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back6 – 12/09/2009

Location: Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź, ul. Narutowicza 20/22

Georg Nussbaumer Barcarolle

10:00 a.m. - 24:00

Georg Nussbaumer
Barcarolle. An Opera of Passage for Alto, Inter-passive Pianos and the Sounding City
featuring: Christina Ascher, alto

[free entry; concert: 25 zł]

The Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic, Chamber Hall (audio room), ul. Narutowicza 20/22, and the sites of the pianos’ display and abandonment
production: Festival of Dialogue of Four Cultures, the Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic
For the first three days (from September 6th to 8th) six pianos will eavesdrop on the life of the city and transfer what they hear to the audio room of the Philharmonic.
The city can be visited via the piano maps, to see what is going on in the various places, particularly from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (and on September 9th from 8:30 p.m.), and which fragments of their repertoire Łódź artists will be playing for the pianos.

The Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic will be open from 10:00 a.m.-midnight as a sound gallery, allowing for various experiences of the city, for it to be heard ‘as a whole.’

On Wednesday September 9th, Barcarolle will have its climax. The pianos will move on their final voyage through the city along the Łódź rivers, and for the whole day you can cross paths with the piano ‘processions.’ At the end of their journey, at 8:30 p.m., Christina Ascher will take the Chamber Hall, using the transmissions still underway. This performance will require tickets.

The abandoned pianos will continue to eavesdrop on their surroundings, and the empty exhibition spaces they leave behind will be worth visiting on the day of their journey. The audio room will be active until September 12th (inclusive), and the program will include the occasional artistic intervention on the abandoned pianos.

In creating the documentation of the city’s soundtrack, the composer has invited artists to take part, and also – on the ‘open mic’ premise – all those who would like to express themselves in front of the pianos. (Antoni Beksiak)

Georg Nussbaumer – (b. 1964) comes from Linz, but lives in Vienna. He works as a composer and installation artist. He compositions often involve installations, a wide assortment of instruments, various equipment, video, and even animals. He exhibits his opera-installations in a wide variety of places, such as: bunkers, abandoned mines, railway stations, and covered swimming pools, in which the audience swims. He has been resident artist at the ‘Djerassi Resident Artist’ and ‘Villa Aurora’ programs.

Christina Ascher – studied singing at the Juilliard School in New York. After a period of working with operas in Chicago and Dallas, she moved to Europe, where she has sung main roles in Bonn, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Zurich. To the mid-80s she specialized in Mozart, Rossini, Strauss and Wagner, but later she devoted herself to contemporary music and musical theater. She has worked together with Berio, Bussotti, Dallapiccola, Dusapin, Haubenstock-Ramati, Křenek, Peter Ablinger and Georg Nussbaumer.

curator: Antoni Beksiak