Transparent Sound New Music Festival @ Budapest

The highlight of the festival is the work of female music composers.

January, 7 – 20. 2020.

Does female and male music really exist? Do these only consist of female or male sounds? Is there a difference between men listening to the music of female composers and women listening to music composed by men? Is it possible to compose accompaniment to a concerto using insect sounds? And to lead a soloist of electroacoustic instruments with hand-gestures? To tell a story with beatbox sounds? Is there a musical work that has two versions, which can be performed both separately and together? How can we describe generative art, and how does it relate to gender?

The outstanding events are at prominent venues for those interested in new music and can visit as many venues as they wish, such as: the Müpa, the Trafó, the Music Academy and the French Institute in Budapest.

There is still a week ahead at the festival will include concerts – paired with interactive introductory sessions, – workshops for professionals and the public, children’s events, an international symposium, a sound-theater for the whole family, an exhibition and movie screenings. This year the festival will focus particularly on the works and performances of female musicians and composers.

The main mission of the festival is to make the colorful and innovative world of new music approachable for everyone. The invitation also goes to the audience who wish to join the open workshops organized around the events, which will lead participants empirically into the instinctive world of music listening and orientation. The scores of the performed works will also be made available during the festival in our reading corner in the library of the BMC – Budapest Music Center.

LONGLEASH – PAYSAGES – CURATOR: ADAM MCCARTNEY

January, 16. – 6 p.m. – CEU, Oktober Hall – District, V., 7. Október 6 Street. A forest makes sounds of its own — remarkable sounds. Perhaps these sounds also mark the breadth, depth and borders of the forest space itself. There are also other sounds that signify “forest,” and yet other more enigmatic sounds that express embodied experiences, interactions and intensities between human and forest bodies.

Exhibition opening – Vernissage and lecture by Étienne Rolin

January, 17. – 5 p.m. – French Institute – District, I., 17. Fő Street . Étienne Rolin about the vanishing points of music and visual arts says the following: Q.: “What is the connection between music and painting. In a nutshell, I give a sweeping answer that both disciplines are two variations of vibrations produced by gestures. Each discipline has its particular techniques and materials that allow me to create. What I find stimulating is to experiment with my own brain and body to examine and cross-examine the ongoing process of creative activity in two domains. It appears obvious to most that music and painting share a common ground with a deep taste for the technique of composition and the art of improvisation.

UMZE – VOICE TWIST

January, 17. – 7.30 p.m. – BMC – Concert Hall – District IX., 8. Mátyás Street. What do we associate with the human voice? Singing on the stage, singing together, humming to ourselves, talking, whispering, baby cooing – just to mention the most obvious ones. We will meet these sounds, and many more, at the concert of the UMZE Ensemble, in the form of singing mixed with electronics, instrumental arias, the instrumental of Offenbach’s work “overmumbling”, beatbox, musical allusions and recaps from music history.

GARDRÓB MŰVÉSZETI CSOPORT – LILLA and TÜNDÉRBOGYÓ

January, 18. – 10.30 a.m. – Nádor Hall – District, XIV., 3. Ajtósi Dürer line. Instrumental fairy tale-theater for young children in Hungarian

MAO – MELIS

January, 18. – 7.30 p.m. – Budapest Music Center, Concert Hall – District, IX., 8. Mátyás Street – Tricket available on the spot. Modern Art Orchestra performs pieces and transcriptions of songs and other works composed by László Melis. Artistic director: Fekete Kovács Kornél. Tickets on the spot.

PATHS OF DEATH AND ANGELS (1991)

January, 18. – 9.30 p.m.  -Screening after the concert – written and directed by: Kamondi Zoltán. Music: Melis László.  – Free of charge, yet registration is needed in advance papp.krisztina@bmc.hu

ÉTIENNE ROLIN, IFJ. GYÖRGY KURTÁG

CONCERTO FOR ELECTRONICS AND SOUNDPAINTING ORCHESTRA

January, 19. – 7 p.m. – French Institute – District, XI. 17 Main Street- Tickets on the spot –  The French composer, Étienne Rolin, plays several wind instruments (such as the clarinet, or the Indian bansuri), but at the same time he is excellent at improvisation as well. Tickets on the spot.

COMPONENT

January, 20. – 6 p.m. – Budapest Music Center – Library Screening – District, 8th Mátyás Street.

When Leipzig pianist Kyra Steckeweh realized that her repertoire almost exclusively consisted of music composed by men, she began searching for pieces written by female composers. With her selection, she has brought to our attention and delight four very different composers, all of whom left a diverse body of work – Film by Tim van Beveren and Kyra Steckeweh. – Entry free of charge.

LUX:NM – Anamorphoses

January, 20.  7.30 p.m. – BMC Concert Hall – District, IX., 8. Mátyás Street  – The Heroines of Sound concert at the Transparent Sound Festival 2020 puts the spotlight contemporary composition in Germany with works by Laura Mello, Oxana Omelchuk, Lisa Streich and Sarah Nemtsov, alongside the Hungarian composer Judit Varga. Tickets on the spot.

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