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Argento & Friends

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Thursday, April 22
LPR Main Space
7:30pm
FREE EVENT

Argento Chamber Ensemble

Michelle LouWeeds, Grass, Rock, Slope [2009-10]
Ryan Beppel – Receptive Asphasia [2010] (NY Premiere)
Winner of New Voices project, Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum. (Selected in collaboration between MATA, Argento, and ACF Philadelphia)
Alexander SigmanMi(e)s(e)-En-AbîMe II [2007] (World Premiere)

INTERMISSION

Brahim KerkourProcession in remembrance from Two Modules for sketches of miniatures [2010] (World Premiere)
Erin Lesser, alto flute; Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet
Lorenzo TomioGiorni smègi e lombidiosi [2010] (World Premiere)
David Crowell, tenor saxophone; Nathan Koci, accordion; James Moore, guitar; Jody Redhage, cello
Fillippo PeroccoVeglia [2010] (World Premiere)
Livia Rado, voice; Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jody Redhage, cello; Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet; Tim Albright, trombone; David Crowell, tenor saxophone; Joanna Chao, piano; Nathan Koci, accordion; James Moore, guitar

Note from AD Chris McIntyre:
This concert was originally scheduled to present the US Debut of the Italian ensemble L’Arsenale performing works by composing members of the group and a collaboration with members of Argento on Filippo Perocco’s Veliga (the group’s Director). Unfortunately, four of the six members were unable to attend the Festival because of dangerous flight conditions caused by volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland. MATA was forced to cancel works by Nicola Buso and Stefano Tervisi, but we were able to to hire stellar local players to perform Lorenzo Tomio’s work and to collaborate with Argento on the Perocco. Also, Argento graciously agreed to present the World Premiere of Brahim Kerkour’s work on very short notice. While we were all disappointed by L’Arsenale’s absence, the event was presented successfully and in their honor.

Argento Chamber Ensemble

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

www.argentomusic.org

The Argento Chamber Ensemble is the performance arm of the Argento New Music Project. Consisting of nine dedicated members, the ensemble regularly expands to perform and record chamber orchestra works of up to thirty musicians, and has established a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances.

The Ensemble has toured widely in the US and abroad in festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Festival of Spectral Music in Istanbul, Turkey, the American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York, Sounds French Festival in New York, The Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, and the International Festival of Electro-acoustic music, Shanghai. Tours to Asia and the Middle East included collaborations with non-Western musicians such as singer Kani Karaça.

The group has worked closely with leading composers such as Pierre Boulez, Tania Leon, Tristan Murail, Elliott Carter, Philippe Hurel, Gerard Pesson, Joshua Fineberg, and Philippe Leroux, and has collaborated with younger emerging composers internationally and at leading universities such as Columbia, Princeton, and Stonybrook.

The Ensemble’s first recording, featuring the music of Tristan Murail, was released in January of 2007 on the AEON label with distribution through Harmonia Mundi. The recording immediately received critical acclaim worldwide. Recordings of Philippe Hurel and Alexandre Lunsqui are slated for release in the 2008–2009 season. The ensemble has also recorded surround sound installation works, and has produced a complete video and audio recording of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire for online education.

Argento’s reputation has been the result of its long history as a chamber ensemble since 2000, demanding technical preparation, and a probing interpretive commitment to the music.