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Kupka's Piano: Kontakte


Kupka's Piano: Kontakte

  • Date: Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 6.30pm, 60mins (no interval)
  • Venue: Ian Hanger Recital Hall — Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 16 Russell St, South Brisbane, QLD
  • Tickets: Adults: $15.00 | Concession: $10.00 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0737 356 241

Event Details

Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) and Kupka's Piano presents this program of 20th + 21st Century masterworks for piano/percussion featuring Angus Wilson and Alex Raineri performing Karlheinz Stockhausen's masterpiece Kontakte. Written in 1958-60, Kontakte stands as a high water mark for modernist music. A staggering 30+ minute work for piano, percussion and electronics, Kontakte went further than any other work of the time in exploring the possibilities electronic sounds and their interaction with human performers. While the work is often extolled as one of the most intellectually rigorous works of Stockhausen’s output – finally realising the dream of integrating all the parameters of pitch, duration, timbre and intensity into the serialist method – it is the visceral power of Kontakte and its epic scope that make it such a compelling work for audiences to this day. Tristan Murail’s solo piano work La Mandragore provides an extreme contrast. Rather than the highly rational (if at the same time extremely visceral) construction of Kontakte, this work sits firmly in the more organicist ‘spectral’ school of which Murail was one of the leading figures. By drawing upon the piano’s natural resonances, it creates a meditative space within which enchanting harmonies and beautiful flowing figures rise and fall. Another sharp contrast is Beast for solo marimba by American composer Steven Mackey. This work draws on minimalist processes, rock riffs, and modernist harmonies to create a stream of infectious but unconventional rhythms. Whereas La Mandragore allows for figures to emerge in a stream of consciousness-like fashion, the music of Beast is always propelling itself forward. Come along and experience these immense works of contemporary art music alongside the world premiere performance of a new work by emerging Brisbane composer Jakob Bragg!

Performers: Alex Raineri (piano) & Angus Wilson (percussion) of Kupka's Piano

Featured non-Australian music: Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kontake; Tristan Murail - La Mandragore; Steven Mackey - Beast

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to alexraineri@bigpond.com

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