Journalist and writer Gisela Nauck has assembled a wonderful radio program on the seven landscape operas from summer of 2018’s Festival Rümlingen. I am more than happy to find my opera Die Perfekte Passivität prominently placed in several spots of her audio trip (in German) through the landscapes and sounds of the festival which took place close to Basel, Switzerland.
Composers, all with new commissions for the festival included Clara Iannotta, Manos Tsangaris, Peter Ablinger, Barblina Meierhans, Ruedi Häusermann, Mischa Käser.
Listen to the program here (available from Dec 29, 2018 – Jan 5, 2019)
Our Ear, a piece for Alto Saxophone and Viola, had its premiere on Dec 10, 2018. The brand new Duo Klexs are bringing it to live on their tour Nah und Fern-(Dis)semblables, for which they are touring through all corners of Switzerland.
The dates include:
10 Dec 2018 Luzern – Kulturbrauerei (Kunsthalle) – 20:30h
13 Dec 2018 Zürich – Theater Stock – 19:30h
21 Dec 2018 Biel/Bienne – Litteraturcafé/Café Littéraire –
10 Jan 2019 Basel – Unternehmen Mitte
19 Jan 2019 Fenalet-sur-Bex – Jardin Cosmique – Symphonie Picturale
14 May 2019 St. Gallen – Newartmusic Contrapunkt
17 May 2019 Lausanne – Orangerie – atelier de Yves Dana
The piece Liquid Contra for six speakers is presented at 137 Brompton Rd, London in a sound installation collaboration with the designer Michael Anastassiades and Bang & Olufsen. The duration of the exposition is September 15 – 23, with opening times all throughout the day.
The piece is an interactive sound installation composed for the speakers which are placed in the three different rooms of the venue – an old bank building. With sounds recorded at Question de Son studios in Paris.
Tank Magazine (with Interview and Videos)
Video excerpts from Tank Magazine:
Amazing graphic designer and photographer Lydia Perrot has created an interactive viewing and listening experience for my solo guitar piece Ping Pol. Among graphical scores and illustrations representing the movements of the piece there is a virtual reality mode, which enables the viewer to listen to passages of the piece while a video is playing along with it.
The book is printed in luxurious silver and also includes several of my texts from the last years, all concerning the idea of listening analysis and indepence from the score in musical discourse.
It is a big honor to receive the “Startstipendium” scholarship of 2018 from the Austrian Chancellery of Culture. It is a grant to support my work throughout several projects in summer, including my landscape theater piece Die Perfekte Passivität for Festival Rümlingen, which will have its premiere on August 17 & 18.
In a collaboration between ORF Radiokulturhaus (Austrian national broadcast) and Jeunesse Vienna I had the privilege to stage and record a portrait concert, which has been broadcast on Ö1 radio May 14, 2018.
The program consisted of a range of pieces from 2011 to today, including the premiere of new ensemble piece Triad Hihat. Other pieces performed were Stift & Papier I, Stift & Papier II, Vektorium, Tandem Trapez, Ping Pol, Flugmagnet, Slope Motion, Triad Hihat.
Performing ensemble was the Viennese Platypus Ensemble under musical direction of Yalda Zamani, and with several guest musicians, among them Jon Heilbron, Alvaro Collao León, Matej Bunderla-Havaj, Manuel Alcaraz Clemente.
Concert program: Jeunesse Portrait Mauro Hertig