PROJECTS

XELO GINER´S A SOLO CD PRESENTATION

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The reason for this project is the presentation of the last CD by Xelo Giner with the record label Naxos and entitled “De profundis”.

De profundis” is the result of the research carried out by Xelo Giner for the selection of a repertoire with a common link: all the works are inspired by historical events ranging from dialectical persuasion and the rhetoric of ancient Greece theater, the poetry of Izumi Shikibu (Lady of the Imperial Court), born in 976, the poetry of Paul Celan, the drama of the Nazi holocaust, until the restoration of the French crown in the Hundred Years War starring Joane of Arc.

A selection of works closely linked to the career of the interpreter and, mostly, dedicated to the saxophonist, carrying out direct work with composers such as: György Kurtág, Hector Parra,Carlos David Perales, Simon- Steen Anderssen or Miguel Ángel Berbis.

A daring concert proposal with audiovisual and experimental works, from the point of view of electronics and video in real time, giving the concert an attractive and avant-garde approach.

GYÖRGY KURTAG (1926)
IN NOMINE-ALL’ONGHERESE ** (2014)
For baritone saxophone – 5′ 42”

HECTOR PARRA (1978)
CHYMISCH (2005)
For baritone saxophone and electronic – 6’52”

SIMON-STEEN ANDERSSEN (1976)
DE PROFUNDIS** (2000) Rev. 2013, 15’03”
Soprano Saxophone and percussion, a single performer

CARLOS DAVID PERALES* (1979)
THEATRIQUE * (2008), 8’28”
For tenor saxophone, electronic and video

 

*World premiere
**National premiere

GYÖRGY KURTAG (1926)
SIGNES, GAMES AND MESSAGES * (2019)
…Ein Brief aus der Ferne an Ursula… 2´35
Angelus Silesius: Die Ros´ 1´38
…Ein Sappho 1´22
Lorand Gaspar: Désert 1´03
Einen Augenblick lang… 0´30

MIGUEL ANGEL BERVIS (1971)
JUANA LA LOCA* (2016)
Violin, saxophone and electronic – 6’10”

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN (1928-2007)
IN FREUNDSCHAFT (1977)’
Soprano Saxophone Solo – 14’05”

Soprano voice: Maria Bazal
Violin: Jenny Guerra

GYÖRGY KURTÁG – DIALOGUES | APPEARANCES AND APPARITIONS

Ensemble d´Arts presents a multidisciplinary project inspired by some of the most representative works of the composer György Kurtág, also as an absolute premiere created for the occasion.
The idea of creating a dialogue between “Fragments of Kafka opus 24” and “Signs, Games and Messages” using the Kafkaesque idea of metamorphosis as a common link fascinated the composer. This idea will be developed with the creation of a video by the video artist Judith Kurtág, the composer’s granddaughter and connoisseur of his work, in collaboration with the choreographer Marion Baeryswil, who will serve as the guiding thread of the message.
Kurtág’s music is closely related to poetry, literature and its syntax. The works chosen by the interpreters are a clear example of this: Frank Kafka and Samuel Becket were the source of inspiration for the composer. In the same way, Kurtág’s music was the inspiring source of this project.
As a result of the professional relationship between saxophonist Xelo Giner with the composer, and his involvement with the project, the work emerges, an absolute premiere, which completes the program.
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Notes from Judith Kurtág, video artist
Creation of a video in collaboration with the choreographer Marion Baeryswil.

This video proposes dialogue with music, exploring the appearances and apparitions of the metamorphosis process and to unfold its imagery.
Along with the face, the hand is the most representative of the human being and his condition. Due to the choreographic and expressive possibilities offered by the hands, and because their scale increased to make them a full-size body make them unnerving and disorienting in a disturbing estrangement from what is known, we will get closer to the skin, the inflections and palpitations of the flesh, but also of the human soul, until making an abstraction of it.

We will also be able to see hallucinations of geometric shapes, sculptures or something of an organic order, such as insects or small animals, or even architectural, cathedrals, and on the way back.

The choreographer and dancer Marion Baeryswil hands, will be filmed in the foreground against a background that will disappear.
They will occupy the space of the screen describing a slow and perpetual movement. Its slowness will be at the service of metamorphoses.

It will try to evoke the complexity of human states, going back and forth between narration and abstraction, that will be one of the forms of metamorphosis. The image will be attached to the music as if it were a voice.

The hand of the choreographer and dancer Marion Baeryswil will appear in close-ups. It´s a dance of the hands and of the metamorphosis. One, and then two hands will come out of nowhere advancing towards the viewers. The hand seems suspended in the void and is majestically large and occupies the entire screen.

Between organic and abstraction. Strange developments that operate metamorphoses in which the content becomes unrecognizable and disturbing, disorienting. There will be perpetual movement between the inner and outer world.

I propose the creation of a video that makes no concessions to the mysterious, strangely disturbing, a metamorphosis in which the flesh of the hand becomes, either face, hand, or an abstract sculpture. The hand will metamorphose. Shapes will appear within shapes, as in a hallucination. Spectators may feel disoriented.

The hand will become something different from what it is, after a transformation from one state to the other. The illusion of a change of nature and structure.
It´s also suspicious of numerous interpretations and provokes imaginary and ghosts. The hands have a great importance in construction movement.

“La piel es lo más profundo que existe”
Judith Kurtág 2019

Signs, Games and Messages |
*saxophone version

Fragmentos de Kafka opus 24 |
Soprano, violin and high saxophone

In Nomine all´Onguerese
Baritone saxophone solo

*Absolute premiere | Trio for soprano, high saxo and violin

A way of dialogue suggested by the composer, the necessary pieces performed interspersed between them and to create the metamorphosis between the voice and the instruments.

María Bazal | soprano
Cecilia Berkovich | violin
Xelo Giner | saxophones
Judith Kurtág | videoartist

Artistic direction and project coordination | Xelo Giner
Artistic director Ensemble d´ Arts | Miguel Ángel Berbis

BIT (DE)GENERATION

Bit (de) Generation is an audiovisual and experimental concert proposal, the result of close collaboration between the Ensemble d’Arts (Xelo Giner Antich, saxo, and Miguel Ángel Berbis, electronics and video) and the composer and guitarist Aurélio Edler-Copes . The program features pieces by Steve Reich, Peter Ablinger, Pauline Oliveros, Óscar Escudero and is articulated around the creation of a new Edler-Copes work, Bit (de) Generation, for Metamag (multi-channel audiovisual recorder and sampler), electric guitar , amplified baritone saxophone and analog and digital effect pedals.This work is born from the composer’s intention to explore different sound and musical traditions (classical and electric instruments; avant-garde aesthetics and jazz) through the staging of archival images and live amplified instruments under the thread of the memory of the protest movements of the late 1950s and their reminiscences in today’s digital culture.

Steve Reich
Electric Guitar Phase * – 14’
[electric guitar and electronic + new multi-channel real-time video device]
* Violin Phase version (1967) performed by Steve Reich and Dominic Frasca.

Peter Ablinger
Weiss / Weisslich 17f – 4’
[saxo soprano and noise]

Aurélio Edler-Copes
Interference – 4’

Peter Ablinger
Weiss / Weisslich 17g – 2’
[electric guitar and noise]

Óscar Escudero
POV – 9’
[saxo and multimedia device]

Pauline Oliveros
Horse Sings from Cloud – 12’
[version for synthesis sound, baritone sax, electric guitar and voice]

Aurélio Edler-Copes
Bit (de)Generation [OBRA DE ESTRENO] – 12’–15’
[metamag, electric guitar, baritone sax, effect pedals, electronic and video]

Electric guitar, amplified saxophone, effect pedals, video and electronics.

MUSIC
AURÉLIO EDLER-COPES [absolut premiere]
and works by Reich, Ablinger, Oliveros and Escudero

INTERPRETERS
ENSEMBLE D’ARTS
Xelo Giner Antich, baritone sax
Miguel Ángel Berbis, electronic and video
With the participation of Aurélio Edler-Copes, electric guitar

DURATION
Premiere work : between 12 and 15 minutes
Concert: 60 minutes

ENSEMBLE D´ARTS TRIO

Electro Spanish Sound

The soloists of this threesome project bring forth a ground-breaking proposal that parts from the works for saxophone, violin and electronics that have been written for the performers: Grab them by the pussy by Helga Arias, Juana la loca by Miguel Ángel Berbis, Grietas de piel by J.J. Peña Aguayo and Retórique by Carlos Perales. An explosive mix that demands the intense chamber musicianship necessary for a desired balance between such
contrasting timbres as are the violin and the saxophone, joining them with electronic sounds. Thus, the exchange between performers and composers is of vital importance. The remaining compositions have been cautiously selected for the exposition of the diverse possibilities and resources present in the interaction among traditional instruments and the applied technologies.

In Acoustic

The soloists of this project In Acoustic present a proposal with works by duo and just some of the great references of the new music of the XX and XXI centuries. An explosive combination that requires intense camera work to achieve the perfect balance of two contrasting sonorities such as the saxophone and the violin, or the sax and viola, as well as the demanding works that only make up the program.
This project continues the work being done by Xelo Giner and Jenny Guerra with works for sax, violin and electronica, written and dedicated to the performers: Grab them by the pussy by Helga Arias, Juana la loca by Miguel Ángel Berbis, Skin cracks from JJ Peña Aguayo and Retórique de Carlos Perales, in addition to the works dedicated individually to each of them, which make up a catalog of more than 60 creations.

Violin – Jenny Guerra
Saxophone – Xelo Giner
Electronics – Miguel A. Berbis

SOLA

This project is a reflection of artistic expression and both human and latent: music through the interpretation and improvisation in real time. The sonorous result of this training instruments, saxophone and electroacoustic device is a job search based on sound, exploring the technical and timbre of each instrument, and getting an audible fusion of a strange beauty.
The present program consists of original works for our training, works as a duo, solo works and improvisation.

INÉS BÁDALO (1989)
Dé-collage *(2019) – 6′
For soprano saxophone, Tibetan bowl, and body movements

GYÖRGY KURTAG (1926)
Signes, games and messages * (2019) For baritone saxophone and soprano – 11′

CARLOS DAVID PERALES (1979)
Bûtoh ** (2016) – 11′ ́30″
For tenor saxophone, electronic and video

AURELIO EDLER-COPER
Bit (DE) Generation* (2020) – 12′
For amplified baritone saxophone, effect pedals, Metamag, video and video electronics

OSCAR ESCUDERO
POV (2018) 8’
For soprano saxophone, 3D glasses, electronics and video
* Absolute Premiere
** National Premiere

XELO GINER AND THE PIANIST

BELÁ BARTÓK (1926)
Szabadban-Azéjszaka zenéje ( 1926)
Piano solo

SOFIA GUBAIDULINA (1931)
Lament* (1979)
Baritone saxophone and piano

GYÖRGY KURTÁG (1926)
Signs, Games and Messages *(1988-2000)
Saxophone solo

BRUNO MANTOVANI ( 1974)
La incandescence de la bruine (2000)
Soprano saxophone and piano

JOHN ADAMS (1947)
Saxophone Concerto(2013)
Alto saxophone and piano

FLORENT SCHMITT (1870-1958)
Léyende Opus 66 (1918)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Suite Bergamasque (1905)

ALFRED DESENCLÓS (1912-1971)
Prélude, Cadence et Finale (1956)

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
Sonatine (1903-1905)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Rhapsodie (1903)

MARCEL MIHALOVICI ( 1898-1985)
Chant Premier (1974)

EFFEKIS

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Alessandra Rombolà & Xelo Giner are two international soloists, whose professional career is characterized by their specialization in the investigation and interpretation of contemporary repertoire and newly created works.
The present project presents a wide repertoire of works for soloist and acoustic chamber music and works based on new applied technologies: electroacoustic and audiovisual.
In the works of new creation, where the interpreters intervene during the process and creative feedback with the composer, they present us with a daring work based on the experimental search that will allow them to amalgamate the extensive sonorities produced by the different flutes and saxophones.
In the performative stage work, the two interpreters stand out for a strong personality characterized by the communicative gestural interaction and movement between them, and with the audience itself as a transmitting element.
The program that forms the project is based on the one hand on works of consolidated composers of the current contemporary panorama: Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaija Saariaho, Olga Neuwirth or Chaya Czernowin and on the other hand, in works of composers belonging to the new generation, such as Elena Rykova , Sarah Nemtsov, Diana Rotaru, Helga Arias, Nuria Jimenez, Sasha Lemke, Yumiko Yokoi, Junghae Lee, Annelies Van Parys, Katherina Rosenberger, Sanae Ishida, Irene Galindo and Helena Casanova among others.

SCULPTURAL MUSIC

Inspiration and reflection on the marble, white ceramic, iron, alabaster and light, made ??the conversion and then to the dissipation of the transformation of sound textures and tactile materials, textural sculptures intangible, visible through “ways of silence and sound “found and become light, life and art.

Xelo Giner – Saxophone

Beatriz Carbonell – Sculptures