17.04.2016

New York is celebrating 70 years Darmstadt Summer Course

In the musical world the name of Darmstadt is synonymous with the International Summer Course for New Music. 70 years ago, the Summer Course was founded and since then it has made major contributions to music history: Nearly all prominent protagonists of the music after 1945 are somehow connected to Darmstadt, as are the aesthetic debates and fierce controversies on present and future composing. Outstanding performances by Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, David Tudor, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Gérard Grisey, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough and many others are also part of the Summer Course history. Until today, the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) is organizing the Summer Course every two years and still it is unparalleled throughout the world with its hybrid format combining summer academy, festival and international discourse platform for contemporary music.

 

This is reason enough for the New York based ensemble scene to celebrate Darmstadt's legacy of radical innovation with a three-day music festival: From 9 to 11 May 2016 there will be concerts with ICE, Mivos Quartet, Talea, SEM and the Wet Ink Ensemble at Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217). Festival highlights include Matthias Spahlinger's “Extension”, Karlheinz Stockhausen's “Mikrophonie”, John Cage's “Concert for Piano and Orchestra”, new works by Ashley Fure and Darmstadt faculty member Jennifer Walshe as well as a performance of Helmut Lachenmann's third string quartet “Grido”.


At the same time the New York festival will be a preview of this year's International Summer Course for New Music (29 July to 14 August 2016 in Darmstadt) and its anniversary program: Talea will present two concert programs in Darmstadt, including Steven K. Takasugi's new piece "Sideshow". ICE and composer Ashley Fure (Kranichstein Music Prize 2014) are developing an "Opera for Objects" with the title "The Force of Things" as a sensuous live-installation for the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016.

 

The Darmstadt Institute was founded in New York more than 10 years ago by Zach Layton and Nick Hallett and initiated, among other projects, the critically acclaimed concert series "Darmstadt Classics of the Avant Garde“ with the aim of presenting major experimental music in New York. IMD  has been in contact with the two initiators for a couple of years now, but the festival "…from Darmstadt… 70 Years of New Music" in May 2016 will be the first artistic collaboration.
There is also a constant exchange between IMD and the New York music scene through ensembles like ICE, Talea and Mivos Quartet that have been regular guests at the Darmstadt Summer Course.

 

…from Darmstadt… 70 Years of New Music is organized by THE DARMSTADT INSTITUTE NEW YORK in collaboration with the INTERNATIONAL MUSIC INSTITUTE DARMSTADT (IMD) and is kindly supported by Goethe Institute New York, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts and the Friends of IMD

…FROM DARMSTADT…
70 YEARS OF NEW MUSIC
9 to 11 May 2016 @ Roulette

509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

 

Monday, 9 May 2016 | 8pm
Wet Ink Ensemble, Jennifer Walshe

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016 | 8pm
ICE – International Contemporary Ensemble, Mivos Quartet

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 | 8pm
Talea Ensemble, SEM Ensemble

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17.04.2016

New York is celebrating 70 years Darmstadt Summer Course

In the musical world the name of Darmstadt is synonymous with the International Summer Course for New Music. 70 years ago, the Summer Course was founded and since then it has made major contributions to music history: Nearly all prominent protagonists of the music after 1945 are somehow connected to Darmstadt, as are the aesthetic debates and fierce controversies on present and future composing. Outstanding performances by Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, David Tudor, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Gérard Grisey, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough and many others are also part of the Summer Course history. Until today, the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) is organizing the Summer Course every two years and still it is unparalleled throughout the world with its hybrid format combining summer academy, festival and international discourse platform for contemporary music.

 

This is reason enough for the New York based ensemble scene to celebrate Darmstadt's legacy of radical innovation with a three-day music festival: From 9 to 11 May 2016 there will be concerts with ICE, Mivos Quartet, Talea, SEM and the Wet Ink Ensemble at Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217). Festival highlights include Matthias Spahlinger's “Extension”, Karlheinz Stockhausen's “Mikrophonie”, John Cage's “Concert for Piano and Orchestra”, new works by Ashley Fure and Darmstadt faculty member Jennifer Walshe as well as a performance of Helmut Lachenmann's third string quartet “Grido”.