Mark Andre is a sensitive sound researcher, his music often moves on the border of the audible: “I am interested in the problem of the compositional interspace. In other words, it’s about the spaces that are often latent or very fragile and breathless between the polarities”. In the group of works entitled “riss”, the composer embarks on a search for these spaces in between three times. The rift as an intermediate place, a separating as well as connecting space between something that belongs together. In 2011 Mark Andre met the theologian Margareta Gruber during a research trip in Jerusalem. Her essay “Der Vorhang zerreißßt”, her reference to the double figure of the tear in the Gospel of Mark, provided the decisive impulse for the creation of the work group “riss”, which Mark Andre does not compose in numerical sequence: “riss 2” was premiered by the Ensemble Modern in 2014, followed by the world premiere of “riss 3” with the Ensemble Musikfabrik in 2016 and “riss 1” with the Ensemble intercontemporain in 2017. In 2019 the Ensemble Modern performed all three works for the first time in one evening, in Cologne, Frankfurt, Shanghai – and now on the eve of Maundy Thursday 2020 also in HELLERAU:
“Through the music of Mark Andre, the compositional procedures and aesthetic categories that may have emerged from those questions [of the Bible] have become important: “Why?” “Where to? Questions do not confirm anything, do not write anything down, but contain within themselves an attitude of searching and researching. Not being, but becoming, processuality instead of presentation. This gives rise to a musical vitality that is inscribed in the material, in which dramaturgies are anchored: transitions, interstices, inner spaces, uncertainty, expressiveness. The noisy material comes to life again.” (Gisela Nauck)
Mark Andre, born in Paris in 1964, studied composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Claude Ballif and Gérard Grisey and in the master class with Helmut Lachenmann at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. He received numerous prizes for his compositions, was appointed member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin in 2009 and in the same year professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden.
From 19:30 lecture and discussion with Margarete Gruber and Mark Andre on the topic “Riss”
Mark Andre at the Dresden University of Music
Thu 09 April 2020, 17:00
Aequal I for 3 trombones
iv 16 for tuba solo
Couleurs de la cité céleste for solo piano, 3 clarinets, brass and percussion
Aequal II for 3 trombones
Three pieces for ensemble
Students of the HfM Dresden, direction Nicolas Kuhn
Moderation: Jörn Peter Hiekel in conversation with Mark Andre
Duration: approx. 1 h 10 min.
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