Two Momvements, Michel Galante's chamber ensemble version of Gustav Mahler's heartwrenching last symphony.

Michel Galante writes on Jesse Jones's ABRAXAS — “A lot of what he explores instrumental timbre. What you’ll hear is a lot of dramatic gestures, but you’ll also hear a lot of timbres that are combinations that make a rich harmonic language.” On the Mahler — “Mahler's Tenth Symphony contains Mahler’s most advanced and modern musical innovations, but more importantly to the modern ear, musically communicates complex emotions such as guilt, regret, ambivalence and jealousy. This arrangement for chamber ensemble explores the more intimate aspects of these fragments. For the newcomer to Mahler’s music, it will communicate directly to their emotions. For those familiar with Mahler’s orchestral idiom, the chamber arrangement will give the learned ear a chance to listen to its intimate orchestration and compare it to the Mahlerian sound orchestra in their heads, giving them a chance to speculate for themselves about how Mahler might have orchestrated the piece himself.”

Program Highlights

Jesse Jones - ABRAXAS (2013)

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 10 (1910)
arranged in two movements for chamber ensemble by Michel Galante (2015) world premiere

Tristan Murail - Feuilles à travers les cloches (1998)

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

  Jesse Jones Tristan Murail  

Moving Sounds® Festival - Scelsi Revisited: Haas, Murail, Scelsi

Friday, September 18, 2015, 7:00 PM
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73 Street, New York
Subway: 6 to 77 St
Admission free, reservation required (click here)

In this 7th year of artistic collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, Argento takes part in curating a festival celebration at the crossroads of classical and electronic sounds. From September 11 to 18, Moving Sounds 2015 delves into creativity, experimentation and critical thought in performances, interactive sound installations, film and video, and panel discussions.

Argento performs in the culminating concert of the festival on September 18 with violinist Hanna Hurwitz illuminating Giacinto Scelsi's Anahit coupled with spatialized responses by Tristan Murail and the U.S. premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's Introduktion und Transsonation.

Program (9/18)

Tristan Murail - C'est un jardin secret, ma sœur, ma fiancée, une source scellée, une fontaine close... (1976) for viola
Stephanie Griffin, viola

Tristan Murail - Les Ruines circulaires (1998)for clarinet and violin
Doori Na, violin, Carol McGonnell, clarinet

Tristan Murail - Feuilles à travers les cloches (1998) for flute, violin, cello and piano

Giacinto Scelsi - Tre pezzi (1965) for E-flat clarinet
Carol McGonnell, clarinet

Georg Friedrich Haas - Introduktion und Transsonation (2012) for 17 instruments and tape
U.S. premiere

Giacinto Scelsi - Anahit (1965) for violin and chamber orchestra
Hanna Hurwitz, violin

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

  Tristan Murail Georg Friedrich Haas Hanna Hurwitz Giacinto Scelsi  
 
 
Argento's 2015-16 season programming has been made possible by the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, the Fritz Reiner Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, New Music USA's Cary New Music Performance Fund, and the generosity of individual supporters. Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.