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Afatsim

Afatsim

for mixed ensemble


  • Instrumentation: mixed ensemble
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description

Afatsim (Hebrew) are galls. Webster’s dictionary defines galls as a swelling or excrescence of the tissues of a plant that results from the attack of parasites, often distinguished by a characteristic shape of color. For example, alpogall is a hard brittle spherical body that is about the size of a hickory nut and is produced on the twigs of an oak by a gall wasp.

Searching for an alternative to a linear dramatic temporal experience, this piece suggested a way in which time might be disfigured like an infestation of galls on the surface continuity of a branch. The nonet is subdivided into four composite instruments: viola and bass flute, violin and oboe, cello and clarinet, and piano, double bass and percussion. In each section of the piece, the interrelationships of this “quartet” changes. There might be four disparate polyphonic voices of this composite quartet, or the entire ensemble might magnify a single line of the flute, when in fact, this line had originally been conceived as only a single voice of pre-composed viola/flute material. Consequently, the perspective on the material and the ensemble zooms in and out as if the “lens” of the listener was in constant flux. Furthermore, coherent, well characterized (even eccentric), extremely gestured and physical musical behaviours are fragmented or torn off into “sentences,” “half sentences,” “words,” and “half words.” These then are recombined to create new “utterances.” This disfigurement subverts the ability for linear prediction, but does not altogether discard a resynthesized “strange” and implicit narrative continuity, on which like the branch, the disfigurement is grafted. The piece is dedicated to the Ensemble Recherché. – Chaya Czernowin & Steven Kazuo Takasugi

Details
Auftragswerk : commissioned by musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 11. Oktober 1996 Graz, Kongress, Kammermusiksaal (A) musikprotokoll 1996 · Dirigent: Kwame Ryan · ensemble recherche
Year of composition: 1996
instrumentation: Bassfl. · Ob. · Bassklar. - P. S. (Marimba · 2 krummgeschlagene Beck. · Gong) (1 Spieler) - Klav. - Vl. · Va. · Vc. · Kb. [5-Saiter]
Performances
Conductor: Stephen Drury
Orchestra: Callithumpian Consort
2016-10-15 | Guanajuato (Mexico), Universidad, Auditorio General | national Premiere
Conductor: Stephen Drury
Orchestra: Calithumpian Consort
2016-06-19 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall
2015-01-26 | Klagenfurt (Austria), Gemeindezentrum St. Ruprecht
2014-08-17 | Saarbrücken (Germany), Rathaus, Festsaal
Conductor: Michael Lewanski
Orchestra: Depaul University
2014-06-07 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Depaul University School of Music Concert Hall
Orchestra: Ensemble Mocrep
2014-05-23 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), DePaul University
2013-10-31 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
2013-10-29 | Boston, MA (United States of America), New England Conservatory — Open Forum
Conductor: Michael Wendeberg
2013-09-14 | Luzern (Switzerland), Lukaskirche — 11:00 | national Premiere
2012-11-16 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago
Orchestra: ensemble reflexion K
2011-09-11 | Lübeck (Germany), Kolosseum
Orchestra: ensemble reflexion K
2011-09-09 | Eckernförde (Germany), Nicolaikirche
2010-06-17 | Boston, MA (United States of America), New England Conservatory, Brown Hall
Orchestra: ensemble recherche
2010-01-16 | Freiburg (Germany), Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Tim Weiss
2009-12-11 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Conductor: Stephen Drury
2009-10-19 | Boston, MA (United States of America), New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Conductor: Christopher Jones
2009-09-13 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), ODC Dance Commons — 20.00 h
Conductor: Adam Ferguson
Orchestra: LS2 The School of Music Contemporary Music Ensemble
2009-04-24 | Leeds (United Kingdom), Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music — 18.00 h
Conductor: Emilio Pomárico
Orchestra: Klangforum Wien
2009-03-26 | Wien (Austria), Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal — 19.30 Uhr
Orchestra: ensemble reflexion K
2009-02-27 | Eckernförde (Germany), Nicolaikirche
Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra: Norrbotten NEO
2008-02-18 | Stockholm (Sweden), Nybrokajen 11 — 19.00 h - Portrait Chaya Czernowin
Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra: Norrbotten NEO
2008-02-02 | Piteå (Sweden)
Conductor: Enno Poppe
Orchestra: ensemble mosaik
2006-09-21 | Leipzig (Germany), Werk II Kulturfabik — 20.00 Uhr - MachtMusik - Festival für politische Musik
Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
Orchestra: Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik
2005-08-18 | Salzburg (Austria), republic — 19.30 Uhr - Portraitkonzert Chaya Czernowin | national Premiere
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
Orchestra: Ensemble TIMF (Tongyeong International Music Festival)
2004-08-10 | Darmstadt (Germany), Orangerie
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
Orchestra: Ensemble TIMF (Tongyeong International Music Festival)
2004-07-30 | Seoul (South Korea), Kumho Art Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Nizan Leibovich
Orchestra: Israel Contemporary Players
2004-02-29 | Jerusalem (Israel), Music Centre
Conductor: Nizan Leibovich
Orchestra: Israel Contemporary Players
2004-02-28 | Tel Aviv (Israel)
Orchestra: ensemble recherche
2004-01-19 | Berlin (Germany), sophiensaele
Conductor: Roger Redgate
Orchestra: Ensemble Exposé
2003-11-27 | Durham (United Kingdom), Durham Musicon
Conductor: Roger Redgate
Orchestra: Ensemble Exposé
2003-11-25 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), St. Paul’s Hall — 13.00 h
Orchestra: Ensemble Exposé
2003-11-21 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), St. Pauls Hall — 13.00h, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Conductor: Jean-Philippe Wurtz
Orchestra: Ensemble LINEA
2003-10-15 | Strasbourg (France), Espace Apollonia
Conductor: Manfred Schreier
Orchestra: Ensemble Polyphonie T
2003-06-06 | Stuttgart (Germany), Leonhardskirche — 19.00 Uhr
Conductor: Manfred Schreier
Orchestra: Studierende der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
2003-03-26 | Trossingen (Germany), Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
Orchestra: Ensemble Aventure
2003-03-21 | Freiburg (Germany), Elisabeth-Schneider-Stiftung
Orchestra: Ensemble Aventure
2003-02-09 | Wiesbaden (Germany), Hessisches Staatstheater, Foyer — 15.00 Uhr - „musik-theater-werkstatt“ | national Premiere
Orchestra: ensemble aventure
2002-12-01 | Bludenz (Austria), Remise — 11.00 Uhr
Orchestra: Ensemble Exposé
2002-09-26 | London (United Kingdom), The Warehouse
Conductor: Isao Matsushita
Orchestra: Ensemble Kochi
2002-02-09 | Tokyo (Japan), Kyu Sogakudo | national Premiere
Conductor: Kwame Ryan
Orchestra: ensemble recherche
1996-10-11 | Graz (Austria), Kongress, Kammermusiksaal | World Premiere
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Afatsim (Hebrew) are galls. Webster’s dictionary defines galls as a swelling or excrescence of the tissues of a plant that results from the attack of parasites, often distinguished by a characteristic shape of color. For example, alpogall is a hard brittle spherical body that is about the size of a hickory nut and is produced on the twigs of an oak by a gall wasp.

Searching for an alternative to a linear dramatic temporal experience, this piece suggested a way in which time might be disfigured like an infestation of galls on the surface continuity of a branch. The nonet is subdivided into four composite instruments: viola and bass flute, violin and oboe, cello and clarinet, and piano, double bass and percussion. In each section of the piece, the interrelationships of this “quartet” changes. There might be four disparate polyphonic voices of this composite quartet, or the entire ensemble might magnify a single line of the flute, when in fact, this line had originally been conceived as only a single voice of pre-composed viola/flute material. Consequently, the perspective on the material and the ensemble zooms in and out as if the “lens” of the listener was in constant flux. Furthermore, coherent, well characterized (even eccentric), extremely gestured and physical musical behaviours are fragmented or torn off into “sentences,” “half sentences,” “words,” and “half words.” These then are recombined to create new “utterances.” This disfigurement subverts the ability for linear prediction, but does not altogether discard a resynthesized “strange” and implicit narrative continuity, on which like the branch, the disfigurement is grafted. The piece is dedicated to the Ensemble Recherché. – Chaya Czernowin & Steven Kazuo Takasugi

Auftragswerk : commissioned by musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 11. Oktober 1996 Graz, Kongress, Kammermusiksaal (A) musikprotokoll 1996 · Dirigent: Kwame Ryan · ensemble recherche
Year of composition: 1996
instrumentation: Bassfl. · Ob. · Bassklar. - P. S. (Marimba · 2 krummgeschlagene Beck. · Gong) (1 Spieler) - Klav. - Vl. · Va. · Vc. · Kb. [5-Saiter]
Conductor: Stephen Drury
Orchestra: Callithumpian Consort
2016-10-15 | Guanajuato (Mexico), Universidad, Auditorio General | national Premiere
Conductor: Stephen Drury
Orchestra: Calithumpian Consort
2016-06-19 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall
2015-01-26 | Klagenfurt (Austria), Gemeindezentrum St. Ruprecht
2014-08-17 | Saarbrücken (Germany), Rathaus, Festsaal
Conductor: Michael Lewanski
Orchestra: Depaul University
2014-06-07 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Depaul University School of Music Concert Hall
Orchestra: Ensemble Mocrep
2014-05-23 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), DePaul University
2013-10-31 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
2013-10-29 | Boston, MA (United States of America), New England Conservatory — Open Forum
Conductor: Michael Wendeberg
2013-09-14 | Luzern (Switzerland), Lukaskirche — 11:00 | national Premiere
2012-11-16 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago
Orchestra: ensemble reflexion K
2011-09-11 | Lübeck (Germany), Kolosseum
Orchestra: ensemble reflexion K
2011-09-09 | Eckernförde (Germany), Nicolaikirche
2010-06-17 | Boston, MA (United States of America), New England Conservatory, Brown Hall
Orchestra: ensemble recherche
2010-01-16 | Freiburg (Germany), Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft — 20.00 Uhr
Conductor: Tim Weiss
2009-12-11 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Conductor: Stephen Drury
2009-10-19 | Boston, MA (United States of America), New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
Conductor: Christopher Jones
2009-09-13 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), ODC Dance Commons — 20.00 h
Conductor: Adam Ferguson
Orchestra: LS2 The School of Music Contemporary Music Ensemble
2009-04-24 | Leeds (United Kingdom), Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music — 18.00 h
Conductor: Emilio Pomárico
Orchestra: Klangforum Wien
2009-03-26 | Wien (Austria), Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal — 19.30 Uhr
Orchestra: ensemble reflexion K
2009-02-27 | Eckernförde (Germany), Nicolaikirche
Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra: Norrbotten NEO
2008-02-18 | Stockholm (Sweden), Nybrokajen 11 — 19.00 h - Portrait Chaya Czernowin
Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra: Norrbotten NEO
2008-02-02 | Piteå (Sweden)
Conductor: Enno Poppe
Orchestra: ensemble mosaik
2006-09-21 | Leipzig (Germany), Werk II Kulturfabik — 20.00 Uhr - MachtMusik - Festival für politische Musik
Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
Orchestra: Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik
2005-08-18 | Salzburg (Austria), republic — 19.30 Uhr - Portraitkonzert Chaya Czernowin | national Premiere
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
Orchestra: Ensemble TIMF (Tongyeong International Music Festival)
2004-08-10 | Darmstadt (Germany), Orangerie
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
Orchestra: Ensemble TIMF (Tongyeong International Music Festival)
2004-07-30 | Seoul (South Korea), Kumho Art Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Nizan Leibovich
Orchestra: Israel Contemporary Players
2004-02-29 | Jerusalem (Israel), Music Centre
Conductor: Nizan Leibovich
Orchestra: Israel Contemporary Players
2004-02-28 | Tel Aviv (Israel)
Orchestra: ensemble recherche
2004-01-19 | Berlin (Germany), sophiensaele
Conductor: Roger Redgate
Orchestra: Ensemble Exposé
2003-11-27 | Durham (United Kingdom), Durham Musicon
Conductor: Roger Redgate
Orchestra: Ensemble Exposé
2003-11-25 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), St. Paul’s Hall — 13.00 h
Orchestra: Ensemble Exposé
2003-11-21 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), St. Pauls Hall — 13.00h, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Conductor: Jean-Philippe Wurtz
Orchestra: Ensemble LINEA
2003-10-15 | Strasbourg (France), Espace Apollonia
Conductor: Manfred Schreier
Orchestra: Ensemble Polyphonie T
2003-06-06 | Stuttgart (Germany), Leonhardskirche — 19.00 Uhr
Conductor: Manfred Schreier
Orchestra: Studierende der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
2003-03-26 | Trossingen (Germany), Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
Orchestra: Ensemble Aventure
2003-03-21 | Freiburg (Germany), Elisabeth-Schneider-Stiftung
Orchestra: Ensemble Aventure
2003-02-09 | Wiesbaden (Germany), Hessisches Staatstheater, Foyer — 15.00 Uhr - „musik-theater-werkstatt“ | national Premiere
Orchestra: ensemble aventure
2002-12-01 | Bludenz (Austria), Remise — 11.00 Uhr
Orchestra: Ensemble Exposé
2002-09-26 | London (United Kingdom), The Warehouse
Conductor: Isao Matsushita
Orchestra: Ensemble Kochi
2002-02-09 | Tokyo (Japan), Kyu Sogakudo | national Premiere
Conductor: Kwame Ryan
Orchestra: ensemble recherche
1996-10-11 | Graz (Austria), Kongress, Kammermusiksaal | World Premiere