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Ensemble intercontemporain | IRCAM – Centre Pompidou | Matthias Pintscher


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12.08.-11.09. 2016







    KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

    Modern 1

    Ensemble intercontemporain | IRCAM – Centre Pompidou | Matthias Pintscher

    IRCAM – Centre Pompidou  Computer Music Designer
    Gilbert Nouno  Computer Music Designer/IRCAM
    Sylvain Cadars  Sound Engineer/IRCAM
    Markus Noisternig  Scientific Consultant and Computer Music Designer/IRCAM
    Olga Neuwirth (*1968)
    Le Encantadas o le avventure nel mare delle meraviglie for six ensemble groups partitioned across the performance space, samples, and live electronics
    Swiss premiere | commissioned by LUCERNE FESTIVAL,
    SWR/Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM – Centre Pompidou, and Wien Modern

    How does space become sound? That’s the question composer-in-residence Olga Neuwirth investigates in her large ensemble work Le Encantadas, which she completed last year – and which superimposes two entirely different island worlds. On the one hand these involve the Galapagos, the “enchanted islands” as Herman Melville describes them in his series of sketches The Encantadas depicting an antediluvian wasteland of lava rock populated only by prehistoric reptiles. On the other hand it involves the lagoon city of Venice, where Neuwirth has lived for several years. More precisely: the Venetian Church of San Lorenzo, where she attended the 1984 world premiere of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo and whose specific acoustics (including its unique reverberation) she has reconstructed using electronic means. “The listener is led over the course of 70 minutes through a labyrinth of real and fictitious outdoor spaces, interiors, varied (sonic-)island worlds, and acoustic and manipulated phenomena,” says Neuwirth of her “fictional space-time journey.”

    Ensemble intercontemporain

    Founded in 1976 by Pierre Boulez with support from the French Minister of Culture at the time, Michel Guy, the Ensemble intercontemporain consists of 31 soloists who are dedicated exclusively to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. As part of this mission, they work in close collaboration with composers to explore new instrumental techniques and additionally realize cross-disciplinary and cross-genre projects, such as those in cooperation with IRCAM in Paris. Following Boulez, who was the director until 1978, Peter Eötvös headed the ensemble for twelve years; he was succeeded by David Robertson (1992–99), Jonathan Nott (2000–05), and Susanna Mälkki (2006–13). Since September 2013 the composer Matthias Pintscher has served as Music Director. Every year the Ensemble intercontemporain commissions new works, gives world premieres, and is moreover active in the area of youth work and continuing education – through children’s concerts; workshops for students; and courses for instrumentalists, conductors, and composers. It is also involved with projects aimed at introducing a wide audience to contemporary music. The Ensemble, which performs throughout France and at the leading international festivals and concert series for contemporary music, makes its home in the new Philharmonie de Paris. Since 2003 its members have taught at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. The Ensemble intercontemporain is supported financially by the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and by the City of Paris.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1985 with Pierre Boulez in works by Holliger and Boulez.

    August 2015

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    IRCAM – Centre Pompidou

    IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), which Pierre Boulez founded in 1970 and which has been headquartered since 1977 in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, devotes itself to the creation of contemporary music and scientific research. Today the Institute, which since January 2006 has been led by Frank Madlener, employs more than 150 staff members in the areas of artistic creation, research, and education. IRCAM provides a forum for international composers in residence who can avail themselves of the excellent conditions for creative work there. These include technological innovations in the area of music and sound. New ideas in acoustics, signal processing, and computer sciences (interfaces, data bases, and programming languages) are developed at IRCAM; in addition, research projects in the science, analysis, and perception of music are also part of this endeavor. The resulting discoveries are shared with students as well as with a non-professional public in regular courses and workshops, with an ongoing effort to bring composers and researchers together. A master’s degree in acoustics and computer science applied to music is offered in partnership with the University of Paris. IRCAM’s diverse activities are reflected in its annual concert season and in the Agora Festival, in conjunction with which the most recent creative output and developments are presented. Thanks to its numerous commissions, IRCAM also supports young composers and initiates interdisciplinary projects that link music, dance, video, theater, and film. In addition to producing the technical components for computer music and works with live electronics, IRCAM’s staff members are also involved in performing and implementing ambitious scores around the world, as for example this summer as they participate again in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

    August 2012

    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been closely associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he regards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: premieres of his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier were given by the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra National de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher commands a wide repertoire, with a special focus on works of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has conducted such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he is artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Pintscher began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris, with which he undertook an Asian tour in the 2016-17 season. He was composer-in-residence and artist-in-focus at the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie for its inaugural season. This position included a performance with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, as well as the world premiere of his latest work, Shirim, with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel.

    August 2017

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    10.00 | Concert introduction and book presentation O Melville! by Olga Neuwirth | Auditorium

    Broadcast date
    Radio SRF 2 Kultur | Broadcast on Wednesday, 24 August at 9 pm.