ISSA Sonus ensemble at Spectrum on Sunday April 28th 2013 perform works for flute–Laura Falzon, viola-Edmundo Ramirez and electronics-Lawrence De Martin. Works by John Glover, Dai Fujikura, Eve Beglarian, Dan Cooper & Nickos HarizanosPosted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement
LAURA FALZON – flute (C, alto, bass, picc)
EDMUNDO RAMIREZ – viola
NATASSA MARE MOUMTZIDOU – vocals
PANAYIOTIS TSAGAS – video
LAWRENCE DE MARTIN – electronics
Titled MEDEA, the program includes Greek composer’s Nickos Harizanos’s MEDEA-SPARAGMATA’s arrangement for flute, viola, video projection and electronics. This work, a music theatre piece based on Euripedes’s Medea, originally for voice, flute, doublebass, percussion, video projection and electronics, resulted from a collaboration between NY based Id-Dinja ensemble and the Contemporary Music Research Center, KSYME founded by Iannis Xenakis in Athens. Written for flutist Laura Falzon and vocalist Natassa Mare Moumtzidou, the work received its World premiere last Summer in Thessaloniki, Greece. MEDEA-SPARAGMATA, utilizes elements of the ancient voice metric, polymodal (polytropic) harmony and many extended techniques on the Flute. Interludes of free improvisation provide contrast between unpredictability and stability, imparting an unworldly character to the piece. Medea as a heroin, is cast as aesthetically superior, her cultural presence moving beyond her immediate being, representing the dense and often paradoxical expressions of our collective forms of representation. As a symbol, Medea embodies a collective unconscious -she carries the unconscious psyche of humanity. The voice, representing fragments embodied in this collective unconscious, becomes a coded imprint of the history of the world. The voice in Media-Sparagmata follows a similar path experiencing plunges, momentary falls, exclamations of intense grief and abandonment, through scattered glissandi and delirious speech/improvisation. Medea is the archetype of the suppressed female soul, violated by an authoritarian and materialistic civilization that is able to rise at any time to demand revenge. Her children are borne of this psyche.
The program also includes Brooklyn-based composer John Glover’s work LIFE CYCLES –a multimedia work for flute, viola, and electronics created in response to Artist MARK MASTROIANNI’S new body of work- “Natural Wisdom” exhibition at Woodward Gallery and first performed in the Fall of 2012 in New York. LIFE CYCLES is composer John Glover’s reaction to the artist’s work—Mark Mastoianni, whose “transfigured representation
creates something far more powerful than technically accurate rendering of familiar objects”, whose art has an effect “like that of a dream we recall for its precise details, for the emotional power of those details, made all the more potent because of how distorted they are in the waking reality of our lives.” ( Woodward gallery exhibition notes).
Dan Cooper’s transcriptions( 2000) of Otto Luenings’s Improvisations for flute on tape recorder by Otto Luening (1952)–NOCTURNES- which Luening describes as ” the Odyssey of an American Composer”, for flute and digital delay are also on the program. Dan Cooper explains that “The 1952 Nocturnes documents one of the very earliest times a ‘live’ musical instrument was introduced into the electronic landscape”, where “ In a somewhat improvisational manner, Luening interacted on the flute with the ‘delay’ mechanism developed by Peter Mauzey, to produce an electronic counterpoint that was clearly innovative, personal, and poetic.”
Other composer’s works in the program include Dai Fujikura’s POISON MUSHROOM and Eve Beglarian’s I WILL NOT BE SAD IN THIS WORLD.
ABOUT the PERFORMERS
ensemble, founded in 2008, is committed to performing and promoting music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Bringing together a vibrant group of performers and composers who share a wealth of music achievements,
With a rich repertoire including numerous world premieres, ISSA Sonus ensemble musicians are passionate for the development and advocacy of new music, but also recognize the importance of the many music traditions that they share. As a result many of their concerts expand classical chamber music to include music that cross boundaries in terms of culture, style and tradition. Concerts have also included performances with non-western instrumentalists. ISSA Sonus ensemble is a flexible ensemble. The Flexibility of the ensemble’s roster allows for programming that ranges from duo recitals to chamber orchestra programs.
Photo: Flutist Laura Falzon & Violist Edmundo Ramirez
Flutist LAURA FALZON has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Praised by the Musical Times magazine for her “versatile technique”, by the British Flute Society’s PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it”, and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist”, Dr. Falzon, an ardent advocate of contemporary music, has premiered numerous works written for her ranging from the conventional flute solo to works with non-western instruments like the zheng, African drums and tabla. Padma Phool is one such work written for her by the Anglo-Indian composer John Mayer (mostly known as the founder of Indo-Jazz Fusion and, in the flute world, for his flute Concerto for Sir James Galway). Amongst the list of works premiered are works by composers like Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Mohammed Fairouz, Charles Camilleri, Theodore Wiprud, Geoff Poole and Bushra El-Turk. The recipient of numerous awards, she has received grants from, amongst others, The British Arts Council, The Scottish Arts Council, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cambridge University, NY Women Composers, Rotary Foundation, Sparkplugs Foundation and Columbia University. A graduate of Columbia University, she studied in England with Royal Academy of Music professor and principal flutist of the London Sinfonietta Sebastian Bell and with Julius Baker, Susan Milan and Kim McCormick in the US. Up until 2004 she was based in the UK, previous to which she was co-principal flute with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Malta. She is a founding member and artistic director of Id-Dinja ensemble and ISSA Sonus ensemble and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at the City College of New York, and at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Further info at http://www.laurafalzon.com/
Violist EDMUNDO RAMIREZ’S collaborations as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist include concerts with ensembles such as the Bremen Kammerphilharmonie (Germany), the Ensemble Intercontemporaine (France), the Absolute Ensemble New York, the Fine Arts Quartet, The Meininger Hofkapelle in Germany, The New York Symphonic Ensemble, The National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas among some. He has performed in venues that include Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, Bellas Artes (Mexico) the Konzerthaus in Vienna and Berlin, Parco della Musica (Italy) and Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. He has appeared in festivals including Aspen, Bach, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Festivals in the US; Menton and Aix-en-Provence in France; Bremen and Hamburg Music Festival; China Trust in Taiwan and Chiuhuahua en Mexico, and collaborated with, amongst others, conductors Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Kristjan Jarvi; pianists Saleem Abud-Askar and Mikhail Muntyan and Paquito de Rivera, Joe Zawinul and Goran Gregovich. Edmundo Ramirez started his violin and viola studies at the Municipal School of Music in Santo Domingo de Heredia and later at the National Youth Symphony Music Program, in Costa Rica. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, The Mannes College of Music, The Juilliard School in New York and the Academia Chigiana in Italy, receiving Diplomas di Honor and di Merito. His teachers include Miguel Arango, Yuri Bashmet, Jose Aurelio Castillo, Heidi Castleman, William Schuck, Walter Trampler, members of the Tokyo, Emerson and the Juilliard Quartet and master classes on violin and viola from Masao Kawasaki, Ida Haendel and Rafael Druian. Further info at http://www.edmundoramirez.com