Friday, April 26, 2013

Ensemble Linea at June in Buffalo 2013!

We’re looking forward to having Ensemble Linea for June in Buffalo 2013 – they were a big hit here in 2011 and we’re happy to have them back for round 2. Adding to the French constituency will be composer Raphaël Cendo, who will be accompanying them from France as part of this year’s JiB Composition Faculty. While they’re here they’ll be interpreting works from June in Buffalo composition students, as well as JiB 2013 Faculty Composer Brian Ferneyhough’s flute piece Mnémosyne, and a fresh concert of contemporary music pieces from France.

Ensemble Linea

A little more on their approach and background from their mission statement:

“Founded in Strasbourg by pianist and conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz in 1998, Ensemble Linea has, since its beginnings, been committed to promoting a democratization of contemporary music, giving priority to the encounter with the audience, to openness towards other artistic disciplines, and to an active booking strategy.

“Beyond any schools and trends, the artistic project of Linea covers quite diverse aesthetic perspectives, from musical theater to electronic music, from Western music to the rich Asian repertoires. Based in Alsace (eastern France, bordering on Germany and
Ensemble Linea
Switzerland), at the crossroads of many different cultures, Linea naturally approaches the repertoires in their multicultural dimension. Linea advocates an engaged music anchored in modernity: it favors works that question the mutations and complexities of our era.”

Coincidentally, another connection currently exists between Ensemble Linea and the University at Buffalo Music Department, as Daniel Bassin, the current conductor and music director of the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, is now studying at the Abbaye de Royaumont Conductor Master Class, where he is rehearsing with Ensemble Linea the works of Iannis Xenakis, György Ligeti, Hanna Eimermacher, and others, under the tutelage of Péter Eötvös.

Below is a video of Ensemble Linea’s beautiful performance of Gerard Grisey’s Talea from June in Buffalo 2011:

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