Creation
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Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project : Music walks

November 6,
November 7,
November 8,
2 p.m.
Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project
Atrium

A new space can also be discovered through listening! IRCAM has imagined this musical stroll in five stations: two 20th century pioneers—Varèse and Boulez—with a special instrument, the flute and breath, a space, and a system to spatialize the sound. A visionary 20th century musician, an art-science aficionado, passionate about the spatial trajectories of timbre, Edgard Varèse continually endeavored to push beyond the musical instrument’s physical limits, here, those of the flute. With the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, the metaphor of breath and the poetry of Saint-John Perse pass through the flute with the same breadth and fluidity as the wind. The sensation of climatic and hypnotic music is even more pronounced in the art of Salvatore Sciarrino, sensitive to the slightest fluctuations in sound and silence.

To close this evening, we present a sound spatialization device by James Tenny who studied with Varèse. Students from the Shanghai Conservatory move around while forming a fixed agreement. A sound situation that reveals the acoustic footprint of a new venue: the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project.

Matteo Cesari flûte* and educational advisor
Students from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music**

SALVATORE SCIARRINO LETTERA DEGLI ANTIPODI PORTATA DAL VENTO * 
KAIJA SAARIAHO LACONISME DE L'AILE
EDGARD VARÈSE DENSITY 21.5 ** 
SALVATORE SCIARRINOADDIO CASA DEL VENTO 
JAMES TENNEY IN A LARGE OPEN SPACE

 

Organized in collaboration with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
  • Matteo Cesari  © Jean Radel
    Matteo Cesari © Jean Radel
  • Jonathan Harvey  © Florian Kleinefenn
    Jonathan Harvey © Florian Kleinefenn
  • Kaija Saariaho  © Maarit Kytöharju
    Kaija Saariaho © Maarit Kytöharju
  • James Tenney  © DR
    James Tenney © DR