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|alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto honor Mannheim|
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the city of Mannheim, Germany, and at the invitation of the city's officials, alva noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto have developed - together with the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt - a concept for a concert based on both a musical and visual performance, inspired by the innovations of the Mannheimer Schule of about 1750.
In planning the performance, alva noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto focussed on a transition from the horizontal to a more vertical oriented structure of composition, along with the expansion of dynamic steps. The concept was influenced by the city of Mannheim's grid pattern and symmetric structure.
The result of the cooperation is - as in former projects of alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto - vrioon (2002), insen and revep (both 2005) - a synergetic mixture/blend of electronic sounds and the tone of classical instruments, which are intensified by the full sound of the Ensemble Modern. The title of the new composition, utp_, hints at a basically open concept, which leaves space for extensive associations.
utp_ is a composition on the musical as well as visual level. Lasting 72 minutes, the piece will have its premier performance by alva noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and eleven members of the Ensemble Modern on November 16th at Stadt Mannheim.
Following the concert, DJs Move D and Dixon will perform in the Oberes Foyer of the National Theater. Move D regularly excites members of Mannheim's club scene with his sophisticated Techno-Sets, while Dixon has earned international approval for German house with his deep House Tunes. New electronic music at its finest will provide for a most successful completion of the evening.
Goetheplatz: Di. - Fr., 11 - 18 Uhr; Mo./Sa. 11 - 13 Uhr,
on the day of performance 18 - 20 Uhr
By phone: Di. - Fr. 9 - 20 Uhr, Mo./Sa. 9 - 16 Uhr
Tel. 0621 1680 150
e-mail: email@example.com or www.nationaltheater.de
Prices range between 10,- and 57,- Euro
For the party:
5,- Euro (available only at the boxoffice)
Free entry for the audience of the Nationaltheater.
|Chain Music Update Available|
The second movement of Sakamoto's chain music project has been updated with a contribution from Yannis Kyriakides.
Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969 and in 1975 emigrated with his family to Britain. After travelling for a year with his violin in the near east, learning traditional music, he returned to England to study musicology at York University, later being drawn by the music of Louis Andriessen to move to The Netherlands, with whom he studied under at the Hague Conservatory.
As a composer he strives to create new forms and hybrids of media, synthesizing disparate sound sources and exploring spatial and temporal experience. He has focused in the majority of his work on ways of combining traditional performance practices with digital media.
Together with Andy Moor and Isabelle Vigier he founded and runs the CD label for innovative new electronic music, UNSOUNDS. He is artistic director of Ensemble MAE, and is a member of the composition faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.
Check out chain music - ii here.
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