Exposition of New Music 2017


 

30th year

Exposition of New Music

A NEW ®EVOLUTION

11 to 25 October 2017

 

“Not everything new is revolutionary, nor is all revolutionary new”

 “The score might be old, but the music is heard here and now”

 

Evolution is a natural, continuous, long-term and spontaneous process, during which life develops and ever diversifies. Revolution, by contrast, is a sudden reversal during which the status quo collapses and is replaced by a new order. If we join the two concepts together, we can observe a process that was originally revolutionary but, over time, has come to be considered evolutionary. A new invention is repeated for so long that it becomes the norm, which elicits conflicts that then produce further inventions and so on, time and time again. And yet, a modernist understanding of progress no longer exists; the new is no longer better than the old, or the “authentic”. We enter into a process of “incessant creation”, “bricolage”, or the creation of the new out of randomly chosen or adapted parts of the old, where invention is often replaced by a rediscovery of the discovered and of rebellion, or where even revolution itself becomes a profitable commodity.

The 30th year of the Exposition of New Music offers innovative works imbued with free spirit. Though they might not necessarily be the most recent, they have certainly lost none of their revolutionary potential, even if some of them have already become embedded in music’s evolution.

The score might be old, but the music is heard here and now. Old and new works meet at the same venues, creating in the same audiences the same feelings of discomposure, but also satisfaction and bliss. We return to the beginnings of the festival: its first years were part of the Brno International Music Festival, now called Moravian Autumn. Acting in harmony with – yet also somewhat in rebellion against – the main Moravian Autumn programme, we provide space for forms, genres and media of musical expression, some of which are often unjustly neglected. The events range from those offering absolute freedom of interpretation to those featuring machine-like performances; from installation to musical intervention and improvisation to idiosyncratic compositions bearing the hallmarks of their creators.

 

Viktor Pantůček, programmer of the festival



30 Sep Třída kapitána Jaroše - festival preview

AVAVAVAntýry / John Cage: Improvisation IV

 

11 Oct 7:30pm Besední dům

AMM / Cornelius Cardew: Treatise

The legendary British free improvisation group, AMM, founded in 1963 in London, will perform with most of their original members: Eddie Prévost, John Tilbury and Keith Rowe. On the programme is a segment of the longest graphic musical score in the world, Treatise, the cult work by the British musical reformer, Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981). Written in 1967, it will be played in Brno almost fifty years after its inception.

 

13 Oct 7:30pm Skleněná louka

Pounding Ponc – LIVE, first half

There is no doubt that the history of art is largely a story of interpretation. Graphically-notated music is an extraordinary genre: it reveals the pitfalls and limitations of traditional notation and its inability to visually represent the sounds of every type of music (and, in particular, of contemporary music), but it also demonstrates the complementary connections between conceptual symbolic forms, and shifts music and visual expression towards spatio-temporal intermedia. Miroslav Ponc’s (1902-1976) colour music is an excellent example.

 

15 Oct 7:30pm ??

Divergent Connections Orchestra / concert by improvisation ensemble

This is the most recent work by Pavel Zlámal, focused this time on conducted improvisation. Zlámal will lead an ensemble the size of a small orchestra, for which he has invited experienced jazzmen, classical music virtuosos and musical experimenters.

 

20 Oct 7:30pm Skleněná louka

Pounding Ponc – LIVE, second half

There is no doubt that the history of art is largely a story of interpretation. Graphically-notated music is an extraordinary genre: it reveals the pitfalls and limitations of traditional notation and its inability to visually represent the sounds of every type of music (and, in particular, of contemporary music), but it also demonstrates the complementary connections between conceptual symbolic forms, and shifts music and visual expression towards spatio-temporal intermedia. Miroslav Ponc’s (1902-1976) colour music is an excellent example.

 

25 Oct 7:00pm and 9:00pm Besední dům - a double concert

ISHA trio / chamber concert and Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble / Machinery

The programme of the concert by ISHA trio presents various innovative methods of composition and performance on traditional instruments. Some of these works have become classics and we wish to show that these are not experiments, provocations or rebellions, but often very virtuosic and beautiful compositions.

The programme of the multimedia music project “Machinery” consists of works that have been conceived during various periods with the use of machines. There will be premieres of music by Vladimir Gorlinsky, Alexander Khubeev, Nikolai Popov and Alexander Chernyshkov written especially for this project, alongside new electro-acoustic versions of immortal works by Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Mosolov and Vladimir Deshevov.

 

*Christina Kubisch: Electrical walks


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