06. March 2010

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Silence.light svete tikhiy

KORKYT (trad.)
Raushan Orazbaeva, Tokzhan Karatai (kyl-kobyz)

Tigran Mansurian (piano); Natalia Pschenitschnikova (voice)

Tigran Mansurian (piano); Natalia Pschenitschnikova (voice)

Natalia Pschenitschnikova (voice)

Jürgen Grözinger (percussion, sampling)


Jürgen Grözinger (perkussion, sampling)

ALEXANDER KNAIFEL: svete tikhiy – gladsome light (1991)

Jürgen Grözinger (perkussion, sampler); Natalia Pschenitschnikova (voice), Joachim Cableman (elektronics, direction)

“We are at the crossing point of orient and occident; the century-long interplay of Western and Eastern cultures is our music’s soil—and we can neither free ourselves from the one nor from the other experience. All we can do is but strive after synthesis”, says Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian, a 2010 Artist in Residence in Krems where the festival Imago Dei will become the crossing point of orient and occident. Tigran Mansurian is going to engage in several so-called hayren, songs about old Armenian poems and, due to their metrics and verse structure, unique singings from the medieval orient. Thanks to the Armenian priest and musician’s research they have been passed on to our times and live on in Mansurian’s luminous interpretations. Their distinctive poetry shines in a very special way through the voice of Russian soprano singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova. Her voice will also glide through the three parts of the composition “Svete Tikhyi” by Alexander Knaifel. After the perestroika period, the youngest representative of the Sovjet musical post-war avant-garde strongly dedicated himself to orthodox Russian church music and achieved its resurrection in a present-day sound world. In “Svete Tikhyi”—“Happy light”—he concentrated the musical essence and the magical sound of the great orthodox vespers in extreme forms of harmonics, melodics and tempo. The sounds in honour of Holy Theotokos (the God-bearer) will waft through the Minorite Church, rise up to the church bells and into the bright light of the night. Beforehand, percussionist and composer Jürgen Grözinger will earth the church when he generates various drum-like effects on timpani and designs both European and extra-European images of sound and rhythm. In “Parallel Universe” he combines seemingly real, but synthetic-electronic sounds with percussive live playing techniques that simulate electronic modulations—musical reality in a seemingly unreal light.

© Imago Dei

© Imago Dei