Daniel Teige & the work of Xenakis

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Due to circumstances beyond our control, Daniel Teige will not be joining us for the concert this Saturday (don’t worry, he is ok). However, we will still present his mix of Iannis Xenakis' Persepolis, the epic composition commissioned in 1971 by the then dictator of Iran, Muhammad Reza Shah.

Created for an Olympics-scale spectacle celebrating the 2500th Anniversary (twenty-five-hundredth!) of Iran's founding by Cyrus The Great, it took place in the middle of the desert at the archaeological site of the former city of Persepolis. It was a synesthetic enormity with 92 spotlights, 100 loudspeakers, lasers, and processions of torch-bearing children crossing the landscape. The sonic remains of this “polytope”, what Xenakis called his interdisciplinary, synesthetic spectacles, will be presented in its entirety.

In addition to the Xenakis, we are presenting the USA Premier of Hans Tutschku's ZWEI RÄUME (Two Spaces), which had its first performance in Berlin this past August. This new work takes an entirely different approach than the Xenakis, presenting divergent timbres from voices to the unknowable, and a sense of ever-changing acoustic “place” within the piece itself. The work reconciles or transcends opposites; sparse passages of sound that seem nearly within the ear escape to and from resonances that emanate from spaces seeming miles away. Tutschku will be in attendance, and will present his piece and talk about its making.

Zeroth Channel takes place in Studio 1 - Goodman with a 28 channel audio system distributed in three rings from the floor to the 32 foot grid.

Micah Silver

Hans Tutschku was born 1966 in Weimar. Member of the "Ensemble for intuitive music Weimar" since 1982. He studied composition of electronic music at the college of music Dresde and had since 1989 the opportunity to participate in several concert cycles of Karlheinz Stockhausen to learn the art of the sound direction. He further studied 1991/92 Sonology and electroacoustic composition at the royal conservatoire in the Hague (Holland).

1994 followed a one year’s study stay at IRCAM in Paris. He taught 1995/96 as a guest professor electroacoustic composition in Weimar. 1996 he participated in composition workshops with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough. 1997-2001 he taught electroacoustic composition at IRCAM in Paris and from 2001 to 2004 at the conservatory of Montbéliard.

In May 2003 he completed a doctorate (PhD) with Professor Dr. Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham. During the spring term 2003 he was the "Edgar Varèse Gast Professor" at the TU Berlin.

Since September 2004 Hans Tutschku has been working as composition professor and director of the electroacoustic studios at Harvard University (Boston).

In 2005 he received the culture prize of the city of Weimar.

Studio 1—Goodman
November 15, 2008, 8PM