CONTRASTS FLORENCE 2018
meetings for new music
June 8 | 11th July
Contrasts Florence 2018, meetings for a new music , organized by mdi ensemble and with the artistic direction of Davide Santi , this year reaches its fourth edition. The exhibition, confirming itself as one of the most interesting contemporary classical music events in the city, owes its longevity to the support of Estate Fiorentina, always attentive to the creation and enhancement of a cultural and musical program sought and open to the contemporary.
Contrasts 2018 presents an even richer calendar that includes five concerts , some of which are structured as a lecture - meeting, and five prestigious venues distributed from the center to the outskirts of Florence. Everything will be concentrated in a series of events to be held from Friday 8 June until Wednesday 11 July 2018 . A real historical and cultural itinerary that interweaves the values of the territory with the themes of art music and boasts collaborations with illustrious Florentine institutions (Lyceum Club Internazionale di Firenze, Gabinetto Letterario GP Vieusseux, Conservatory Luigi Cherubini, Theater of Settignano, Le Murate, Contemporary Art Projects ) and international (International Piano Competition in Orleans).
The theme of Contrasts Firenze 2018, as emphasized by the slogan meetings for new music , is to deepen the links between today's music and the history of music from the past.
A journey in which the public rediscovers the network of connections and contrasts that nourishes the new music towards sounds unpredictable and surprising. The musicians and composers themselves will introduce the concert program by offering the public the reading keys necessary to fully understand its contents.
THE JUNE CONCERTS
The magnificent venue of the International Lyceum Club of Florence, the Palazzo Giugni, will be inaugurated on Friday 8 June starting at 7.00 pm . The evening opens with the first of the meetings - a lesson open to everyone, with the Japanese pianist Miharu Ogura as the protagonist, fresh winner of the Donatoni prize at the Orl é ans international piano competition . Very young promise of the international plan, Miharu Ogura is a guest for the first time in Italy. The concert will be followed by the concert at 7.30 pm. The program highlights the different approach to performance between more classical pieces of the early twentieth century and the modern writing of Franco Donatoni and Hector Parra , of which we will listen to the first Italian of Au coeur de l'oblique , a song written just for the last competition of Orléans.
The historic GP Vieusseux Literary Science Cabinet at Palazzo Strozzi will be the venue for the second concert on Wednesday, June 20 at 6 pm, focusing on the theme of the Orient between music and poetry. The poetic and musical language live from common roots and constructions, from Japanese haiku to the dreams of the god pan by Claude Debussy, from the works of the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu to the poetry of ancient Persia: the timbre and rhythm are the guiding thread. Mdi ensemble offers for this appointment a wind duo, flute and clarinet, which eseguir à music by Scelsi, Berio, Takemitsu and Platz accompanied by a narrator who will read texts from 101 The dream of Giacinto Scelsi and Japanese Haiku.
On Friday 29 June, the Cherubini Conservatory will host and dedicate a day to Mauro Lanza. In the Hall of Humor Pietro Grossi, the composer will be held, starting at 15.30, a seminar of the composition, which will be followed, at 18:00, the monographic concert with musicians from mdi ensemble. Venetian, born in 1975, Mauro Lanza is considered one of the most visionary and influential musicians in the contemporary world. Contrasts offers, therefore, an opportunity for the students of the Conservatory to interact with the composer and for the audience to be involved in a concert that traces the creative steps of the author, with some of the pieces for solo instrument and ensemble , which today they have led him to be known and performed all over the world.
THE CONCERTS OF JULY
After 4 musical events Contrasts 2018 also offers a cinematic boost thanks to the collaboration of the Nijinsky Association that will host the event. Wednesday, July 4, at 9 pm at the Teatro di Settignano, the docufilm produced by mdi ensemble will be shown in 2017: See the Sound - homage to Helmut Lachenmann. A film-meeting that traces a profile of the famous Helmut Lachenmann , one of the most important living composers, through his words, the musical extracts of his most famous chamber music and the extra content of Nuria Schoenberg, Emilio Pomarico, Stefano Gervasoni and Massimiliano Damerini . Presented in Paris in October 2017, See the Sound has received considerable critical acclaim (5 stars from the French classic magazine) and has already been acquired and transmitted by Rai5 and soon by Sky Classica. The screening of the film will be preceded by the live performance of one of his most revolutionary pieces, " Pression " for solo cello, by Giorgio Casati , cellist of mdi ensemble.
"Towards unconditional listening" is the title of the last event of the festival, Wednesday 11 July , at 6 pm , at Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea , where mdi ensemble meets Giorgio Netti to unite two infinitely interpretable thousand-year experiences: music and yoga . Netti, composer and instructor of yoga in Milan, for years working on the border of the two disciplines, using the musical instrument and the human body in a half-experience between the yoga session and the live acoustic concert. It will be an opportunity to listen to some of the works that make up the cycle of the siege , a work written by Netti between 2001 and 2008 that, starting from the traditional formation of the string quartet, offers an enlarged listening form, to suggest further spaces musical inside and outside what is usually considered music.
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