Late Night 2

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Saul Williams et al.


Sat, 24.08. | 21.00 | No. 19320

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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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

     conductor (Utopia III)

    Joachim Haas

    (SWR Experimentalstudio) sound director for Utopia III rehearsal

    conductor (… said the shotgun to the head)

    Saul Williams  speaker
    Markus Güdel  light design
    Thomas Kessler (*1937)
    Utopia III for large orchestra and multiple live electronics 
    … said the shotgun to the head for slammer, slam chorus, and orchestra 

    Introduction to Utopia III with Thomas Kessler at the beginning of the concert (in German)

    In his major orchestral piece Utopia III from 2016, Thomas Kessler subverts the usual balance of power. He makes do without having a sound engineer in charge who controls everything but instead hands responsibility for the live electronic modulation directly over to the musicians, all of whom he equips with iPads, microphones, and loudspeakers. The result is an “unprecedented total sound.” Utopia III is Kessler’s third work in which he examines this new orchestral concept, and here he extends it to spatial music: the musicians are distributed in five groups throughout the concert hall. Kessler began his collaboration with the American slam poet Saul Williams in 2003 with the piece … said the shotgun to the head: “Saul narrated by memory about half of the 30-minute text in his unmistakable style on a recording device. I derived almost the entire composition from the speech melody and rhythm of his voice, some of which I analyzed with the help of computer programs,” says Kessler. Selected Swiss slam poets will join together to form a chorus that will assist Saul Williams.

    With the friendly support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.


    In 2003, the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: an educational institution for music of the 20th and 21st centuries that is internationally unique. Each summer, highly talented young musicians from all around the world come together here for the opportunity to study in depth and then to perform contemporary scores and classics of modern music. Almost 1,200 graduates have taken part in the Academy over the past fifteen years, many of whom have attended for several summers. The German composer Wolfgang Rihm has been in charge of artistic leadership since 2016, with Matthias Pintscher serving as Principal Conductor. They are supported by internationally acclaimed performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. The orchestral and ensemble concerts for 2018 focus on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, including performances of such pieces as Inori and Gruppen; for the latter, the Academy Orchestra joins forces with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pintscher, Sir Simon Rattle, and Duncan Ward. They will give the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s new score Reading Malevich and will also present works by Kurtág, Bella, Zimmermann, Nono, and composer-in-residence Fritz Hauser. The Composer Seminar is being led for the third time this year, in which young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and other guests and rehearse them with selected LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. A Conducting Fellowship offers scholarship holders the opportunity to follow along in the Academy’s work. The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is once again participating this summer in the “Special Event Day” and appears in the “40min” series as well.

    July 2018

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    Mivos Quartet

    Das in New York beheimatete Mivos Quartet, «eines der kühnsten und wildesten Ensembles für Neue Musik in Amerika» (The Chicago Reader), wurde 2008 gegründet und hat sich der Gegenwartsmusik verschrieben. Es hat zahlreiche neue Werke in Auftrag gegeben bzw. uraufgeführt und ist bestrebt, langfristig mit Komponistinnen und Komponisten unterschiedlicher musikästhetischer Orientierung zusammenzuarbeiten, unter ihnen Sam Pluta, Mark Barden, Richard Carrick, George Lewis, Eric Wubbels, Kate So-per, Scott Wollschleger und Patrick Higgins. Das Quartett vergibt zwei Kompositionspreise: den jährlich ausgelobten «Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize», der Komponisten am Beginn ihrer Karriere unterstützen soll, sowie den «I Creation/Mivos Composition Prize» für Komponisten chinesischer Herkunft. Neben der Erweiterung des Streichquartett-Repertoires entwickeln die vier Musiker auch grenzüberschreitende Projekte, etwa in den Bereichen Multimedia oder Improvisation und in Zusammenarbeit mit Künstlern wie dem Slam-Poeten Saul Williams, den Saxophonisten Dan Blake, Ned Rothenberg und Chris Speed, dem Gitarristen Timucin Şahin und dem Trompeter Nate Wooley. Das Mivos Quartet gastierte bei renommierten Festivals wie der NY Phil Biennial, Wien Modern, den Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik, dem Düsseldorfer Asphalt Festival, dem HellHOT! New Music Festival in Hongkong und der Shanghai New Music Week, bei Música de Agora na Bahia, beim Aldeburgh Festival und bei Lo Spirito della Musica di Venezia. Überdies bietet das Mivos Quartet regelmässig Workshops an, so an zahlreichen amerikanischen Hochschulen sowie in Shanghai, Singapur, Hongkong und Istanbul. Das Quartett hat mehrere CDs und DVDs vorgelegt, darunter Reappearances (2013) und Garden of Diverging Paths (2016) sowie, gemeinsam mit Dan Blake, The Dust Moves (2016).

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    David Fulmer

    The American conductor, composer, and violinist David Fulmer, who was born in 1981, studied composition with Milton Babbitt and violin with Robert Mann at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2016 he won the Koussevitzky Award and a Guggenheim Scholarship. He has been Music Director of the Hunter Symphony since 2017. As a guest conductor, Fulmer has worked with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble intercontemporain, ASKO| Schönberg Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Elision Ensemble, Mannes American Composers Ensemble, and Sydney Modern Music Ensemble. He has performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center; was invited to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2014; and conducted the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI at the New York Philharmonic’s NY Biennial in 2016. Fulmer is also a successful composer: after the premiere of his Violin Concerto in 2010 at New York’s Lincoln Center, he was invited to present the work in Tanglewood as well as in Europe and Australia, and he has recorded it with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Matthias Pintscher. Fulmer has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, as well as from such institutions as Carnegie Hall, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the Salzburg Foundation, and he was the first American to receive the Grand Prize in the International Edvard Grieg Composer Competition.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 2 September 2018 in Stockhausen’s Inori with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

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    Ruth Reinhardt

    Ruth Reinhardt, who was born in 1988 in Saarbrücken, studied violin with Rudolf Koelman and orchestral conducting with Constantin Trinks, Johannes Schlaefli, and Ulrich Windfuhr at the Zurich University of the Arts before transferring to the Juilliard School in New York to study with Alan Gilbert; she received her master’s degree in conducting there. Master classes have led her to Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, and Paavo Järvi. Reinhardt also gained important experience at Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center (2015). She was a Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (2015-16) and an Associate Fellow in Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Program (2015-17). Reinhardt began her career as assistant conductor to Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2018 and conducted various concerts there, including the ReMix series of contemporary music. In the 2017-18 season Ruth Reinhardt was a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in the summer of 2018 she was Assistant Conductor of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where she took over to conduct Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar … on short notice. In the 2018-19 season, she made her debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Grosses Orchester Graz and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra; she will appear in the 2019-20 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Houston, and Los Angeles as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Opera productions she has conducted include Dvořák’s Rusalka and Weber’s Der Freischütz for the North Czech Opera Company and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus at Leipzig University of the Arts.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 9 September 2018, when she conducted the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar … .

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    Saul Williams

    Der Dichter, Slam-Poet, Musiker und Schauspieler Saul Williams, geboren 1972 in Newburgh/New York, studierte am Morehouse College in Atlanta und an der New Yorker Tisch School of the Arts. Internationale Aufmerksamkeit brachte ihm neben seinen Texten das von Rick Rubin produzierte Debut-Album Amethyst Rock Star (2001) ein. Seither ist Williams in mehr als 30 Ländern aufgetreten und hat Vorträge an über 300 Universitäten gehalten. Er hat im Weissen Haus und im Louvre, im New Yorker Lincoln Center, in der Londoner Queen Eliza-beth Hall und im Opernhaus Sydney, aber auch in Townships, Gemeindezentren und Gefängnissen performt und mit so unterschiedlichen Künstlern wie der Band Nine Inch Nails, der Sängerin Erykah Badu oder dem Dichter Allen Ginsberg zusammengearbeitet. Auch hat er in zahlreichen Kino- und TV-Filmen mitgewirkt, etwa in Slam (1998), ausgezeichnet in Cannes und beim Sundance Film Festival.

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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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