On December 6th at the Italian Institute of Culture the first performance of A Book of Clouds for string quartet and eight channel sound projection. This work was completed in Tokyo in 2015 during the TWS Residency. Performers are the Hemmi String Quartet, Sumihisa Arima (live-electronics). The violinist Yasutaka Hemmi will also perform Burial Songs, for amplified violin. Please find here all information.
FINESTERRAE (the ends of land/earth), has been premiered in Stuttgart (Theaterhaus) on July 1st; performed by Neue Vocalsolisten and Garth Knox, who played on three instruments: viola d’amore, viola and electric viola. This 40-minute work, based on text fragments by Tommaso Campanella features several musical sections in which live-electronics transform and spatialize vocal and instrumental sounds, leading the listeners through a multitude of acoustic perspectives, real and virtual spaces, as suggested by Campanella’s visionary poems. A review of the concert is available here.
Portrait concert in Tokyo on November 16th 2015, three compositions have been performed: Sonnet X, Strali (for solo voice, Japanese premiere), A Book of Waves. Concert venue: Ryogoku Monten Hall, with a speech by the composer. This concert has been a co-production of Tokyo Gen’On Project and Tokyo Wonder Site Residency.
The spatial composition for two adjacent rooms Ephemeris / Ékleipsis has been premiered in Berlin (commissioned by Akademie der Kuenste with the support of Siemens) in the two main halls on September 25th. This new spatial work is conceived for two moving musicians (clarinet, saxophone) projecting sounds variably toward two microphones. The acoustic variations produce a variable live-electronic result: sounds are spatialized along 16 loudspeakers around the two halls so that two twin-environments are created. Acoustic effects of fore- and background are produced in this 25-minute-composition, that after Ius Lucis, explores new ways of multiple sound-environments (and spaces).
A theoretical work, a research made at TU Berlin: “Space and Spatialization as Discrete Parameter in Music Composition. A Space-Oriented Approach to écriture: From Acoustic through Informatics to Musical Notation” is available as printed book.
On November 9th 2014: award of Claudio-Abbado-Kompositionspreis at Philharmonie Berlin (Kammermusiksaal), world premiere of a new work for eight musicians: AQUAE commissioned by the Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker: “Valerio Sannicandro’s sound language is an interplay between the compositional idea, a ‘spatialization’ of music and performing challenges. AQUAE presents the listener with tone images which sometimes sound unreal and whose production rely on the instrumentalists leaving their usual instrumental space.” Recording of the premiere available here.
Complete recordings of some works are available at http://soundcloud.com/valeriosannicandro/
Valerio Sannicandro has been selected by the American Academy in Rome for the Marcello Lotti Affiliated Fellowship in Musical Composition.
Valerio Sannicandro is co-curator and new music advisor for the new music project with the Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus (Germany); the german orchestra won the “Musikverleger-Preis” for the best concert program in 2010/2011.