Interconexiones (ENG)

We are very excited to announce a new project “Interconexiones: New Oboe Quartets» which consists of the commissions and premieres of five new oboe quartets. Two quartets will be written by up-and-coming Spanish composers; Maricarmen Asenjo-Marrodán (born in 1978 in Seville and based in Córdoba) and Pilar Miralles (born in Almeria, Spain in 1997, based in Helsinki) and the remaining three works will be written by composers; John Richard Durant (born in the UK in 1960, based in Seville), Luke Styles (born in Australia in 1982, based in London), Althea Talbot-Howard (born in Nigeria in 1966, grew up in Australia and based in London).

“Interconexiones: New Oboe Quartets» will be premiered by the Cuarteto Emispherio during the 2022-2023 ROSS chamber music cycle: XXXIII Ciclo de Música de Cámara on Sunday March 5, 2023 at 12:00 at the “Espacio Turina” concert hall. “Programación de la temporada 2022-2023”:

Interconexiones: New Oboe Quartets

Uncertain Paths for oboe quartet and electronics (2022) –  Maricarmen Asenjo – Marrodán «Uncertain Paths is a work in progress for the Emispherio quartet. Organized in three movements, it also incorporates electronics. As in my last works, I conceive this one in many cases almost as a live simulation where the instrumental sounds are transformed from various procedures, from some simpler ones such as reverberation, spatialization or modulation to others somewhat more complex such as granular synthesis procedures. From a creative point of view, Uncertain Paths underlies a search process, the need to travel new paths, sheltered under the sole certainty that «one steps back securely but advances with hesitation”.

Mosaicos (2022) – John Richard Durant «Just as mosaics are patterns or images made of small regular or irregular pieces of coloured stone, glass or ceramic, so “Mosaicos” is similarly constructed from small fragments of musical ideas which develop into musical images. The quartet will consist of five short movements that are all connected but could also be performed separately as stand-alone miniatures. The musical idea in the composition came from the infinite variety of colour and shade that can be created when very small elements are juxtaposed to make a whole. In the same way in which pixels are used in today’s hi-tech world, so «Mosaicos» highlights the musical «pixel» ; the single idea or note that forms part of the greater whole. In turn, these short movements named after great European mosaics can be viewed separately, or as part of the greater family of mosaics that originated in Mesopotamia some 4,000 years ago».

Anti-Philosophy of the Subject – Mankind’s Origin Is in Its Fellows (2002) Pilar Miralles «The «Anti-Philosophy of the Subject» was described by one of the characters featured in Agnès Varda’s 2000 documentary film «The Gleaners and I»: mankind’s origin is in its fellows. The human dignity is attained when the fellow neighbor is above the self, when the people is taken into consideration first, then whatever is left. During the piece, the public will hear part of a poem by Miguel Hernández (Vuelo [“Flight”] from Poemas últimos [“Last Poems”], 1939-1941) and will be invited to participate in direct contact with our fellowship dimension. The specific moment and form of these experiences will not be revealed until the time of the performance.»

Capturing Anthems (2022) – Luke Styles «This work captures fragments of anthems and folk songs transforming them into a rich musical fabric. Like losing something shiny in a deep pond, the fragments of music sometimes catch the light and entice you to keep looking for them, ever drawing the listener into the depths of the music but never allowing themselves to be unearthed or taken away».

Seville Cathedral – A Study in Memory, in Arch Form  (2022), A Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, with Aluphone Handbell – Althea Talbot-Howard «This is the working title of the piece I plan to compose for Cuarteto Emispherio. It will be the second in a set of Studies in Memory – pieces about long-gone past experiences; and the third in a thematic set about iconic church buildings.  The connected pieces are Rievaulx – A Study in Memory; and Byzantion I – Hagia Sophia. I visited Seville Cathedral in the mid-1990s, whilst touring Spain with the London Chamber Players.  I remember the orange trees: and being astonished at its size. I walked from one section to another – finally ending up in the courtyard outside. There was so much to see. In my Father’s house are many rooms… I plan to include an Aluphone handbell, or two – to represent La Giralda.  Proposed compositional features remain confidential:  but I expect the music to be in accord with my normal, overarching post-minimalist aesthetic.

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