Ensemble Pamplemousse open their decennary season with a program focussed on works by composers Alvin Lucier and Klaus Lang, each of whom turns his focus inward to the fundamental sparks of aural phenomena. While they came up in a different artistic milieux at different times– Lucier as part of the New York School, Lang informed by Austria’s 20th-century traditions– both use fabrics of heightened minimalism to create musical tapestries that invite the listener to rediscover the acoustic mechanics taken for granted in everyday experience.
Bird and Person Dyning (1976)
performed by Alvin Lucier
December 12th (2013)
Charles Curtis (2002)
for cello and slow sweep, pure wave oscillator
for violin and two assistants
for piccolo, oboe, violin, and viola
for harmonium and cello
Die drei Felder im Schnee und die scharlachrote Sonne
for flute and percussion
Geschrieben in Wasser
for piano quartet
Performed by Ensemble Pamplemousse : Natacha Diels, flute; Kiku Enomoto, violin; Jessie Marino, cello; Dave Broome, harmonium/piano
With special guests : Elizabeth Weisser, viola; Arthur Sato, oboe; Piero Guimaraes, percussion
Composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse was founded in 2002 to provide a focal point for like-minded creators with a thirst for sonic exploration. The ensemble is a close-knit group of divergent artistic personalities, emergent from training in disparate musical fields. Their collective love for the exquisite in all sonic realms leads the ensemble to persistently discover new vistas of sound at the frayed edges of dissective instrumental performance technique. Compositions aggregate each member's unique virtuosic talents into extraordinary magical moments. In the flexible moments of performance, the ensemble weaves together shapes of resonance, clusters of glitch, skitters of hyper action, and masses of absurdity into impeccable structures of unified beauty.