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VOICES Festival: OB AUS LUFT

October 15, 2023 @ 17:00 - 20:00

Boris Filanovsky's "Ob aus Luft" is a musical meditation on loss, inspired by the celebrated cycle of poems by Maria Stepanova. With a perfect blend of stillness and fervor, static and expression, the Swiss artist duo of soprano Maja Bader and pianist Leonhard Dering give the piece a lively interpretation. In the second half of the concert, bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood and pianist Marina Khorkova span an arc from John Cage's early songs to post-Soviet works composed especially for him by Artyom Kim (Uzbekistan), Eka Chabashvili (Georgia) and Helena Tulve (Estonia), among others. The different tonal languages of these works form
a diverse universe of vocal techniques and scenic elements, which Nicholas Isherwood brings together in a music-theatrical way.

 

19:00: The concert will be followed by a discussion with the poet Maria Stepanova and other guests (Studio, Radialsystem).

 

programme

17:00-19:00 (incl. 20' break)

Boris Filanovsky
Ob aus Luft, cycle for soprano and piano based on poems by Maria Stepanova (world premiere)

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Traditional Georgian
Urumli

John Cage
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs

Imants Mežaraups
aizver actinas (DEA)

Marina Khorkova
Duo for bass-baritone and multiphonic piano

John Cage
A Flower

Eka Chabashvili
A Hunger Artist after Franz Kafka (DEA)

Helena Tulve
Sõnajalad

John Cage
Nowth upon Nacht

Artyom Kim
Earth Music (DEA)

performers

VOICES Festival: OB AUS LUFT

Maja Bader

Soprano

Maja Bader is an extraordinarily versatile soprano from Lucerne, where she studied with Barbara Locher. She has been artistically influenced by master classes and lessons with Malcolm Walker, Thomas Hampson, Sarah Maria Sun, Wolfgang Rihm and Bernhard Lang, among others. She has performed at the Lucerne Theater and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg
and has given concerts at many international festivals. As lead singer of the band Ohohohs, she performed several concerts at the Fusion Festival Berlin. In 2021, she won the Elvirissima singing competition, among others. She is a scholarship holder of the Aebi Lüthy and Thyll-Dürr Foundation.

VOICES Festival: OB AUS LUFT

Leonhard Dering

Piano

Leonhard Dering, a pianist from Tomsk with German, Russian and Latvian roots, grew up in Coburg and studied piano with Alla Schatz, Lev Natochenny and Konstantin Lifschitz. He has appeared at festivals throughout Europe both as a soloist and as a chamber music partner. Many composers have dedicated new works to him. His collaboration with important directors and actors has led him to music theater productions at leading German theaters and to the Berlin Theatertreffen. As a curator
he curates several concert series in Frankfurt am Main and Basel.

VOICES Festival: OB AUS LUFT

Nicholas Isherwood

Bass-baritone

Bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood has long been one of the leading interpreters of new music. He performs at important international festivals and renowned opera houses. He has worked with conductors such as William Christie, Peter Eötvös, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and David Robertson and composers such as Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, György Kurtág, Olivier Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. He gives master classes at the Paris Conservatoire, the
Mozarteum Salzburg and is professor of singing and chamber music at the Montbéliard Conservatory of Music.

VOICES Festival: OB AUS LUFT

Marina Khorkova

Piano

The musician Marina Khorkova lives and works in Berlin. After training as a pianist, she studied composition at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and with Prof. Caspar Johannes Walter at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. In 2014, she researched the "Structure and sound of multiphonics of prepared piano strings" at the Basel Music Academy. In 2017, she was awarded the Berlin-Rheinsberg Composition Prize. Khorkova's works have been performed at numerous festivals
and interpreted by the New York Philharmonic, Klangforum Wien, Trio Accanto, ascolta and Kairos Quartet, among others.

VOICES Festival: OB AUS LUFT

Maria Stepanova

Poet

The internationally acclaimed poet and novelist Maria Stepanova was born in Moscow. Stepanova's poetry has had a lasting influence on contemporary Russian literature and has made the traditional ballad popular again as a poetic genre. Her works have been translated into English, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, German, Finnish, French and other languages. In 2022, she was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize.

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VOICES Festival: OB AUS LUFT

Details

Date:
October 15, 2023
Time:
17:00 - 20:00
Event categories:
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Venue

Radialsystem - Hall
Holzmarktstrasse 33
Berlin, 10243
Telephone
030 28878850
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