Fracas

Ondřej Adámek. Michael Jarrell. Kenji Sakai.
With the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, conducted by Daniel Kawka.

"Above, a strident stone shatters." At the beginning of Droben Schmettert ein greller Stein, a drama by Michael Jarrell, the harmonic pizzicato of the solo bass that fathers the rich harmonic universe of a gripping work, rooted in the low register.

Kenji Sakai, a student of Jarrell's in Geneva, developed his own art of orchestration during his time at IRCAM. Today he uses the resources made available in this field by computer music applications: targets, screens, and new possibilities of timbre combinations.

In this concert created by Grame, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, and IRCAM, the work by Ondřej Adámek refuses neither the slightest timbre effect nor acoustic illusion. Since his work, Nôise, we have been aware of the Czech composer's proximity with Japan and of his interest in the voice: ranting, speaking, or singing. He is inspired here by Japanese mechanical dolls, by perfection, and by the concentration of a living mechanism.

  • Ondřej Adámek Karakuri-Poupée Mécanique
  • Michael Jarrell Droben Schmettert ein greller Stein
  • Kenji Sakai Fog and Bubbles

Shigeko Hata soprano
Michaël Chanu, bass
Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain
Conductor Daniel Kawka
Computer Music Design Christophe Lebreton (Grame), Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM)

An EOC, Grame and IRCAM-Centre Pompidou coproduction.France Musique
Concert recorded by France Musique. This concert can be heard for one month on francemusique.com.

France Musique live from IRCAM:

Les Lundis de la Contemporaine, from 8 to 10:30pm
8pm: A direct broadcast of the concert Fracas followed by Magazine de la Contemporaine, presented by Arnaud Merlin.
With the conductor Daniel Kawka and the composer Kenji Sakai.
Live public radio show.

Reservation

Monday, March 19, 2012, 8pm / IRCAM, Espace de projection

  • Tickets: 14€ | reduced-price seats 10€
    IRCAM Card 3 initial performances for 10€ each | each additional IRCAM performance 5€
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