New Music on the Cutting Edge

2015-16 Concert Season

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 I

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)

Claude Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)
arranged for chamber ensemble by Michel Galante (2015) world premiere

Béla Bartók - Romanian Folk Dances (1917)

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

  Jesse Jones Tristan Murail Michel Galante  

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 77th Street]
Admission free, reservation required

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 David Fulmer 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)

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

Giacinto Scelsi - Anahit (1965) for violin and chamber orchestra
David Fulmer, violin

Tristan Murail - Ma sœur (1976) for viola
Stephanie Griffin, viola

Tristan Murail - Les Ruines circulaires (1998)for clarinet and violin

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

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

  Giacinto Scelsi Georg Friedrich Haas David Fulmner Stephanie Griffin Michel Galante  

Check back for more exciting performances in the 2015-16 season.

Argento's 2015-16 season programming has been made possible by the Fritz Reiner Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and New Music USA's Cary New Music Performance Fund. 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.