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Moment's Notice 2

AN OPTOACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

(Le) Poisson Rouge | 158 Bleecker St, New York
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onday, May 22, 2017 | 7 PM
Tickets | $15 | $10 | $5


(Le) Poisson Rouge and HCC proudly co-host the performance of Moment's Notice in NYC. With the participation of László Göz (trombone, sea-shell), György Kurtág Jr. (synthesizers, computer), Miklós Lukács (cimbalom) and Szabolcs Kerestes (visualization), the z-Kurtág-Lukács Trio presents an optoacoustic performance of contemporary music, inspired by the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde movements. The Moment’s Notice project launched in 2015, and before their New York appearance, the trio will perform at LACMA in Los Angeles (May 20).

This unique, rare concert presents an overview of the Hungarian electronic classical music scene that carried the torch of experimentation and innovation in the repressive decades of state Socialism in the 1960s and 1970s, building a spiritual bridge between László Moholy-Nagy's avant-garde experimentalism and the freedom for artistic self-expression brought about by regime change and the end of Socialism in 1989. The musical performance event Moment's Notice is also an instance of artists from various universes of contemporary music coming together to create something extraordinary, in the spirit of John Cage's definition, that exists only in the here and now. Each performance is unique yet they are united by the desire to create a link between Moholy-Nagy's ideas and legacy, the electroacoustic revolution in music of the Cold War era that miraculously transcended the Iron Curtain and the contemporary music they are creating on stage during each performance.

Accordingly, Moment's Notice is an amalgamation of visual arts, including an optoacoustic sign language projected to the audience, the presentation of five electroacoustic pieces by Hungarian composers and four improvisations by the three musical collaborators. The trio is thus made up of three radically different artists, whose joint efforts represent a special meeting of contemporary artistic sensibilities. Göz is a stalwart of Hungarian neo-avant-garde music, a great jazz trombone player teaming up with Kurtág, a new music composer and researcher at SCRIME LabRi at Bordeaux University, as well as crossover sensation Lukács, whose groundbreaking work spanning two decades has opened vast new experimental and contemporary musical horizons for the cimbalom (hammered dulcimer), a traditional folk instrument.

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About Binaura

Moholy-Nagy was a pioneer in experimenting with a diverse set of media, from drawing, photo collages and paintings to sculptures, photograms and moving images. Observing this wide set of activity led to an interesting collection of his works. Experimentations started with shapes, colors and compositions that defined Moholy’s works, and continued with combining these elements based on the most typical colors used in a subjectively pre-selected picture set. After creating the color extraction, movements and methods, such as noise were introduced into the creative flow. During the process of sketching and doodling came along the basic idea: a three dimensional space, where each sound from each musician has an affect on the space or adds some visual element to the scene.

Each instrument has different visual characteristics and as the sounds are building up, a three dimensional sculpture is emerging simultaneously. Besides the blocks of the sculpture, the sound of the wind instruments gained an extra feature: depending on the intensity of their sound when they are played, the camera of the whole scene is moved around setting the composition in motion.

The music consists of three individual tracks played live by the three musicians. A multichannel external sound card handles all the incoming audio channels with the Binaura custom software. The system predicts which tone the musician is playing at the moment, and it selects the corresponding visual set of shapes, based on the predicted class. Noisy, cracking sounds produce different visuals compared to clean, harmonic ones in the scene.

About the Musicians

László Göz, Hungarian jazz and contemporary classical artist, professor of music and producer is a well-known studio musician and has contributed to over a hundred albums. In 1996 he founded Budapest Music Center - Hungarian Music Information Center, then in 1998 BMC Records, which has released about a hundred Hungarian contemporary, jazz, and classical albums up to now. In 2003 László Gőz was awarded with the Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for his work in the field of contemporary Hungarian music. As a musician, his collaborations have included work with Steve Reich, Petr Kotik, Alvin Curran, Chris Newman, Jiggs Wigham and Carl Fontana.

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György Kurtág Jr.
studied music in Hungary, before joining the team of the Centre Européen de Recherche Musicale in Metz in 1980. He went on to collaborate with Maurizio Kagel, Péter Eötvös and Sylvano Bussotti, as well as participating in the American tour of Pierre Boulez’s Repons while working on music theory and theories of musical movement, as well as innovation in instrument design. With Daniel Kientzy (saxophone) and Frank Royan Le Mee (vocalist) he founded the ensemble Comité des Fêtes. With György Kurtág Sr. he composed the standout Zwiegespräch for "electronic hybrid" string quartet and synthesizer, as well as film scores and a score of diverse pieces while also researching composition. A regular participant at major international festivals, he also remains in the vanguard of innovative musicological research.

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Miklós Lukács is one of the best-known cimbalom players today. His unique style is inspired by contemporary classical music, jazz and folk music from his native Hungary and the Balkans. In 2006, he started his own project, the Lukács Miklós Quintet, and has also composed music for plays, chamber orchestra, solo pieces and concertos for cimbalom. He has performed with musicians including Charles Lloyd, Archie Shepp, Chris Potter, Steve Coleman, Herbie Mann, Uri Caine, Chico Freeman, among others. Lukács has performed as a soloist with several renowned orchestras (Orhestre de la Suisse Romande, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the ORF Symphony Orchestra, etc.). His playing is distinguished by a keen sense of musical structure and exploring novel options of playing the cimbalom, making it into a diverse instrument of contemporary music.

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