Iancu Dumitrescu premieres six new works of Spectral compositions performed by the 13 piece Either/Or Ensemble under the direction of Richard Carrick, presented in Columbia University's Miller Theater in 2016, an amazing album of microcosmic and macrocosmic sound.
Live In New York w/ Either/Or
Label: Edition Modern
Released in: Romania
"This is heady stuff. This is fascinating, often gorgeous music, alternately ethereal and earthy, delicate and visceral. At one level, its call is satisfyingly seductive: give in, be transported. At another level, the very same call – give in, be transported – requires courage. It’s a rare creative accomplishment that sweet pleasure and cosmic dauntlessness can so merged in a single art form as they are in Dumitrescu’s music."-Jean Ballard Terepka
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"Iancu Dumitrescu is one of the leading personalities of contemporary music, embracing both composition and interpretation. He centers his work on the phenomenological principle, which Sergiu Celibidache made him to discover, and which Dumitrescu applies to the composition itself, and on the idea of acousmatics. Acousmatics represents for Dumitrescu not only " the art of disguising a sonic source " in a concrete approach, but the very metaphor of the sound, infinite, cryptical alchemy applied to the sound material.
Iancu Dumitrescu has born the 15th of July 1944 in Sibiu, Romania, son of Gheorghe T Dumitrescu (1904-1982), University Professor, philosopher and psychologist, author of numerous volumes, and of Maria Dumitrescu, a Mathematics teacher. Around four, probably in 1949 he witnesses the general search and arresting of his father with tragic consequences for the entire family. Three years of kept into custody without any awareness from the family, until the death of Stalin, with unforgettable consequences. 1950-1963: Elementary school and college. 964-1969. Musical studies at the Musical Academy in Bucharest. It was the first year after WW2 when admittance in high school happened without the censorship of the " political file of the family ". The vigilance however remained complete and its effects increasingly harmful. He later followed, beginning with 1978, systematic studies of conducting and musical phenomenology with Sergiu Celibidache. 1964 Depressing atmosphere, with serious political pressure, harassing, when modern art was denounced and condemned to disappear, as well as those frequenting it. However those young years are full of impetus, of challenge and even some unexpected artistic success. The encounter of few extraordinary colleagues, enthusiastic and talented opened the opportunity of a new and real stimulation. From 1966, for two decades he launches into a fervent musicological and journalistic activity, trying, under difficult conditions, to engage his writing through the construction of an axiological, selective dimension of the Romanian musical culture of that time. He writes permanent editorials for important cultural magazines and newspapers such as "Luceafarul", "România Literara", than Radio broadcastings, articles in "Scânteia tineretului", "România libera", "Saptamâna Culturala" etc.
In 1967 he is awarded with the Prize for journalism of the LUCEAFARUL magazine for his " originality and sharpness ". In the same dreadful period, by its harsh ideological limitations, its dogmatism and sclerosis the musicological interventions of Dumitrescu quickly attracted the attention of officials who were preparing to attack. But it was necessary to reject to any risk the cultural repression. Firstly by drawing attention to other aesthetic attitudes, other names, and the marginalized ones - against those became the taboos, the untouchables "skills" of the time. It was necessary to propose another professional ethics, a new elite, imposing a new generation of composers. Thus, disarticulating one week after another the Establishment of the time, he became the official choice of the attacks, controversies, and charges in the official press, but could not be silenced. The activity as a musicologist, composer and performer (conductor) intersects from the very beginning. Febrile period 1964-1970: the young student is attracted and finds himself in the avant-garde movements. He desperately looks for scores, recordings, unpublished, innovative ideas: Stravinsky, Bartok, Webern, Schoenberg, Berg, Stockhausen, Boulez, Berio, Nono, Cage, Lutoslawski, Penderecki ... Frenetic Revelation of the modernity. The avant-garde. The atonalism, dodecaphony, Stochastics, the Aleatorism. First systematic explorations in composition. The unique role of Professor A. Mendelssohn, who during an important meeting expressed as " from all his students having made progress, only for Iancu Dumitrescu composition represents the very life! " 1967 to 1969. As still a student, he realizes his first original compositions invested with an opus number thereafter: Diachronies "(I-II-III-IV) for piano, published in 1970 by" Gerig Musikverlage " recorded by WDR-Köln, Radio Madrid, Radio Brussels etc.). "Metamorphoses" for solo clarinet and 'Alternances (I-II) "string quartet, works later recorded by Radio România and Radio France. First discoveries of the sound core, the natural harmonics, the microscopic approach of the sound world etc. The idea of acousmatic. The Spectralism - ideas that will remains central in his composition since. First presence of his works at Radio France - Grand Auditorium. World Premiere of "Multiple" for three percussion groups. The work was engraved little after for CBS Harmonia Mundi.
1974 to 1976. Dumitrescu configures the Hyperion Ensemble, an artistic group of performers and composers who will occupy for 40 years, one of the most important and dynamic role in Romanian music 1978 - He received a Scholarship from Sergiu Celibidache in Germany, after examinations, repeated interviews and extensive theoretical discussions with the Master. Since June 1978, systematic studies of general and musical phenomenology, and also conducting at the University of Trier and Munich. Sergiu Celibidache became for him the Master has always sought, to whom he always relates. He since joined the Husserlian Phenomenology - perspective that has led to important theoretical crystallization and to fertile creative conclusions, re-placing in question the principles of academic composition, petrified and deprived - as we can easily see - of any genuine creative impulse. After extensive explorations, he finally foresees his own vision on sonic world he has pursued since. Thus, the essential concepts of "phenomenological reduction" and "pure intuition" became functional in composition. According to Dumitrescu, it is the first time phenomenology is utilized as a true method of composition, which re-poses in question essential concepts, nevertheless hidden at that time: inspiration, vision, creativity, imagination.
1991 - Inauguration of the EDITION MODERN CD Label in collaboration with "RER Megacorp" - London. Until 2011 26 CDs with the music of Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria AVRAM were released, and distributed in United States, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Korea.. . Iancu Dumitrescu is considered one of the leaders of the spectral music trend at a worldwide level. In 1976 he founded the HYPERION Ensemble, proposing a new aesthetic in today's music, hyper-spectral, based on the radiant power of sound, within its microcosmic complexity - which is questioned, analyzed, re-composed from a spectral perspective. Dumitrescu is also Founder and Artistic Director of the International Music Festivals of Computer Assisted Music Acousmania, Musica Nova, Musica Viva and the International Spectral Music Festival SPECTRUM XXI - held annually in three European capitals. His creation counts more than 200 works, chamber music, electro acoustic, orchestral music, computer music, etc.
His work is edited by Salabert (Paris), Editura Musicala (Bucharest) Gerig Musikverlage-Schott-Schöne (Köln). The LPs and Cds of his music are published by Edition RZ (Berlin) Generation Unlimited (United States), Escargot-Harmonia Mundi (France), Electrecord (Bucharest), Artgallery (Paris), ReR Megacorp (London), Bananafish (Los Angeles) Edition Modern (London-Bucharest). The musicological contributions of Iancu Dumitrescu have concretized in numerous articles such as "Structure & Freedom" (London, Resonance magazine), "Writing: Iancu Dumitrescu" in "Revue et Corrgiée " , Grenoble, "Iancu Dumitrescu: On The Inside Looking In" (Bananafish, Los Angeles ) "In the land of ninth sky : Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram" (Musicworks, Toronto) and in the book "Iancu Dumitrescu, Acousmatic Provoker" (ReR Megacorp, London)."-Spectral Music (http://www.spectralmusic.org/Iancudumitrescu/Biography.html)
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"Richard Carrick, a Guggenheim fellow, writes music of spatial depth and robust stasis, characterized by continual development and the evocation of profound human experiences. Described both as "charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness" and "organic and restless" by The New York Times, Carrick's music is influenced by his multicultural background and experiences as well as his commitment to inspire professionals, audiences and youth through composition and live performance.
Carrick is co-founder and co-artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Either/Or, declared 'first rate' and 'a trustworthy purveyor of fresh sounds' by The New York Times, and winner of the 2015 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. As conductor and pianist, Carrick has worked with many celebrated composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Jonny Greenwood, Chaya Czernowin, Elliott Sharp, George Lewis, Alvin Lucier, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Iancu Dumitrescu and Rebecca Saunders. Carrick conducting E/O's ambitious presentation of John Cage's Party Pieces brought together 125 renowned composers from around the world.
Carrick started as Chair of Composition at Berklee College of Music in September 2016, after living a year in Kigali Rwanda composing and developing teaching programs, including a new arrangement of the Rwandan National Anthem. He has presented masterclasses and lectures throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. Former posts include composition faculty at New York and Columbia Universities, and teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic through which he has mentored hundreds of young composers internationally.
A US citizen born in Paris of French-Algerian and British descent, Carrick received his BA from Columbia University, PhD from the University of California-San Diego with Brian Ferneyhough, and pursued further studies at IRCAM and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Works distributed by Project Schott New York."-Richard Carrick Website (http://www.richardcarrick.com/bio.html)
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"Composer, pianist, conductor, born in 1961 in Bucharest, Romania.1980-1985 - she accomplished studies of composition at the National University of Music- Bucharest1992 DEA of musical aesthetics at Sorbonne Paris1994 Great Prize of the Romanian AcademySince 1988 she is a Member of Hyperion Ensemble from Bucharest -group of composers and interpreters representing a new, experimentalist and innovative direction in Romanian music, she realized a lot of European tours, as well as conductor and composer.Her music incorporates the outward semblences of abstraction ofarchetypal sound, achieving its full development in the synthesis ofelectroacoustic and instrumental sources.Her music is affiliated with the spectral music trend. She represents with Iancu Dumitrescu the Hyper-Spectral trend in contemporary avant-garde music. Conductor with Dumitrescu of the Hyperion Ensemble.
Her music is spectral, acousmatic, heterophonic and transformational. She composed since now around 130 works, music for soloists, chamber music, music for orchestra, electronic music and computer assisted musicHer main works are : Threnia I-II , Orbit of Eternal Grace fororchestra and soloists, Ekagrata , Swarms , Seconde Axe , Un Aaggio Ardente for chamber orchestra, De Sacrae Lamentationem, InNomine Lucis , Chaosmos- for large orchestra, Zodiaque I-IV, Notturno I-II , Labyrinthe I-III , Signum Gemini , Ikarus I-IV , Traces, Sillons, Sillages, Doryphories , New Arcana, Ascent, Voices of the Desert, Telesma I-VII- electronic & instrumental music, Archae , Ç Metaboles , Axe , Quatre Etudes d'ombre, Ikarus-Kronos Quartet , Assonant I-III - instrumental andchamber musics, Horridas Nostrae Mentis Purga Tenebras, Nouvel Archae - computer assisted music.Her music is published by Edition Modern, Electrecord, EdituraMuzicala, Artgallery, ReR Megacorp, Musicworks, Bananafish..Her music was performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Stanford, in Vienna (in the Wien Modern Festival in 1992 and 1994) at Paris (several times at Radio France and Theatre de la Ville ), in London (at Royal Festival Hall, Conway Hall, LSO St Luke's) Nancy, Allicante, Lisbon, Baden-Baden, Darmstadt, Moscow, Belgarde, Berlin,Minneapolis, etc.
Her works has been commissioned by prestigious ensembles such asKronos Quartet (San Francisco) Ç 20 Jahrhundert È from Vienna, soloists from l'Orchestre National de France, orchestras as Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian National Orchestra, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Roumanie, etc.On the Abolition of the Soul - a Radio France commission was released on a double CD- Radio France, as an anthology of Prix Italia since 1949.Her music was commissioned by: Radio-France, Kronos Quartet, CCMIX (Paris) , Ars Nova Ensemble, Musiques Nouvelles (Mons), Ensemble Lucilin ( Luxembourg), Enemble Mosaik ( Berlin), Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique Bourges.Founder and director, with Iancu Dumitrescu, of the International Festival of Electronic andc Computer Music "Acousmania" Bucharest, - in partnership with Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation, "Musica Nova" International festival (Ploiesti), Spectrum XXI -(Paris, London, Geneva, Nrussels, Berlin, Mons, Bucharest), Siberfest 2007 ( Sibiu).Founder of the Romanian Community of Electronic and Computer Music ( 2004) . Vice- President of CIME ( Intenational Cummunity of Electronic Music - UNESCO).Edited by : " Edition Modern " ( London) , " Electrecord " (Bucharest) ,"Artgallery " (Paris ) , " ReR Megacorp " (London) , " Bananafish " (Los Angeles) , " Musicworks " (Toronto).Musicological contributions in" Musica "- Bucharest, " Bananafish "-Los Angeles, " Musicworks " - Toronto " ""- Bucarest, Axis Mundi, 1992. & CREMAC- 2006 - in collaboration with Harry Halbreich."-Spectral Music (http://www.spectralmusic.org/Anamariaavram/Biography.html)
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Recorded live at the Miller Theatre, Columbia University New York, on March 5th, 2016,
Caleb van Swaagh-cello
James Ilgen Fritz-double bass
Ken Filiano-doubel bass
Margaret Lancaster-bass flute
Vasko Dukovski-bass clarinet
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1. Black Holes' Collision (II) 15:32
2. Hyperspectres (IV) 9:38
3. Galaxy (V)(New York Version) 8:46
4. Cosmic Pulse (II) 22:55
5. Unstable Molecules (I) 13:45