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World of sound: Microtonal Innovations
World of sound: Microtonal Innovations
St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Early October
The “World of Sound” project will examine different approaches of contemporary music to sound. Contemporary composers are investigating the structure of sound, revealing its hidden potential and tapping its previously unknown timbral resources. The 20th century opened up the possibilities of changing sound’s structure. Now sound, with all its many possibilities, has become a key tool for composers. The Microtonal Festival will take place from 5th to 15th October in St Petersburg, Russia. It will bring together various fields – contemporary classical music, jazz, and live electronics. The wide range of genres and styles covered by this project will allow us to show how distinct processes are united by the concept of sound division. Microtonal music is rarely performed in Russia. The Festival will be a first step towards introducing the musical ideas of Russian composers of different generations and their Western colleagues from the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as concerts, masterclasses and open discussions with the Festival participants, a conference will be held from 6th-7th October. One of the main topics to be discussed will be the methods of sound development in the late 19th – early 21st centuries, the analytical concepts of Western composers and musicologists, in particular those studying sound and microtonal music.
Authoritative ensembles and soloists specializing in contemporary music have been invited, including the world famous Arditti Quartet (England), Nadar Ensemble (Belgium), Ensemble SCALA (Huygens-Fokker Stiftung, Amsterdam, Holland), Moscow Ensemble for Contemporary Music (MASM), State Chamber Orchestra of the Court Capella (St Petersburg), pianist Martine Joste (France), extreme singer Natalia Pschenichnikova (Russia-Germany), bassoonist Johnny Reinhard (USA), and composer Pascale Criton (France).
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