Late Night 1

Mivos Quartet | Saul Williams | Thomas Kessler

Kessler | Williams

Sat, 19723

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019



    Mivos Quartet:  Olivia de Prato, violin | Maya Bennardo, violin | Victor Lowrie Tafoya, viola | Tyler J. Borden, cello
    Saul Williams  speaker
    Thomas Kessler  sound design
    Thomas Kessler (*1937)
    String quartet with live electronics
    Saul Williams (*1972)
    Solo performance
    Thomas Kessler (*1937)
    NGH WHT for speaker and string quartet

    At the beginning of the new millennium, when he was in his mid-60s, composer-in-residence Thomas Kessler dared to try something completely new: he fused rap and contemporary music. The starting point was his encounter with the U.S. poet Saul Williams, one of the founding fathers of the spoken-word movement. NGH WHT is their second collaboration. Kessler chose an unconventional way in which to set Williams’s text, which the poet describes as “a piece that speaks to the origins of hip hop, the essence of resistance.” Kessler “translated” Williams’s speech staccato directly into music: “The string quartet follows its breathless recitation like a synchronous track,” explains the composer, “at a tempo at which it would be very difficult to read the text.” The American Mivos Quartet will open this Late Night concert with Kessler’s String Quartet from 2013. All four musicians will be equipped with a live-electronic setup, allowing them to control their own sound via laptop. In parts, they sound like “four large symphony orchestras that are not on the stage but actually right there, filling up the space.”

    With the friendly support of: 
    Fondation Suisa
    Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

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