tags: L’Arsenale

Argento & Friends

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Thursday, April 22
LPR Main Space

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)


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.


Friday, April 2nd, 2010


Founded in Treviso by young musicians and composers under the artistic/musical direction of Filippo Perocco, L’Arsenale aims to bridge the divide between writing music and making music, between conceiving a sound and the gesture needed to produce that sound, between the lifetime of a sound and the space it lives and dies in. A special feature of the group is its flexibility, easily changing personnel in its keenly attentive explorations of the new work coming from young composers in the vast field of contemporary music.

From its inception, L’Arsenale has devoted much of its activity to commissions and first performances of new music. To date the group has given world premiéres to more than thirty pieces, working in close collaboration with composers such as Andrew Byrne, David Lang, Michael Gordon and Camille Roy, and thanks also to the cooperation of international organizations such as Sacem – Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique.

The ensemble’s objective is to explore the languages belonging to the world of modern and contemporary music through its extensive repertoire, which stretches from the historical avant-garde of Messiaen, Stravinsky and Schönberg to composers such as Ligeti, Berio, Stockhausen, Morton Feldman and Toru Takemitsu, and takes in the minimalism of Louis Andriessen, Terry Riley and Steve Reich, and the sound researches of Salvatore Sciarrino, Gerard Grisey, Iannis Xenakis and Giacinto Scelsi.

Collaborating with various associations, the group has taken part in numerous contemporary music festivals, such as Metaarte, cZ95 in Venice, ‘Compositori a Confronto’ in Reggio Emilia and many others.

In 2007 it performed in the 52nd Venice Biennale.

From its foundation L’Arsenale has been resident ensemble at the Teatro delle Voci, as well as collaborating with Fabio Vacchi in his composition classes at the Accademia Musicale Villa Ca’ Zenobio, both in Treviso.

In 2008 it also worked with a composition course organized by the Kairòs association and given by Riccardo Vaglini.

There are concerts programmed for the near future in collaboration with two major institutions in Rome, the Goethe Institute and the American Academy, and with the German Centre for Venetian Studies in Venice.