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HUNGAmerYca: From Avant-garde to Postmodern Flute
A single, experimental performance by Gergely Ittzés, joined in concert by special guest Robert Dick, inventor of the glissando head-joint for the flute.
Benzaquen Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music - 450 W 37th St, New York, NY
4pm February 23 2014
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Edgard VARÉSE: Density 21.5
DUKAY  Barnabás: The Stone’s  Blazing Flame (A kő lobogó lángja) – Solo Sonata
ITTZÉS Gergely: C-A-G-E Fantasy & Fugue
SÁRI József: Legend
MATUZ István: L-élek-zem – Study Nr. 1/974
Benjamin BUCHANAN: d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-drop the flute
DICK: Air is the Heaviest Metal
DICK: Time is a two way street
DICK–ITTZÉS: Slide(s)how (Improvisation with glissando head-joints)
ITTZÉS: Mr. Dick is Thinking in Terms of a Blues-pattern
ITTZÉS: Disgusting Slurping

Hungarian Gergely Ittzés is one of the most proactive and innovative personalities of the flute scene. A researcher of the flute and a composer of many experimental flute works, he applies up-to-date flute techniques, especially polyphonic playing to his music, with the intention of connecting the contemporary with the traditional. His large repertoire includes the important works written for his instrument and a number of rare compositions from today as well as centuries past. In addition to classical and modern music, jazz and free improvisation have influenced his musical idiom. Ittzés holds a doctorate from the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy. His dissertation is entitled The Role of Polyphonic Thinking in Flute Playing. After graduating, Ittzés spent a year at the international Prague Mozart Academy then a few months at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada where he completed and recorded his large-scale work Vision Pit for four flutes. He participated in numerous master classes with András Adorján, Michel Debost, Michael Faust, Jean-Claude Gérard, István Matuz, Auréle Nicolet, Carol Wincenc, and others.
Ittzés has recorded more than a dozen CDs, including Hungarian contemporary music, his own works, violin transcriptions, less-known repertoires such as Pierre-Max Dubois, Eugéne Walckiers, Boccherini and the complete works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert. His new recording project, entitled The Great Book of Flute Sonatas, is a work in progress and includes more than thirty pieces of significant flute sonatas from music history. Currently a professor at the Széchenyi University in Gyor, Ittzés is the editor of various flute publications, composed or transcribed by himself or others. His piece Totem, commissioned by the American National Flute Association for their 2012 Young Artist Competition, won the NFA Newly Published Music competition in 2013. As the outcome of his research on the multiphonic capabilities of the flute he published the software Flouble in 2012 (



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