22 – 24 September 2017



22. September

20 Uhr
Øyvind Torvund im Gespräch mit Bjoern Gottstein, Musikwissenschaftler und Kurator der Donaueschinger Musiktage

21.15 Uhr
Øyvind Torvund – Composer in Residence 2017
Plans for Impossible Pieces
Ensemble Asamisimasa

23 Uhr
Anne-James Chaton (Stimme und elektronische Klänge)

23. September

21 Uhr
Toshio Hosokawa, Twill (Aya-Ori) (2016)*
Valentin Silvestrov, Postludium #3 (1982)
György Kurtág, Virag az ember
Lukas Ligeti, Passacaglia con variazioni (2016)
György Ligeti, Capriccio #1 (1947)
György Kurtág, A brief message to Pierre Boulez (2005)
György Kurtág, Doloroso (1991)
György Kurtág, Magyar nyelvlecke kulfoldieknek (Ungarischstunde für Ausländer)
Howard Skempton, Surface Tension #1 (1976)
Howard Skempton, Larghetto (2016)
Anton Webern, Drei Stücke op. 11  ( 1914)
György Kurtág, Magyar nyelvlecke kulfoldieknek (Ungarischstunde für Ausländer)
György Kurtág, Litigi
Peter Ablinger, Erzsébet ‘Kokó’ Kukta (2015)*
Johann S. Bach, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Sonatina from
Actus tragicus)
György Kurtág, Magyar nyelvlecke kulfoldieknek (Ungarischstunde für Ausländer)
Peter Eötvös, Molto Tranquillo (Kurtág 90) (2015)*
György Kurtág, Bagatellen 1-2 op.14d (1981)
László Sáry, Mindig csak az van, ami van (2016)
Francesco Dillon (Cello)
Emanuele Torquati (Klavier)
Manuel Zurria (Flöte)

* für dieses Konzert in Auftrag gegeben

22.30 Uhr
Simon Løffler, b (2012)
Laurence Crane, Riis (1996)

Carola Bauckholt, Klarinettentrio (1993)
Kristine Tjøgersen, We should get to know each other (2016)
Øyvind Torvund: Neon Forest Spaces (2009)
Ensemble Asamisimasa

24. September

11 Uhr
Iannis Xenakis, Mikka S (1971)
Georg Philipp Telemann, Fantasia no 9 in Si minore
Lorenzo Pagliei, Moto perpetuo IV (Uraufführung)
Lorenzo Pagliei, Moto perpetuo III
Simon Steen-Andersen, Study for String Instrument #1 (2007)
Franck Bedrossian, Innersonic (2012)
Aisha Orzabayeva (Geige)

12 Uhr
Kate Moore, Homage to my boots
Kate Moore, Spel III
Kate Moore, da Herz Cycle, Dance (Uraufführung)
Kate Moore, Sadness
Kate Moore, Dies Irae (Uraufführung)
Mary Jean Leach, Downland’s Tears
Kate Moore, Velvet
Emanuele Torquati (Klavier)
Manuel Zurria (Flöte)
Aisha Orazbayeva (Geige)
Kate Moore und Francesco Dillon (Cello)

13 Uhr

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The eighth edition of music@villaromana, Imaginary Bridges, establishes a relationship between apparently distant languages: classical, contemporary and non-contemporary music, electronics, improvisation, visual art and oral narrative.
The core of the concerts and encounters on the long weekend of 22 – 24 September 2017 will be Plans for Impossible Pieces, the new Pocket Opera by the Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund. Francesco Dillon and Emanuele Torquati (the two curators of the music@villaromana concert series) have invited him as composer in residence because he unites compositional discourse with multimedia elements such as video and electronics. In the months before the festival Torvund will live and work at the Villa Romana in order to develop his composition and adapt it to the inside and outside spaces of the Villa Romana. His Pocket Opera is inspired by the dadaistic and futuristic tradition and also references the new tendencies of noise music and elements of black metal.
This new commissioned work by music@villaromana will be performed by asamisimasa, an ensemble that has worked together with Torvund for a long time and will appear as a quartet. The Pocket Opera fuses instruments with voices and creates constellations with electronic and video interventions. The Pocket Opera will also be introduced with an in-depth reflection on contemporary composing: Øyvind Torvund in conversation with the musicologist and curator of the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Bjorn Gottstein.
The first and ideal counterpart to this dialogue is a homage to Gyorgy Kurtàg, one of the greatest musical personalities of the twentieth century, who influenced generations of composers with his research. It was only in the 1980s that he was discovered and made known to a wider audience in the West by Pierre Boulez and Luigi Nono, who hold his work in great esteem. Lettere Intime, a project by the musical trio Zurria-Dillon-Torquati, tries to find a way into his poetic world with various highlights, which correspond to intimate spheres of his biography and sensibility. On the occasion of Kurtàg’s 90th birthday in 2016, six major composers with a connection to Kurtàg as friends or like-minded individuals described this path: his friend and musical companion Péter Eötvös and his compatriot Lászlá Sáry, his British alter ego Howard Skempton and the electric Lukas Ligeti, the outsider Peter Aiblinger and the most famous living Japanese composer, Toshio Hosokawa.
A second counterpoint is presented by the chamber music concerts by the musical ensemble asamisimasa and the violinist Aisha Orazbayeva. Another feature of this edition of music@villaromana is placing alternative, experimental and improvisational approaches alongside the classical repertoire. Both will present famous pieces from their repertoire and recent works, such as those by Laurence Crane and Simon Løeffler for asamisimasa, as well as a new piece written for Orazbayeva by Lorenzo Pagliei.

The crowning glory of this program of Imaginary Bridges will be a solo set by the French poet and artist Anne-James Chaton, who normally appears with Andy Moore and Alva Noto. Under the title Pop is Dead, improvisational elements and electronic sounds are united with a fascinating work on the naked voice and a focus on two successful composers: Kate Moore (Australia) and Mary Jane Leach (USA), who will both be present.

concert series music@villaromana
30 Sep    01 Oct 2016

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30 September

9.15  pm
Mauricio Pauly – Composer in Residence 2016
Luca Piovesan (accordion)
Maarten Stragier (electric guitar)
Serge Vuille (percussion)
Gabriel Montagné (visuals) 

1 October

9.15 pm
Michelle Agnés, Loco Reloj que canta muertas antiguas (2015)
Marta Gentilucci, Discordanza Angolare (2015)
Lorenzo Troiani, Cratere a calice. Figure rosse (2015)
Chaya Czernowin, Knights of the strange (2015) *
Franck Bedrossian, Innersonic (2012)
Luca Piovesan (accordion)
Maarten Stragier (electric guitar)

10.30 pm
Alvin Lucier, Opera with Objects (1997) for pencils and resonating objects
Philip Glass, 1+1 (1967)  for amplified table top
Alexander Schubert, Laplace Tiger (2009) for drum kit, arm-sensors, live-electronics and live-vidéo
Serge Vuille (percussion, video and electronics)

(*) Premiere 

With the kind support of
comune di firenze



Composer in Residence 2016: Mauricio Pauly
Starting this year, music@villaromana will host a composer-in-residence in the premises of Villa Romana. He will live and work in the Villa from August 10 until September 7. Mauricio Pauly was selected on the basis of his talent for innovation and his ability to create works that surpass the limits of classical music. His creations open up to the performatory gesture, interaction with new technologies and the experimentation of a new process of composition.

Mauricio Pauly (born in Costa Rica in 1976, lives and works in Manchester) writes music for mixed chamber ensembles, often incorporating performatory electronics and amplification and prefabricated sounds. He is co-artistic director of the ensemble Distractfold and part of the improvisation duo Inner Helmet. In 2014-15 he carried out research at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Among other things Pauly is a teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, United Kingdom, where he is Associate Professor and coordinator of the MMus PoP Music. He is also a studio tutor at the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio in London.

The residence offers the composer a one-month sojourn in Florence enabling him to become familiar with the Florentine music scene and with the public. During this time he will work on the composition of a new musical production, a site-specific work which will be the result of his research in the city of Florence. The commissioned work, a Pocket Opera, will be presented during the autumn edition of the music@villaromana festival, to be held on 30 September and 1 October 2016. Pocket Opera is a form of musical theatre that encapsulates the broader functions of traditional opera in a concise format. Although no less rich and imaginative, it is a compact genre and for this very reason can be easily adapted to more varied and less institutional contexts.

There will be a new composer-in-residence every year, and candidates will be selected by the two artistic directors of the music@villaromana festival Francesco Dillon and Emanuele Torquati.

With the kind support of 
comune di firenze


17-18 June 2016

concert series music@villaromana

June 17
9 pm
Luke Bedford: Chiaroscuro *
Donnacha Dennehy: Bulb *
Arturo Fuentes: Mimik *
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Fidelio Trio (violin, cello and piano)

10.30 pm
Steve Reich: Reed Phase
Terry Riley: Dorian Reeds 
Frank Zappa: Chunga’s Revenge 
David Brutti (saxophone)

June 18
8 pm
Marco Momi: Cinque nudi 
John Cage: Variations II 
Michele Sanna: Microburst 
Moondog: Bird’s lament 
Moondog: Present for Prez 
Moondog: Mother’s whistler
David Brutti (saxophone) 

9.15 pm
Mariano Etkin: Lagrimas sobre lagrimas (solo for piano written for and performed by Emanuele Torquati) ***
Olivier Messiaen: Oraison
Tristan Murail: La Conquête de l’Antarctique
Konstantin Koukias: Epirus – An Ancient Voice **
Alain Louvier: Raga (with Francesco Dillon) ***
Nadia Ratsimandresy (Ondes Martenot) 

11 pm
Maria Chavez (turntablist)


In the presence of the composers Arturo Fuentes e Marco Momi

* italian premiere

** European premiere

*** world premiere

With the kind support of

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