Concert 1

Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Mariano Chiacchiarini

Lockwood | Lewis | Lim

Sat, 20.11. | 19.30 | No. 212503

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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19.11.-21.11. 2021




    Concert 1

    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Mariano Chiacchiarini

    Markus Güdel  light design


    Annea Lockwood (*1939)
    Water and Memory for a group of 12 or more performers
    George Lewis (*1952)
    Artificial Life 2007 for large ensemble
    Liza Lim (*1966)
    Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus for ensemble

    Spontaneous music-making with changing instrumental forces instead of meticulously notated scores: in Artificial Life 2007, the American George Lewis formulates “rules of the game” for intensive group improvisation. The New Zealander Annea Lockwood also works with open-ended playing instructions. Water and Memory develops from a polyphonic humming, allowing the participants scattered around the room to have their say with personal memories, and at the end also involves the audience. Meanwhile, in Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus, the Australian Liza Lim reflects on the ecological catastrophe of our time as seen in the gigantic garbage patches in the world’s oceans: the piece depicts a wide variety of extinct materials swirling around each other, from the mating call of the extinct kauai o-o to allusions to past works and epochs.

    We welcome you in the KKL Luzern lobby 20 minutes before the concert starts with a performance of Winnie Huang's TICK TOCK iiiiii. Movements and sounds (without using instruments) will get you in the mood for your Festival visit as we guide you into the concert hall.

    Video Introduction:
    Annea Lockwood about her piece "Water and Memory".

    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)

    Lucerne Festival has launched a new orchestra this year with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO): an orchestra of excellence for the performance of new and contemporary music. The LFCO thus forms a counterpart to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and focuses on 20th- and 21st-century scores, from modern classics to commissioned works that will be premiered in Lucerne. The international members of the LFCO have all benefited from training at the Lucerne Festival Academy, which was initiated by Pierre Boulez and is now directed by Wolfgang Rihm. Thanks to its close ties to the Academy and its network, the LFCO is able to play a pioneering role in the interpretation of contemporary music and in the development of forward-looking concert formats. Through its projects, it exploits the possibilities of new technologies; interdisciplinary work gives rise to novel listening and concert experiences. The LFCO can be heard in numerous performances at the Lucerne Summer Festival, at Lucerne Festival Forward in November, and, of course, at guest performances all over the world. During its first summer, the LFCO collaborated with Heinz Holliger, Lin Liao, Johanna Malangré, and Enno Poppe, among others, presenting music ranging from Stravinsky and Webern to world premieres by Amarouch, Colţea, Milenko, Vaughan, and Saunders. It participated in performances of Kagel’s Staatstheater at the Luzerner Theater, created the staged concert Bye-Bye Beethoven with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and performed at Musikfest Berlin and at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in October.

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    Mariano Chiacchiarini

    Born in 1982, Mariano Chiacchiarini studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Universidad Católica Argentina in his native Buenos Aires and completed his conducting studies with distinction under Michael Luig at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and in 2008 won first prize in the Martini Conducting Competition of the Teatro Colón, among others. He has led the Cologne-based Ensemble Garage since 2009 and the Orchestra '91 in Hamburg since 2011. He has also served as music director of the University of Trier since 2010 and has been a regular guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina since 2014. Master classes and assistantships have led him to such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Iván Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Zinman. Chiacchiarini has worked with such renowned orchestras as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Russian State Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the WDR Sinfonieorchester, and the Ensemble Modern. He has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Young Euro Classics, the “Ultraschall” Festival in Berlin, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Teatro Colón, and the Opéra national de Paris. He has also appeared at Lucerne Festival on several occasions, conducting the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Lucerne as well as in guest performances in Switzerland and Germany, such as with Andreas Schaerer’s project The Big Wig, which was also released on CD in 2017. Mariano Chiacchiarini has been awarded the Echo Music Prize, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and the Premio Konex. He is a member of the advisory board of the German Music Council and was selected by soprano Barbara Hannigan for her initiative MOMENTUM: our future, now.

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    Markus Güdel

    Der Luzerner Markus Güdel, Jahrgang 1983, ist seit 2003 als freischaffender Lichtdesigner in der gesamten Schweiz tätig. Er hat mit zahlreichen Regisseuren und Dramaturgen zusammengearbeitet und die Lichtgestaltung und Technische Leitung bei Musicals, Theater-, Konzert- und Crossover-Projekten übernommen. 2003 gründete er die Lichttechnikfirma « Lichttechnik GmbH», für die er seither als Geschäftsführer und Projektleiter tätig ist. In diversen kulturellen Institutionen – u. a. Le Théâtre Emmen, Zentralschweizer Jugendsinfonieorchester ZJSO und Musical Plus – engagiert sich Markus Güdel über die Tätigkeit als Lichtdesigner hinaus als Produzent, Technischer Leiter, Vereinsvorstand oder Berater für kulturelle und technische Belange. Daneben berät und vertritt er seit Herbst 2015 als Rechtsanwalt unter dem Label «» Kulturschaffende rund um Rechtsfragen im Kulturbereich.

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