Whale’s Lament is a musical journey made by earthlings entranced by the song of a Humpback Whale. As the whale starts diving it descends through layers of radioactivity, garbage old and new, ghostly fishing nets, and oil spills -- all of it punctuated by underwater explosions -- to arrive at last in the realm of mermaids, lost cities, immortal fish, and pure, deep vibrations from our blue planet. For the dive sequence I have combined music by Alvin Lucier, Sandeep Bhagwati, Luciano Berio, Alexander Alyabyev, and Béla Bartók.
"The Beach Noise" is the first installment of our new concert series, Carillon Presents. The program features solo trumpet compositions by California-based composers, performed by California-based trumpeters in the California-based heart of downtown Los Angeles. All of the pieces explore the trumpet's unique emotional and sonic possibilities, including but not limited to extreme dynamic shifts, incorporating the player's voice in a melodic setting, the contrast between noisy disintegration and heartbreaking purity, and the melting of musical notation into improvisation.
The composers comprise varied generations and include David Aguila, Mark Applebaum, Robert Erikson, Saad Haddad, Robert Henderson, Anne LeBaron, and David Rosenboom. The performers are some of the most exciting young trumpeters, both emerging and established, in the California new music scene: Nicolás Bejarano, Noah Dugan, Cameron Kalemkarian, Ethan Marks, Daniel Rosenboom, Alexandria Smith and Evan Wendell.
Music performed by Carillon Quartet with sound projection by David Aguila
Staging created by aLma.MaddR with director Brian Carbine
Nah und Fern is the biggest contribution to the trumpet repertoire that the Carillon Quartet has thus far brought into fruition. The idea is to create a live version of Kagel’s hörspiel in order to introduce it to new audiences. It seems obvious that in the 21st century, radio no longer has the power it once enjoyed in the post-war era. Bringing Nah und Fern into a live context is a way to preserve it and reintroduce it to concertgoers. We present an imaginative, unique staging that gives insight into the many dimensions of Kagel’s fascinating work. With brilliant playback reconstruction by David Aguila, the trumpets of the Carillon Quartet, aLma.MaddR and director Brian Carbine, this piece is now being heard live for the first time since its première in 1994 in the city of Utecht.
Nicolás Bejarano Isaza
Running Time: 60 minutes
Join us for our first concert of the year 2017 at ArtShareLA! The concert will feature Triangles by Thomas Stevens, Pianissimo by Martin Smolka, Sofia Gubaidulina's trumpet trio, and other surprises!
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The title of this recital is shamelessly stolen from a chapter in Michael Kurtz's Stockhausen Biography. The recital is a celebration of the Köln based composers that revived music after the void of World War II. It is also a celebration of the return of melody to the serial movement in spectacular fashion (in the case of Stockhausen).
The works featured will be the following:
K. Stockhausen: ARIES (1977/80) (the awakening)
K. Stockhausen: MICHAELS RUF (the internalization)
M. Kagel: Nah und Fern (city landscapes) *live version created by the Carillon Quaret
K. Stockhausen: MICHAELS ABSCHIED (the lasting influence)
Carillon Quartet (with special guests Dan Flores & Patrick Hoff)
Amy Golden: Laptop/Reconstruction of Nah und Fern
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