With Ragnhild Berstad, Klangforum Wien (Uli Fusseneger, Johannes Kalitzke and Sven Hartberger), , Emil Bernhardt, Dr Alessandra Carlotta Pellegrini (panel/workshop)
Giacinto Scelsi was very interested in foreign cultures. An early perception of the microtonal qualities of Egyptian music inspired his developing philosophy of sound, which privileged its physical vibrations and texture over classical forms of organisation. He conceived of sound as a three-dimensional prism whose innumerable planes are made visible by the work of the composer.
The Scelsi Revisited project has been developed by Klangforum Wien and the Fondazione Isabella Scelsi. Eight composers – including Tristan Murail, Georg Friedrich Haas and Ragnhild Berstad – were commissioned to write works based on Scelsi´s privately recorded improvisation tapes. This conversation will seek connections between Scelsi´s work and the new pieces, discuss technical and interpretation challenges and present Scelsi´s archives in Rome.
Follows an analysis session of Scelsi´s Anahit led by conductor/composer Johannes Kalitzke and contrabassist/ project dramaturg Uli Fusseneger.
Lunch will be served.
More information on Klangforum´s Scelsi Revisited concert at Ultima here.