tags: Talea Ensemble

Incomparable Contrivances

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

MATA closes its festival with Talea Ensemble in an evening of percussion-rich works that explore technology, machines, and resonances. Dan VanHassel’s Ghost in the Machine, gives voice to the natural by dismantling the apparatus of logic and allowing percussion to sound without performers. Irish composer Ann Cleare’s new MATA-Commissioned percussion mini-concerto, explores the resonant qualities of a handmade sculpture. Monoliths are made audible in the sonic walls of Sam Pluta’s three-percussion concerto in binary: Machine Language, and curves sound in Davor-Branimir Vincze’s shape-shifting Inflection Point with its surprising midpoint. From Israel comes Ofir Klemperer’s A Love Song: a punk-inspired challenge to the limitations of instrumental sound. Finally, Matthias Kranebitter’s packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) attempts to make a pangram audible.

Dan VanHassel (USA): Ghost in the Machine (2013), NYP
Davor Branimir Vincze (Croatia): Inflection Point (2011-13), AP
Matthias Kranebitter (Austria): packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) (2013), NYP
Ofir Klemperer (Israel): A Love Song (2007) AP
Ann Cleare (Ireland): TBD (2015), WP – Festival Commission

Incomparable Contrivances

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

MATA closes its festival with Talea Ensemble in an evening of percussion-rich works that explore technology, machines, and resonances. Dan VanHassel’s Ghost in the Machine, gives voice to the natural by dismantling the apparatus of logic and allowing percussion to sound without performers. Irish composer Ann Cleare’s new MATA-Commissioned percussion mini-concerto, explores the resonant qualities of a handmade sculpture. Monoliths are made audible in the sonic walls of Sam Pluta’s three-percussion concerto in binary: Machine Language, and curves sound in Davor Branimir Vincze’s shape-shifting Inflection Point with its surprising midpoint. From Israel comes Ofir Klemperer’s A Love Song: a punk-inspired challenge to the limitations of instrumental sound. Finally, Matthias Kranebitter’s packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) attempts to make a pangram audible.

Dan VanHassel (USA): Ghost in the Machine (2013), NYP
Sam Pluta (USA): Machine Language (2012)
Davor Branimir Vincze (Croatia): Inflection Point (2011-13), AP
Matthias Kranebitter (Austria): packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) (2013), NYP
Ofir Klemperer (Israel): A Love Song (2007) AP
Ann Cleare (Ireland): TBD (2015), WP – Festival Commission

Tickets Available Here

Lives in Miniature

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Ekmeles

MATA’s third concert brings together two powerhouses of the New York new music scene: the incredible Talea ensemble is joined by the “virtuousically adventurous” vocal ensemble Ekmeles in an evening of lives. The UK’s Martin Iddon gives us the sounds of his Hamadryads for vocal ensemble and tuned glasses – the haunting lamentations of tree-bound nymphs inspired by Greek mythology and Josquin. MATA’s own Todd Tarantino’s Cap Malheureux for soprano (Charlotte Dobbs) and large ensemble is a tragedy that asks how one can describe a life; while Clara Iannotta (Italy) asks the same of sound in her microcosmic concerto for cello Clangs; Chris Gross is the soloist. Josep Sanz (Spain) in his King Lear: Act IV Scene 6 distills a scene from Shakespeare’s tale of madness into six minutes. Simon Vosecek’s (Austria – Czech Republic) Mice for video and ensemble, inspired by Czech stop-motion animation, explores madness in other ways, from the perspective of a rodent. Edward Hamel’s new work for voice (Michael Weyandt) and ensemble Approach Prune Destroy Begin – commissioned by a consortium of MATA, Holland’s Gaudeamus Festival, and the Venice Biennale, is a fitting conclusion.

Šimon Vosecek: Mice (2012)
Edward Hamel: Approach Prune Destroy Begin (2014) – MATA Commission
Clara Ianotta: Clangs (2012)
Todd Tarantino: Cap Malheureux (2012)
Martin Iddon: Harmadryads (2011)
Josep Sanz: King Lear: Act IV Scene 6 (2009)

Friday, April 18
8:00 pmTags
The Kitchen
512 West 19th St.

$20 adults / $15 students
Tickets available at: www.thekitchen.org

Talea Ensemble

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Photo by Beowulf SheehanThe Talea Ensemble has been labeled “…a crucial part the New York cultural ecosphere” by the New York Times and has given many important world and US premieres of new works by composers including Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, James Dillon, Pierluigi Billone, Hans Abrahamsen, Stefano Gervasoni, Marco Stroppa, and Fausto Romitelli. The Talea Ensemble has performed at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Wien Modern, Contempuls, Spectrum XXI Festival, Nevada Encounters of New Music (NEON), La Ciudad de las Ideas (Mexico), Art Summit Indonesia (Jakarta), and the International Contemporary Music Festival of Lima, Peru. Radio broadcasts of performances have been heard on ORF (Austria), HRF (Germany), and WQXR’s Q2.  As an active collaborator of new music Talea has joined forces with the Austrian Cultural Forum, Consulate General of Denmark, Korean Cultural Service NY, Italian Cultural Institute, and the Ukrainian Institute.  Assuming an ongoing role in supporting and collaborating with student composers, Talea has served as ensemble in residence at Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Ithaca College, Cornell University and New York University. Talea has recorded works on the Living Artists Label, Gravina Musica, Tzadik, and a forthcoming release on New World Records. Recently commissioned composers include Anthony Cheung, Christopher Trapani, and Georges Aperghis.  For more information, please visit www.taleaensemble.org