Anton Lukoszevieze (cello and voice)
Amnon Wolman (electronics)
Wednesday 7 February 2018
7.30pm, Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University
Cellist Anton Lukoszevieze presents recent pieces for cello, voice and electronics by composer Amnon Wolman as part of their ongoing collaborations.
A’s Album (2013)
Dangerous Bend (1999)
Use Crosswalk (2017)
I have known Anton the cellist and the person for more than twenty years. I think that when I write for cello, and it doesn’t matter what is the size of the ensemble or who is the cellist, I write, in my mind, for Anton. What I mean is that while writing when I try to imagine how it will be played I imagine how Anton will play it.
A’s Album is from 2013, and Wednesday will be the premiere. It is a collection of pieces, of which only two are finished and presented. They are highly personal as they use narrated fiction that I’ve written which is a first for me. They are written for Anton, but the name is just as much about me as it is about Anton. (It is with fixed media)
Dangerous Bend was written for Anton in 1999, who recorded it for the Cycling74 label (2001.) I think this piece all about its sounds, While working I got these electronic sounds that I loved, I chose sounds on the cello that I though would match them and that I also like. Finally I put them in order so they present a clear musical narrative. (It is with fixed media)
Use Crosswalk was finished in November 2017, and premiered in Boston. It attempts to combine my ideas about creating music in people’s imagination with live music. The video will present some instructions about how to add sounds to the ones played. The electronic sounds and the video will be played live.
Cellist and inter-disciplinary artist Anton Lukoszevieze is one of the most diverse performers of his generation and is notable for his performances of avant-garde, experimental and improvised music. Anton has given many performances at numerous international festivals throughout Europe and the USA (Maerzmusik, Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, GAS, Transart, Ultima) and BBC Radio 3. Deutschlandfunk, Berlin produced a radio portrait of him in September, 2003. Anton has also performed concerti with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the 2001 Aldeburgh festival, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Tectonics Festival, as well as performances with contemporary vocal ensemble Exaudi and King’s College Choir, Cambridge. He is notable for his use of the curved bow (BACH-Bogen), which he is using to develop new repertoire for the cello. From 2005-7 he was New Music Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge and Kettle’s Yard Gallery. Anton is the subject of seven films by the renowned artist-filmmaker Jayne Parker. In addition he acted and performed in 3 films by the artist Beatrice Gibson. From 2003-14 he was a member of Zeitkratzer and in 2008 made his contemporary dance debut with the Vincent Dance Company in Broken Chords, Dusseldorf. His compositions have been performed by Apartment House, Exaudi, Rhodri Davies, Luce Mense, Mark Knoop, Musica Nova, Tel Aviv and An Assembly. Anton has premiered and commissioned new works for cello by a multitude of contemporary composers, including Christian Wolff, Christopher Fox, Gerhard Staebler, Amnon Wolman, Kunsu Shim, Laurence Crane, Richard Ayres, Phill Niblock, Sven Lyder Karhs, Jennifer Walshe, Claudia Molitor, Rytis Mažulis, Arturas Bumšteinas, Ričardis Kabelis, Juste Janulytė, Richard Emsley, James Saunders, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Alwynne Pritchard, Peter Eötvös, Egidija Medekšaite, Joseph Kudirka, Benedict Drew, Bryn Harrison, Joseph Kudirka, Mathew Adkins. Karkheinz Essl, Zbigniew Karkowski, Michael Winter and Reinhold Friedl. He has made many CD and vinyl releases. In June 2009 he was awarded the ‘Millennium Star’ medal, for services to Lithuanian culture, by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2012 he was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for outstanding contribution to chamber music. He is the founder and Director of Apartment House.
Amnon Wolman is a sound artist and a composer whose work is grounded in a belief that music as an art form expresses many dissimilar ideas of beauty. He works in four arenas: sound art, performance sound-art, composition and collaborative projects. His interest and involvement in technology and in issues of time-information guide his work alongside long-standing interests in the creative process, the relationship between a performer and the artist, and collaborations. Prof. Wolman is a well-regarded composition teacher. He taught at Northwestern University, The City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Tel Aviv University, and in numerous master classes and summer courses. He is currently on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and the artistic director of Ensemble Musica Nova in Tel Aviv. In the Fall of 2012 he was a guest professor of composition at Harvard University as a Schusterman Visiting Artist. Amnon is Visiting Research Fellow at Bath Spa University from January to March 2018.