Université D’Altitude 2016 — Interview

Hugo Warinsky interviewed yours truly at the end of Université D’Altitude International Workshop for Young Composers (Saint-Martin-Vèsubie, France, 2016), so here you can listen to me [trying to] explain the musical ideas behind my Vértigo (2016), which was wonderfully premiered back there by the amazing Ensemble Multilatérale.

Hope you enjoy or, at least, have fun!

 

 

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New recording! — Vértigo (2016)

I am pleased to share the recording of the premiere of my piece Vértigo (2016), for Bass Flute, Bass Clarinet, Harp, Violin and Violoncello. It comes from the second concert of the Université D’Altitude 2016 — with Yann Robin and Raphaël Cendo as teachers and the Ensemble Multilatérale as visiting ensemble— that took place on July the 9th at the Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, Saint-Martin-Vèsubie, France.

I must thank all the musicians of the ensemble for their magnificent work during the whole Academy an also for their brilliant performance.

Ensemble Multilatérale:

Bass Flute: Matteo Cesari
Bass Clarinet: Alain Billard
Harp: Aurélie Saraf
Violin: Antoine Maisonhaute
Violoncello: Pablo Tognan

Conductor: Léo Warinsky

Programme notes for the premiere (French):

“Dans cette pièce, j’ai essayé de créer des séries d’objets sonores hybrides en travaillant sur leurs caractéristiques spectro-morphologiques. L’énergie physique déployée par les interprètes joue un rôle structurant dans cette pièce, créant a la fois un matériau sonore et le discours musical lui-même. Cela contribue à créer une énergie particulière et une atmosphère spéciale, dans laquelle les relations entre le objets sonores tendent à provoquer une sensation de vertige ou de désorientation.”

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

New recording! — Don’t condescend [Don’t even disagree] (Ensemble neoN)

I am so happy to share this new recording by the magnificent Ensemble neoN, from Norway. They performed this little quintet fiercely during the first concert of MATA Festival 2016, which took place on April the 12th at Scandinavia House, New York City.

I am very thankful for their great work! The recording is amazing. I hope you enjoy it!

Flute: Yumi Murakami
Bass Clarinet in Bb: Kristine Tjøgersen
Piano: Heloísa Gomes do Amaral
Violin: Karin Hellqvist
Violoncello: Inga Byrkjeland

Conductor: Magnus Loddgard

Programme notes (by Todd Tarantino, MATA’s Executive Director):

“Built from a limited number of scarcely modified musical cells that interact and react, Tamame’s work treats its musical materials as pixels, as in a computer-generated image. As pointillist art coalesces into a larger image when granted spatial distance, Tamame’s cels, each intense, energetic, violent even, together coalesce into a unified wall of sound that moves forward in a seeming directional narrative. “Seeming” is the important word. Although the instrumentalists unquestioningly move toward a goal, the discourse itself is flat. Tamame writes: “this is a representation of the idea of ‘white noise’ —even though the sonic nature of the materials bear little resemblance to white noise itself— which while extremely energetic is also the flattest and most homogeneous of them all”. Don’t condescend [Don’t even disagree] is dedicated to the Meitar Ensemble, who premiered the work in Tel Aviv.”

The New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2016/04/14/arts/m…aranoia.html?_r=0

New York Classical Review: newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/04/mat…rreverence/

 

News — MATA Festival reviews

There you go with two reviews of the concert by Ensemble neoN —last Tuesday, April the 12th, at Scandinavia House, NYC—, the opening night for MATA Festival 2016. They played music by Alexander Kaiser, Seán Clancy, Jan Martin Smørdal, Matthew Welch, Neil Luck and my Don’t Condescend [Don’t Even Disagree] (2014), for quintet.

The first one is by The New York Times’ critic Anthony Tommasini, the second is by New York Classical Review’s George Grella.

TNYT review

“…The young Spanish composer Diego Jiménez Tamame packs a lot of dense, restless music into his five-minute “Don’t Condescend [Don’t Even Disagree].” It unfolds with violent shifts and gnashing chords as motifs and cells of pitches interact and recombine…

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NYCR review

“…Don’t condescend sounds like a dense burst of white noise, disassembled, with the parts all heading back to coalesce at a central point. The well-executed writing is full of power and gnarled timbres…” 

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Media — The New Yorker

So! The New Yorker just announced the first concert of MATA Festival 2016, where Ensemble neoN will perform my quintet Don’t condescend [Don’t even disagree] (2014), along music by Alexander Kaiser, Matthew Welch, Seán Clancy, Neil Luck and Jan Martin Smørdal.

Here’s the link. Check it out and get your tickets soon, if you haven’t already!

New recording!

There you go with a new brilliant recording of my piece “Don’t Condescend [Don’t even disagree]” (2014) by the musicians of the Academy for the New Music CSMA conducted by Nacho de Paz on a wonderful concert—yesterday, November the 18th 2014 at the Eduardo del Pueyo Concert Hall at the Superior Music Conservatory of Aragón, Zaragoza, Spain— with an enthusiastic audience that ACTUALLY participated in the after-concert talk –and asked challenging questions, like “Do you see the world in this wicked way indeed?”—.

Flute: Marta Gómez Alonso
Bass Clarinet in Bb: Adrián Bartolomé Manzanos
Piano: Carlos Sanchís Aguirre
Violin: Laura Espino Muñoz
Violoncello: Marco Castrillo Ibáñez

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

New video recording!

Here you go with a video recording of my piece Don’t condescend [Don’t even disagree] (2014).

It was performed in two concerts during the SIRGA Festival — Musiques de recerca y patrimoni, that took place on Flix, Tortosa, Ascó and Barcelona between July the 7th and 20th, 2014. This recording is from a concert on July the 18th at Flix’s church.

The Ensemble Interface —and Marco Fusi— performed music by Tristan Murail (Treize colours du soleil couchant), Pierluigi BilloneSilvia Pepe, Lorenzo Restagno, María Misael Gauchat, Joan Magrané Figueras and myself.

Ensemble Interface

Flute: Bettina Berger
Bass Clarinet in Bb: Richard Haynes
Piano: Anna D’errico
Violin: Corinna Canzian
Violoncello: Christoph Mathias

Don’t condescend [Don’t even disagree]

Here you go with a new recording of my pieces Don’t condescend [Don’t even disagree] (2014).

It was performed in two concerts during the SIRGA Festival — Musiques de recerca y patrimoni, that took place on Flix, Tortosa, Ascó and Barcelona between July the 7th and 20th. This recording is from a concert on July the 17th at the Conservatory of Music of Tortosa.

The Ensemble Interface performed music by Tristan Murail (Treize colours du soleil couchant), Silvia Pepe, Lorenzo Restagno, María Misael Gauchat and myself.

Ensemble Interface

Flute: Bettina Berger
Bass Clarinet in Bb: Richard Haynes
Piano: Anna D’errico
Violin: Corinna Canzian
Violoncello: Christoph Mathias

 

Hope you enjoy it!

Don’t Condescend [Don’t even disagree]

There you go with a new recording.

Premiere of “Don’t condescend [Don’t even disagree]” (2014), for five players, by the musicians of the Meitar Ensemble and the Tedarim Project on May the 31st, 2014, at the “Ran Baron” Hall of the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv.
Final concert for the Contemporary Encounters II Course.

Flute: Anat Nazarathy
Bass Clarinet in Bb: Gilad Harel
Piano: Omri Abram
Violin: Carmel Raz
Violoncello: Yoni Gotlibovich.

This piece is just going to be performed again by Ensemble Interface at the SIRGA Festival, in Tortosa and Flix (Catalonia, Spain), on July the 17th and 18th.