Talea Ensemble

Enno Poppe – Speicher

Friday, March 13, 2015

Speicher, an evening-length concert work by German composer Enno Poppe, is a project that has been in development since 2008. Premiered at the Donaueschingen Festival in 2013 to widespread acclaim, Speicher pushes its 22 players to their interpretative and technical extremes. Complex rhythms, microtonal intonation, and nuanced textures combine together to create a rich and detailed work of ambitious scale and scope. Poppe says the following about the piece:

Musical phenomena are never abstract. The idea behind Speicher is the search for extremes—extreme condensation, thinning, acceleration, broadening. For the piece to be able to continue and remain interesting, it is important—besides diversity—for the audience to be able to recognize certain parts. Anything can be recognizable—a single sound as well as a complete formal structure. Therefore it seems less important to keep inserting new ideas into the piece but rather to create an unpredictable network of derivations. The next step would be to be able to foresee what will happen next. Thus, an active way of listening would be created. But, in a reservoir [“speicher”], things always get into a mess anyway.

Enno Poppe’s music, which he summarizes as “dented nature,” grounds itself in compositional guidelines influenced by acoustics, biology, and mathematics. As his composition unfolds, he gradually disobeys his own rules, contorting material to create an unstable, constantly evolving, almost hallucinatory atmosphere of unexpected sounds.

A US premiere, Speicher will be presented in the Concert Hall, featuring the US-based Talea Ensemble.

Argeo Ascani

Enno Poppe studied conducting and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, with Friedrich Goldmann and Gösta Neuwirth, among others. He pursued further studies of sound synthesis and algorithmic composition at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the ZKM Karlsruhe with Heinrich Taube. Since 1998 he has been musical director of ensemble mosaik; that same year he won the Boris-Blacher-Preis for his Gelöschte Lieder. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin, since 2009, of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, and, since 2010, of the Bayerische Akademie der Künste.

His works have been commissioned by the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, the Berliner Festwochen, Ultraschall (Berlin), MaerzMusik (Berlin), Éclat (Stuttgart), musica viva (Munich), Musikbiennale (Munich), among others, and performed in Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, Saint Petersburg, Paris, Brussels, and more. Among the performers of his works are Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Ensemble Modern, and others.

The Talea Ensemble, called “. . . a crucial part the New York cultural ecosphere” by The New York Times, has given many important world premieres of new works by composers such as Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, Jason Eckardt, Pierluigi Billone, and Fausto Romitelli. The ensemble has served as ensemble in residence at Harvard University, Columbia University, and New York University. Upcoming projects include concerts at the Darmstadt International Music Festival, residencies at Stanford University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, and Cornell University, and a release on Mode Records. Recently commissioned composers for upcoming seasons include James Dillon, John Zorn, Pierluigi Billone, Eric Chasalow, Victor Adan, and Georges Aperghis.

Talea Ensemble
Concert Hall
March 13, 2015, 8PM

EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

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