You don't have to be a mathematician to appreciate Xenakis

Day 1 of the Xenakis Festival @ the Royal Conservatoire The Hague 19 April 2012

Xenakis - Géometrie spatiale was the name of a three day event to celebrate the music of Iannis Xenakis, with lectures, workshops, a cello masterclass and concerts. The Intsitute of Sonology hosted the event.

An introduction started off the concert, in which a notable wisdom was quoted:"You don't have to be a geologist to understand vulcanoes and you don't have to be a mathematician to appreciate Xenakis."

The concert itself was a mix of electro-acoustic pieces and works for solo instrument. Akane Takada performed the Xenakis composition A.R. A short piece of rythmic piano play. After that Polytope de Cluny overwhelmed the audience with a wall of sound like an ocean. Then percussionist Mei-Yi Lee left everbody stunned, with her brilliant interpretation of the piece Rebonds. A piece Iannis wrote in 1987-88. Followed by an new electro-acoustic compostion by Babis Giannakopoulos named La semaine sanglante II. A piece based on transformation of acoustic instruments.


Mei-Yi Lee

Embedded between several electro-acoustical works by Xenakis (S-709, Orient-Occident and Polytope de Montreal) there was the Tour de Force by cellist Arne Deforce. Arne interpret the dynamic and complex compisition Nomos Alpha. With beside arco much pizzicato and arco battuto. The relatively large audience (for a new music concert) received his masterly performance very well.


Arne Deforce

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