Peter Ablinger

Composer Talk

Thursday 4/4/24, 3–5pm
Duration, 2 hours (including break)
Tickets: €5 (includes refreshments)

This is event has been cancelled.

Peter Ablinger is probably one of the most enduring, distinctive and poetic voices in contempoary music. His enormous body of work is a testimony to a lifeong sincere and direct engagement with the most sound in its purest form. In this talk Peter Ablinger discusses his highly personal artistic approach, and in particular his new work for Black Page Ensemble.

This workshop is suitable for musicians, composers and concert-goers, or anyone with an interest in contempoary music and how it is composed, or how technology can be integrated into composition and performance.

"Peter Ablinger is one of the few artists today who uses noise without any kind of symbolism - not as a signifier for chaos, energy, entropy, disorder, or uproar; not for opposing something, or being disobedient or destructive; not for everything, for eternity, or for what-have-you. As in all these cases of music deliberately involving noise, noise is the case, but for Ablinger: this alone. Peter Ablinger has also come a long way in questioning the nature of sound, time, and space (the components usually thought central to music), and his findings have jeopardised and made dubious conventions usually thought irrefutable. These insights pertain to repetition and monotony, reduction and redundancy, density and entropy."" (Christian Scheib)

Peter Ablinger was born in Schwanenstadt, Austria in 1959. He first studied graphic arts and became enthused by free jazz. He completed his studies in composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Graz and Vienna. Since 1982 he has lived in Berlin, where he has initiated and conducted numerous festivals and concerts. In 1988 he founded the Ensemble Zwischentöne. In 1993 he was a visiting professor at the University of Music, Graz. He has been guest conductor of 'Klangforum Wien', 'United Berlin' and the 'Insel Musik Ensemble'. Since 1990 Peter Ablinger has worked as a freelance musician. From 2012-2017 he was Research Professor at the University of Huddersfield. In 2019 he was Guest Professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and Leiden University. Since 2000 he has been engaged in various forms of non-institutional teaching and work with private students.

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