narrator – ensemble – electronics

PHACE | SITUATIONS

our series at
Wiener Konzerthaus
2020/21

 

CONDUCTORS
Nacho de Paz
Lars Mlekusch

PHACE
Doris Nicoletti, flute
Walter Seebacher, clarinet
Reinhold Brunner, clarinet
Michael Krenn, saxophone
Mathilde Hoursiangou, piano
Berndt Thurner, percussion
Ivana Pristasova, violin
Petra Ackermann, viola
Roland Schueler, cello
Maximilian Ölz, double bass
Alexandra Dienz, double bass
and many more …

With the new SITUATIONS series, PHACE opens up scope for personal interpretations and breaks with all-encompassing realities. Shaped in the interplay of high-contrast sensory impressions, spontaneous, diverse connections arise between what is remembered and what is sounding at the moment. SITUATIONS kindles interacting sound spaces that fuel our imagination in the sharpest possible way.
In TUNES, fragments of memory intertwine to form inextricable vaults of sound and juxtapose ambiguities on ever new levels of meaning. STRATA digs for moments of authentic, honest expression in rooms flooded with stimuli. Sarhan’s curious HELL show is feverish and sarcastic: Rhythmic voices from off-screen meet contemporary sound phrases, mixed with set pieces from jazz, rock and pop. Powerful, repetitive, machine-like collages in RECALL prepare the ground for putting ourselves in the shoes of others, looking at their stories, discovering them – with amazing twists and turns.

Prior to each concert, Juri Giannini will discuss the music with the composers within the setting of “Salon PHACE”.

Termine in diesem Zyklus
FR 27.11.2020 KH Zyklus 1 – PHACE | TUNES – ensemble & electronics
DI 16.02.2021 KH Zyklus 2 – PHACE | STRATA – ensemble & electronics
DI 16.03.2021 KH Zyklus 3 – PHACE | HELL – narrator & ensemble
DO 27.05.2021 KH Zyklus 4 – PHACE | RECALL – ensemble

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narrator & ensemble 

PHACE | Hell

2.Oct.2021 // 19:30
Odeon Theater
Taborstraße 10, 1020 Wien

16.March.2021 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Saal
Covid19-cancellation!
PHACE Series 20/21 – N°3

ARTISTS

François Sarhan, Sprecher, Text und Musik 

PHACE
Alvaro Collao Leon, saxophone
Stefan Obmann, trombone
Berndt Thurner, percussion
Mathilde Hoursiangou, piano
Ivana Pristasova, violin
Maximilan Ölz, double bass
Samuel Toro Perez, electric guitar

The curious show “HELL” by Sarhan is feverish and sarcastic: Rhythmic voices from the off meet contemporary sound phrases, mixed with set pieces from jazz, rock and pop. Neither a show nor a concert. More like a diverse set in the form of a Radio Sarhan studio. The set presents eight musicians and microphones, chamber music generously interwoven with rock music, computers, samples, words, bodies that speak, music that speaks. In a feverishly sarcastic atmosphere reminiscent of the heyday of experimental rock and the spirit of Zappa, the dense score examines in detail the rhythms, hesitations and pauses of ordinary language. And it’s this expressive energy that is the star of the show: the voice of the narration, the dictaphone, the confession, the conversation. It creates its own rhythm, determines the phrasing and enlivens writing.

 

PROGRAM

François Sarhan
Hell for narrator and ensemble, 2005 (austrian premiere) 60’ 

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ensemble 

PHACE | RECALL

27.May.2021 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Saal

PHACE Series 20/21 – N°4

A production by PHACE & Wiener Konzerthaus

ARTISTS

Lars Mlekusch, conductor

 

PHACE

 

 

How many faces do we meet without actually seeing them, without knowing their memories? With irony, strength and energy, RECALL tries to put us in the shoes of others, to look at their history, to discover them. In his work, Ondřej Adámek processes voice samples from friends and robot aspects of Japanese ways of life into powerful, repetitive, machine-like collages. “People / Time” by Pierre Jodlowski tells a story, or rather a few stories, about a decaying leaf, about streets where the white median strips become a measure of time, about burning faces that melt into one another. “USED REDUX” confronts the audience with seemingly incoherent, pulsating image sequences of two people, which are accompanied by throbbing, rhythmic musical patterns. The same images return in the last 10 minutes of Wolfgang Mitterer’s “networds 14 # 3” and change our perception in a changed musical context, which suddenly allows us to completely reinterpret the images we have seen.

 

PROGRAM

Ondřej Adámek
Ça tourne ça bloque
for 10 instruments and sampler (2007–08)

Jorge Sanchez-Chiong
USED REDUX
for ensemble and video 11’

Pierre Jodlowski
PEOPLE TIME
 for six instruments, live-electronics and video 25’

Wolfgang Mitterer
networds 14#3 for ensemble and electronics (2021)  (UA) d:22’

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ensemble  & electronics

PHACE | STRATA

16.Feb.2021 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Saal

PHACE Series 20/21 – N°2

A production by PHACE & Wiener Konzerthaus

ARTISTS

Nacho de Paz, conductor

PHACE

Alessandro Battici, flute
Reinhold Brunner, clarinet
Michael Krenn, saxophone
Stefan Obmann, trombone
Berndt Thurner, percussion
Mathilde Hoursiangou, piano
Ivana Pristasova, violin
Petra Ackermann, viola
Roland Schueler, cello
Alexandra Dienz, double bass
Alfred Reiter, sound

in cooperation with
ORF Österreichischer Rundfunk, Radio Österreich 1

VIDEO STREAM on 20.02.2021 (until 28.02.), starting at 20:00 Uhr here!

STRATA digs for moments of authentic, honest expression in rooms flooded with stimuli. In “Situation II/Dialoge”, Anahita Abbasi creates a wide variety of situations in which the musicians enter into dialogue-like communication in an extended instrumental context with sounds, sound sources and listeners. An exchange that arises not only through language, but also through purely sonic interaction and paves the way for a fundamental transformation of individual people and groups.

In “There’s no lack of void”, Yair Klartag deals with acoustic information overload that swallows up all meaning. Samuel Beckett provides the quote for the work title (from Waiting for Godot). “There is no shortage of emptiness” is an attempt to depict an oversupply of musical stimuli and to find moments of authentic, honest expression in the dense, overwhelming flow of musical events and ideas, without circling around oneself in a self-referential manner.

Martin Jaggi draws energy from contemplation in his work. In “Strata” he exposes one musical layer after the other and in doing so advances into ever deeper and older musical layers. Elisabeth Harnik and Lorenzo Troiani complete the program with two new works for PHACE.

PROGRAMM

Anahita Abbasi
Situation II / Dialoge
 (2016)
for ensemble 9’

Lorenzo Troiani
La vita delle conchiglie for 2 performer and ensemble (2020) (wp) 12‘
commissioned by PHACE, supported by Wiener Konzerthaus and SKE-Fonds

Martin Jaggi
Strata
for soprano sax, viola, percusssion and piano (2010-11) 10‘

Yair Klartag
There’s no lack of void

for ensemble (2016) (ÖEA) 10’

Elisabeth Harnik
someone will remember us for small ensemble (2020) (UA)  17‘
(Titel nach Sappho)
commissioned by PHACE, supported by Wiener Konzerthaus and SKE-Fonds

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ensemble, electronics 

PHACE | TUNES

public performances cancelled due to Covid19

27.Nov.2020 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Saal

PHACE Series 20/21 – N°1

A production by Wien Modern, PHACE, Wiener Konzerthaus

ARTISTS

Nacho de Paz, conductor
Markus Sepperer, oboe

PHACE

Doris Nicoletti, flute
Reinhold Brunner, clarinet
Theresa Dinkhauser / clarinet (Schurig)
Michael Krenn, saxophone
Spiros Laskaridis, trumpet
Berndt Thurner, percussion
Igor Gross, percussion
Mathilde Hoursiangou, piano
Ivana Pristasova, violin 1
Anna Lindenbaum, violin 2
Petra Ackermann, viola
Roland Schueler, cello
Maximilan Ölz, double bass
Felix Pöchhacker, guitar
Tina Zerdin, harp
Alfred Reiter, sound

 

Ö1-Zeit-Ton: Radio broadcasting on Nov 30th, 11 pm

Videostream on 29.11.2020, available at 19:30 Uhr for 7 days. 

Videostream TUNES

In the concert Tunes, lines and tracks, memories and meanings interweave to form mesmerising sound structures: The cry of the Phyllobates terribilis (golden poison frog), whose poison filled the blow dart arrows of the Columbian Embera, is the base material for the oboe section in Wolfram Schurig’s work; kokoi for oboe and ensemble paints a picture of the ambivalence of perfect beauty and death. Kaija Saariaho’s Lichtbogen (Arc of light), inspired by the northern lights of the arctic night sky, casts a sound net of vibrant colours, almost dream-like, ephemeral and nearly static. Franck Bedrossian’s Swing sends clearly traceable elements of jazz music into an interplay with sound identities. Johannes Maria Staud uses his new ensemble piece Am Horizont (… schon ganz woanders …) [At the horizon (… somewhere else already…)] to observe a strange construct of desire: Should I ever reach the horizon, it would be somewhere else already …

PROGRAM

Johannes Maria Staud
Am Horizont (…schon ganz woanders…)
music for ten instruments and pre-recorded sounds (2020)  11′
commissioned by PHACE, Osterfestival Tirol, with support by Wiener Konzerthaus and SKE-Fonds

Wolfram Schurig
kokoí for oboe and ensemble (wp) (2020) 15‘
commissioned by Wien Modern and PHACE, with support by SKE-Fonds

Kaija Saariaho
Lichtbogen
for 9 instruments and live-electronics (1986) 19‘

Franck Bedrossian
Swing
for 11 instruments (2009)  23’

a production by Wien Modern, PHACE & Wiener Konzerthaus

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ensemble & WKH series

SALON PHACE

45 minutes prior to every concert
at the Wiener Konzerthaus / Zyklus PHACE

ARTISTS

PHACE

 

 

 

SALON PHACE

In recent years, the salon has become an integral part of the PHACE series in the Vienna Konzerthaus. In an informal, open discussion, Juri Giannini (Institute of Musicology, MDW Vienna) discusses the works together with the composers, interpreters, conductors and other contributors. Based on this format, we would like to open up access to the public on different levels: insights into the creative process, the rehearsal work, the sound worlds, the musical and extra-musical references or the very personal contexts of the participants.
We look forward to numerous participation, lively exchanges and inspirational contributions!

Admission free!

voice & ensemble 

PHACE | FACE Dia.De

12.Sept.2020 // 20:00
Innsbruck, Klangspuren Schwaz – Haus der Musik

22.March.2020 // 20:00
Berlin, Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen

5.Nov.2019 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall

PHACE Series 19/20 – N°1

A production by Wien Modern, PHACE, Wiener Konzerthaus & Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen

ARTISTS
Anna Clare Hauf, voice
Annette Schönmüller
, voice
Emilio Pomarico, conductor  (Wien, Berlin)
Johannes Kalitzke, conductor (Innsbruck)

 

PHACE

Michael Krenn, saxophone (Wien, Berlin)
Alvaro Collao Leon, saxophone (Innsbruck)
Stefan Obmann, trombone
Tom Pauwels, electric guitar (Wien, Berlin)
Samuel Toro Perez (Innsbruck)
Mathilde Hoursiangou, piano
Alex Lipowski, percussion (Wien, Berlin)
Berndt Thurner ((Innsbruck)
Igor Gross, percussion
Roland Schueler, cello
Alexandra Dienz, double bass
Fredi Reiter, sound

 

 

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PROGRAM

Pierluigi Billone
FACE Dia.De
for two female voices and 8 instruments (2019) (world premiere) (65′)

commissioned by PHACE, Wien Modern and Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen
with financial support by BKA.

 

Press review:

Enthusiasm in the Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus! “A rush, I’m very drunk, it was so beautiful,” enthused a gentleman in the dressing room after the premiere of Pierluigi Billone’s 65-minute piece “FACE Dia.De”, a composition commissioned by PHACE, Wien Modern and Berliner Festival. Emilio Pomàrico directs the singers and eight musicians of the outstanding ensemble PHACE, founded in 1991, which found its artistic home with its own subscription series at the Wiener Konzerthaus, through the enormously complex score. It is reminiscent of a ritual, of a “cultic space”. FACE Dia.De was the first highlight of the Festival Wien Modern.  (Karlheinz Roschitz, Kronenzeitung, 7.11.2019)

***

“The 65-minute work for two voices, saxophone, trombone, electric guitar, piano, percussion, cello and double bass does not play with text, but lets the vocals flow in nonverbal rhythms and sounds. With self-evident virtuosity, Anna Clare Hauf and Annette Schönmüller unlock a huge spectrum of vocalizations, between expressive vocalise and cackling, the fabulous ensemble “PHACE”, under the inspired direction of Emilio Pomàrico, concentrates the shimmering, sometimes weightless, then explosively discharging sounds into a trance-like density. ” (Regine Müller, NMZ, 2/2020)

In 2016 PHACE premiered FACE for voice and ensemble (65 ‘) by Pierluigi Billone at Festival Wien Modern 2016 and later at Philharmonie Luxembourg and Festival Ultraschall Berlin. For season 2019/20 PHACE commissioned FACE Dia.De for 2 female voices and 8 instruments, which should enter and extend the dimension, which the collaboration with Face has opened.

 

Pierluigi Billone about FACE Dia De:

»›FACE Dia.De‹ is the second part of my composition ›FACE‹ for voice and ensemble from 2016. The first part of the title, ›FACE‹, is derived from the old Italian world for light or star, as well as the English concept of face. The second part, ›Dia.De‹, signals the voice is always a dyad, ie. an entity made up of two separable parts. Dia and Deare also individual references to Diamanda Galas and Demetrio Stratos, two Greek singers whose lives are an adventure of the voice. There is no text. The voice flows to its rhythms and fashions, before the words emerge, its own accents. It is a constant vocal flow in which one voice always contains the other, there are plural, vocal acts that arise in the body and out of the body. They are autonomous, pre-verbal, they are the background and the foundation on which every word could find its place, but which is unnecessary here. Also, no literary or intellectual reference is needed to encounter the singing whose completeness and autonomy reach an area where the word can only have a limiting effect.« (Pierluigi Billone)

“Pierluigi Billone belongs to one of those rare magicians, who can suspend lineal time. One assumes with his music as if to enter a ritual space”
(Heinz Rögl)

“…his radical methods have led him to explore unchartered soundworlds and to develop idiosyncratic instrumental and vocal techniques. Nevertheless, the concurrent roots of these sources of inspirations lie in an archaic world – a sacred universum – where, as if for him, the most progressive standpoint of modernity would be when music itself reaches its own phenomenal essence.”
(Philippe Albéra)

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Voice & Ensemble – Electronics – Silent Film & Live-Music – Ensemble

PHACE | BUTTERLAND

our series at
Wiener Konzerthaus
2019/20

 

CONDUCTORS
Emilio Pomarico
Lars Mlekusch
Peter Siegwart
Johannes Kalitzke

PHACE
Sylvie Lacroix , flute
Walter Seebacher, clarinet
Reinhold Brunner, clarinet
Mathilde Hoursiangou, piano
Berndt Thurner, percussion
Ivana Pristasova, violin
Petra Ackermann, viola
Roland Schueler, cello
Maximilian Ölz, double bass
Alexandra Dienz, double bass
and many more …

Land in sight? Or your own imagination, illusions, longings, illusions? PHACE goes on a journey of discovery with numerous original and premiere performances. Thrown back to their origin, their emptiness, Pierluigi Billone’s “FACE Dia.De” finds itself in the company of a second, in an energetic confluence, in the fusion and exploration of various tonal-ritual constellations with powerful instrumental islands of the ensemble. In Murnau’s silent movie »Phantom«, the main character loses himself in his own, surreal dream world. Similarly, Pedro Páramo’s “Journey to Comala,” where the voice of the dead unfolds the story of a corrupt community full of illusions, navigates the audience into a limbo of time and space. “Figures on the horizon” appear in the form of sounding obituaries by Johannes Kalitzke, and finally PHACE presents a highly anticipated world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud.

Before each concert, Juri Giannini will speak at 6.45 pm at Neuer Salon with composers of the respective evening.

Termine in diesem Zyklus
MO 05.11.2019 KH Zyklus 1 – PHACE | FACE DIA.DE – Stimmen und Ensemble
MI 10.01.2020 KH Zyklus 2 – PHACE | PHANTOM – Stummfilm & Livemusik
MI 18.03.2020 KH Zyklus 3 – PHACE | REISE NACH COMALA – Vokalensemble, Ensemble & Live-Elektronik
DI 15.05.2020 KH Zyklus 4 – PHACE | FIGUREN AM HORIZONT – Ensemble

Find the program details by following the links to the respective concert.

Download Folder BUTTERLAND – please check back later!

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ensemble

PHACE »Figuren am Horizont«

15.May.2020 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Hall

PHACE Series 19/20 – N°4

a production by PHACE & Wiener Konzerthaus

 

 

 

ARTISTS

Ivana Pristašová, Violine
Johannes Kalitzke
, Dirigent

PHACE

 

 

 

PROGRAM

Johannes Maria Staud
Am Horizont (…schon ganz woanders…)   
Music for ten instruments and tape (2020) (UA)   14′
commisioned by PHACE, Osterfestival Tirol, kindly supported by Wiener Konzerthaus

Anna Korsun
Plexus for ensemble (2014) (Austrian premiere)

Joanna Wozny
like little … sunderings
for flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, violin, cello, double bass and tape (2016)

Johannes Kalitzke
Figuren am Horizont
– five obituaries for violin solo and six players (2011)

 

Screaming, gasping and shimmering – emerging from pulsing, tonal shoals, just to vanish into dizzying heights. Playful, but virtuous, Anna Korsun’s piece for ensemble, Plexus, creates a compelling hyper-instrument, where separate instrumental actions constitute tiny segments, which come together as an eerily beautiful sound structure.

Like little … sunderings by Joanna Wozny engages with the acoustics of language from two different angles: Playing with electronic effects, the elements of speech are transformed, mutating into noise. By dissolving whispered words into their reduced form of hissed sounds, into filtered, white whirring of electronic sounds, noises are sensed as (imaginable) language.

Johannes Kalitzke’s work Figuren am Horizont (figures on the horizon) evokes sonorous memories of departed artistic colleagues. No names are mentioned – the composer stages different types of obituaries: In each of the five movements, a different approach guides the change of state. The transition from life to death is either faced in approval or total reluctance. Abstract mathematical principles, historical points of reference function as metaphors as well as a fundament for the composition. A concluding sketch of a house of light assembles familiar elements, underlying a process of clarification, “only leaving the shadow of the Wienerlied”.

Johannes Maria Staud’s new piece for ensemble is expected with excitement.

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ensemble & voices & electronics

PHACE | Reise nach Comala

10.Mar.2020 // 20:00
Basel, Gare du Nord

18.Mar.2020 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Hall
PHACE Series 19/20 – N°3

a production by PHACE, Vokalensemble Zürich, Wiener Konzerthaus and IGNM Basel, in cooperation with ICST Zürich and Gare du Nord

 

Germán Toro Pérez, music / libretto
Stefan Nolte, libretto
Peter Siegwart, conductor

ARTISTS

Florian Bogner, electronics & sound
Germán Toro Pérez, electronics & sound

PHACE

Doris Nicoletti, flute
Michael Krenn, saxophone
Daniel Riegler, trombone
Berndt Thurner, percussion
Ivana Pristasova, violin
Petra Ackermann, viola
Roland Schueler, cello
Alexandra Dienz, double bass

Vokalensemble Zürich

Keiko Enomoto, soprano
Muriel Schwarz , sopran, solo Susana
Gianna Lunardi, mezzosoprano
Akira Tachikawa, altus
Reto Hofstetter, tenor
Jean Knutti, tenor
Chasper Mani, baritone
Jean-Christophe Groffe, bass

Voices (tape)
Jessica Früh: Eduviges · Damiana · Dorotea
Mona Petri: Susana · Nackte Frau
Jonas Rüegg: Juan Preciado · Kaiman
Joachim Aeschlimann: Abundio · Miguel · Nackter Mann · Revolutionär
André Willmund: Pedro Páramo
Ingo Ospelt: Pater Renteria · Bartolomé · Revolutionär
Lukas Waldvogel: Fulgor · Priester aus Contla · Revolutionär

 

 

PROGRAM

Germán Toro Pérez
»Reise nach Comala«
theater of voices, based on the novel «Pedro Páramo (1955)» by Juan Rulfo

Live-Radio-Play-Version für voices, ensemble and electronics

 

“We have to dig up the dead again and again, because only from them can we obtain a future.” (Heiner Müller)

The music theatre Reise nach Comala (Journey to Comala) is a conversation with the dead. The fallen Mexican village Comala is a place where the voices of the unredeemed are preserved and continue to resonate.

The work is based on Juan Rulfo’s only novel, Pedro Páramo (1955), which is nowadays acknowledged as a classic of modern Latin-American literature and regarded as a solitary, bold pioneer of Magic Realism. Highly symbolic and allegorical, Rulfo reviews the revolutionary era in Mexico and its social and individual preconditions.  The drama portrays a rigid community trapped in a system of dependency and complicity, self-deception and corruption. Unable to struggle for renewal, memory fragments about Comala and its story under Páramo’s autocracy are told, interwoven at various time levels. The more and more disoriented reader is invited to reconfigure the story for himself.

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Germán Toro Perez’ work is a “theater of voices”, a multi-layered sound space, in which the clear boundary between audience and stage will be blurred. Generally inspired by aspects of life and reality that are transformed into musical forms by means of abstraction processes, the composer Germán Toro Pérez has been focusing on the Mexican author, his literary devices and his existential issues for several years: “The contradictory, prismatic identity of modern man and the word as a base for creating worlds.” (Germán Toro Pérez). In almost tangible presence, speaking or singing voices, visible or disembodied, create a hallucinatory and labyrinthine compartmentalized sound cosmos.

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