Fonema Consort performs Peter Ablinger, Chiyoko Slavnics and Fernanda Aoki Navarro
Composer Peter Ablinger and Chicago-based new music group Fonema Consort will delve together into an array of meanings of the human voice that preoccupy both parties—a clash of artistic worlds having in common the challenge of performative and perceptual notions in music. The septagenarian composer—one whose creative output intersects the modernist and conceptual, performative and technological—will create a new piece for the ensemble, drawing from previous reflections on the meaning of song.
The soundscape of cities are songs in his Cityopera; recordings of speeches by iconic 20th century personalities are songs in his "song cycle of sorts" “Voices and Piano”; and in his“Weiss/Weisslich 17” (2015) for soprano and noise, the singer takes on an instrumental role, only uttering sustained notes of various durations against morphing backgrounds of white noise. The “Weiss/Weisslich” series explores noise as a source of massive information upon which the listener can extract or carve their own "song."
The project is made possible with the generous support of Goethe-Institut Chicago, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, and the Amphion Foundation.
Doo-doo-dooh (2020) – Peter Ablinger, world premiere
Weiss/Weisslich 17 (selections) – Peter Ablinger
The flaw that bears the building – Fernanda Aoki Navarro
Partial Response – Chiyoko Slavnics
This performance is part of MUSIC’S OVER: Listening with Peter Ablinger, a 9-day residency threading a series of talks, composition seminars, and experimental discussions in between multiple performance events featuring world premieres and internationally renowned ensembles, who will render Ablinger’s work alone and alongside other artists who enjoy his influence. The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, in partnership with Goethe-Institut Chicago, is thrilled to kick off the inaugural week of the new Gray Sound series with Peter Ablinger’s first visit to Chicago.