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Marko Nikodijevic: World Premiere and Two French Premieres in Paris

The Serbian composer Marko Nikodijevic will be at the centre of focus of the event entitled “Turbulences – Clair-Obscur” at the Concert Hall of the Cité de la musique in Paris on 5 and 6 December 2014.

On 5 December 2014 Paul Fitzsimon will direct the Ensemble intercontemporain in the French premiere of Nikodijevic’s ensemble music “chambres de ténèbres / tombeau de Claude Vivier”.

The next day, 6 December 2014, will see the world premiere of “K-hole / schwarzer horizont” for ensemble and electronica. In addition, Nikodijevic's “music box / self-portrait with ligeti and stravinsky (messiaen is also present)” for ensemble will be given its French premiere at this concert. The Ensemble Intercontemporain will also be performing under the direction of Paul Fitzsimon on this day.

The composer comments on “K-hole / schwarzer horizont” as follows:
“Taking large amounts of ketamine causes states resembling out-of-body and near-death experiences, accompanied by strange and vivid hallucinations. Engulfed in darkness, one drifts through the abyss, with an enormous black horizon bordering one’s sight. Trapped in a temporarily paralysed body, one finds oneself in a frozen state (the ‘K-hole’), aware only of a world within; time and space cease to exist. This piece is the documentation of an experience, made according to the best of my knowledge and in all conscience.
The composition is based on a Mongolian song, harrowing, as if the desert itself were singing. I am grateful to Gary Berger, who made this field recording in Mongolia in 2012. My piece outlines the edges of the acoustic reality of this music: the recording has been heavily processed, while the instruments imitate the physical processes of its sound production (the characteristic ‘overtone’ singing). Instead of composing a counterpoint, then, I have built a protective wall surrounding the original and processed recording of the song. Two spaces interlock, expanding into infinity.”

5 December 2014
Cité de la musique, Concert Hall, 8 PM
French premiere: Marko Nikodijevic
“chambres de ténèbres / tombeau de Claude Vivier” for ensemble
Ensemble intercontemporain
Paul Fitzsimon (direction)

6 December 2014
Cité del a musique, Concert Hall, 8 PM
World premiere: Marko Nikodijevic
“K-hole / schwarzer horizont”. Drone (with song) for ensemble and electronica
French premiere: Marko Nikodijevic
“music box / self-portrait with ligeti and stravinsky (messiaen is also present)” for ensemble
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Paul Fitzsimon (direction)


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