Sciarrino's use of extended technique, sparsity, and silence is astounding, inspiring. He leans towards sparse instrumentation, airy orchestrations. Each instrument a composition breathes, exploring its acoustic space in the environment of the composition.
I was going to attend this concert even before I read that it "sound-paints the colors of the sky at sunset." Hot dog! That's for me!
Presented by the Experimental Sound Studio
Friday September 25, 2015 | 7pm
5925 N Ravenswood, Chicago
Embracing the operatic spirit of Sciarrino’s La perfezione di un spirito sottile, Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) presents Fonema Consort in an outdoor musical experience within the private atmosphere of the studio’s garden. In this program, the ecstatic crescendo of James Tenney’s Having Never Written a Note for Percussion for solo tam-tam functions as an overture to the spellbinding atmosphere of Sciarrino’s quasi opera. This program sound-paints the colors of the sky at sunset with an extensive but focused immersion in the sound properties of the instrumental medium. Featuring Nathalie Colas (soprano), Dalia Chin (flute) and Ryan Packard (percussion).
Salvatore Sciarrino | La perfezione di un spirito sottile
James Tenney | Having Never Written a Note for Percussion