|Mutanti - Photo: la Biennale di Venezia © 2011|
(Venice, Italy) Mutants and mutations is the theme of the La Biennale's 55th International Festival of Contemporary Music. Is mankind losing the ability to think deeply, vertically, on a profound level? Are we being fed superficial, horizontal knowledge? Are we losing our memory? Here are some excerpts of a conversation between Luca Francesconi, the Artistic Director of the music festival, and Enrico Girardi:
EG: The title of this Biennale, your fourth and last, talks about Mutants, mutations; about something that ends, at least in the form in which we know it, to become something else. What is ending?
LF... I was saying that there has never been such a deep fracture like the one taking place today between the old "vertical" dimension of knowledge that implies depth of research and the awareness of the territory one is working in ... and the "horizontal" dimension of the here and now, which, on the contrary, is globalized, extra-territorial, capable of ... effacing differences, and always downgrading them. We don't know if this horizontality is a new form of knowledge or an illusion that makes you believe that you know more, but, in fact, invites you not to think, not to dwell on things, to bounce like a marble in a pinball machine between the knowledge of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia.
|Imagine a Piano in the Center|
Imagine the Audience on all 4 sides
Next Levinas played compositions from Études by Gyorgy Ligeti, 18 pieces composed over a period of time from 1985 to 2001. I could see the written score from my position in the audience and it looked technically difficult to play. Levinas succeeded brilliantly. From the program:
|Photo at La Biennale|
Levinas then played his own collection of Three Studies for the piano composed in 1992. When he was finished, the audience gave him ovation after ovation. The applause would not stop. Levinas returned again and again to take a bow, then finally played an encore, another piece by Beethoven, this time an early work, the Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2, composed in 1798-99 -- a perfect closing to a perfect performance.
|Opening Night at Teatro alle Tese|
Photo at La Biennale
The Silver Lion went to the Milan ensemble, RepertorioZero, for "innovative research -- in its way of working with today's music -- that seeks to expand on the experience of th traditional avant-garde, addressing a repertory yet to be constructed and with the need to find solutions to the many variables in contemporary music."
Ciao from Venice,
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