Concerts and workshops in the framework of Irtijal 2017
Friday, April 7th, at 8:30 pm
concert Bertoncini/Lehn, at Yukunkun
Tiziana Bertoncini (IT) • violin
Thomas Lehn (DE) • analogue synthesizer
A cooperation between the Goethe-Institut Libanon and Irtijal
The duo Tiziana Bertoncini and Thomas Lehn have been collaborating since 2002.Their shared interest in broader understanding of the New Music that involves equally improvisation, composition, interpretation and performance in the artistic activities, provides a common ground for their collaboration.
The special feature of the duo is the alchemy created by the meeting of the classical and the electronic instrument. The different nature of sound, the characteristics and histories of violin and analogue synthesizer could recall a friction. Actually, what happens is a sort of mirror game, in which the roles of the instruments are continuously exchanged. Bertoncini and Lehn move in an abstract territory, their approach to sound is contemporary. Nevertheless their consideration to music is quite classical insofar as based principally on tension/release, rupture, intensity and expressivity in all its facets.
Their first CD Horsky Park, was released in spring 2011 on British label Another Timbre.
They have been performing together in Austria, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.
Beside their duo work, they play in larger or extended constellations, like the ensemble]h[iatus, an international ensemble which moves in the territories of improvisation and interpretation of contemporary pieces. With this ensemble they premiered new compositions by both young and established composers like Vinko Globokar, Peter Jakober, Anthony Pateras and Jennifer Walshe. The ensemble has been playing at numerous festival of contemporary music. It has been in residence at Akademie Schloß Solitude/DE, Ferme de Villefavard/FR and Césaré Reims/FR. Césaré released the first CD of ensemble]h[iatus in January 2017 with works of Peter Jakober and improvisations.
Bertoncini and Lehn have been part of multimedia projects, in which they were involved as musicians and performers. In 2014 they realized Gradients, which is an interpretation of the coloured graphical score K-2591 Coloured Melody Line Composition (ca. 1925) by Miroslav Ponc, which has been published on the CD Pounding Ponc released in 2015 by the Moravská Galerie in Brno/CZ.
In collaboration with ZAM Zentrum für aktuelle Musik they curated comprovise, a festival for contemporary composed and improvised music, which took place in June 2009 in Cologne supported by the german Netzwerk Neue Musik. The second edition, comprovise #2, took place in Vienna in November 2016 during Wien Modern in collaboration with the IGNM Austria.