Black Page Orchestra

Concert – Dream Work

Black Page Orchestra

Thursday 4/4/23, 8pm
Duration, 75 mins

Mirela IvicevicDream Work (2018), for baritone saxophone, e-guitar, piano, percussion, electronics and film, 11'
Amanda Feery, Hireth* (2024), for saxophone, e-guitar, piano, percussion and electronics
Matthias Kranebitter, pitch study no.2 / the 88 piano keys (2022), for piano and keyboard, 19'
Fergal Dowling, Total Harmonic Distortion* (2024), for clarinet, e-guitar, piano, percussion and electronics
Peter AblingerThe Absolute Absolute (The World Will Smile)* (2024), for 4 instrumentalists, their voices, electronics
Vladimir Gorlinski, The Reason (2014), for tenor saxophone, e-guitar, piano, percussion and video, 10'

* Black Page Orchestra Commission

Florian Fennes, clarinets / saxophones
Ruben Mattia Santorsa, e-guitar
Alfredo Ovalles, piano / keyboard
Igor Gross, percussion
Matthias Kranebitter, electronics

Austrian new music group Black Page Orchestra are renowned for their bold and fearless approach to music commissioning, programming and performance. Well-established on the continental festival circuit, here, on their first visit to Ireland, Black Page Orchestra present three works by composers closely associated with the ensemble – Mirela Ivicevic (Croatia), Matthias Kranebitter (Austria), and Vladimir Gorlinski (Russia) – as well as three new commissions written specially for this event, including a new work by Peter Ablinger (Austria), perhaps one of the most recognisable and poetic voices in contemporary music, and two new Black Page Orchestra commissions by Irish composers Amanda Feery and Fergal Dowling.

"The Black Page Orchestra, something like the punk band among Vienna's new music ensembles." (Wien Modern)

BLACK PAGE ORCHESTRA, founded 2014 in Vienna, is an ensemble for radical and uncompromising music of current times. The name derives from Frank Zappa’s composition the black page, a piece which score is due to the high density of notes and musical events nearly a black paper. Beside this clear aesthetical approach the ensemble focuses on compositions using electronics, video and different technologies in an artistic context as well as pieces with performative character.