Jessie Cox © jessiecoxmusic.com
Jessie Cox © jessiecoxmusic.com
Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Mariano Chiacchiarini
“From Darkness to Light”
Does music sound different in the dark? Naturally, for we are not distracted by any visual stimuli from listening. At the same time, we are completely dependent on our ears and cannot use our eyes to assign the sounds to individual musicians or associate them with particular gestures. This is exactly the right performance situation for the music of American composer Pauline Oliveros, who died in 2016, for her goal was “deep listening”: an intensive, active listening that also includes the sound of the environment. “Listening is not the same as hearing and hearing is not the same as listening,” was Oliveros’s credo. Musicians of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) will present one of her text-based “Sonic Meditations,” conceived as spatial music, and combine it with haunting excursions into sound by Luis Fernando Amaya and José-Luis Hurtado. We can also look forward to a world premiere by the Swiss composer and percussionist Jessie Cox, who was born in Biel and now lives in New York.
Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)
With the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra — LFCO for short — Lucerne Festival has launched a new orchestra this year: 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 are 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 performance 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, as well as at Lucerne Festival Forward in November — and, of course, at guest performances all over the world. In its first summer, the LFCO collaborates with conductors Heinz Holliger, Lin Liao, Johanna Malangré, and Ilan Volkov, presenting music by composers ranging from Stravinsky and Webern to Boulez and Xenakis, as well as premieres by Amarouch, Colţea, Milenko, Vaughan, and composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders. The musicians will join Patricia Kopatchinskaja to perform the staged concert Bye-Bye Beethoven. They will also participate in performances of Kagel’s Staatstheater at the Luzerner Theater.
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Mariano Chiacchiarini © Arnaldo Colombaroli
Mariano Chiacchiarini, who was born in 1982, studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Universidad Católica Argentina in his native Buenos Aires and then continued his training as a conductor with Michael Luig at the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and took first prize at the Martini Conductors’ Competition of the Teatro Colón in 2008. He has led the Ensemble Garage, which is based in Cologne, since 2009 and the Orchester ’91 in Hamburg since 2011. In 2010 he started his tenure as Music Director of the University of Trier. Since 2014 he has been one of the regular guest conductors of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina. He has had master classes and assistant positions with such figures as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Iván Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Zinman. Chiacchiarini has worked with such acclaimed ensembles as Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Russian State Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchester Köln, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, and has appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Young Euro Classics and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Teatro Colón, and Opéra national de Paris. He has also appeared at Lucerne Festival on several occasions, conducting the orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy both in Lucerne and on tour in Switzerland and Germany -- as in the project The Big Wig by the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer, 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.