Picture: Beatriz Ferreyra by Reinhard Mayr
Picture: Beatriz Ferreyra by Reinhard Mayr

REFLUX – Festival for Contemporary Electroacoustic Music at Kesselhaus Herzberge / Tuesday, 25.10.2022


REFLUX – Festival for Contemporary Electroacoustic Music presents on 9 evenings in September, October and December 2022 each three different artists & composers from almost all continents.

REFLUX is the international continuation of FLUX FESTIVAL – Electroacoustic Music from Berlin which took place in 2018 on seven evenings with a total of 28 positions at Spektrum Neukölln. For each of these evenings we will present a classic in addition to two contemporary positions, so three concert parts of 30-40 minutes each. The program will be adapted to the acoustic and spatial peculiarities of each location or composed especially for these locations. The invited musicians each have an individual sound and formal language and are rarely heard in Berlin. We asked all artists for conceptual proposals, so that the program will be a balanced mixture of composition commissions/premieres, already existing works and rarely heard classics.

Philip Samartzis’ The Blizzard is a multichannel composition solely comprising sound recordings of the presence and effects of high velocity katabatic wind recorded in Eastern Antarctica in 2010 and 2016. The composition draws on hundreds of hours of field recordings to express an immersive and visceral experience of the extreme forces transforming our planet. Many of the recordings were made during the most intense blizzard ever registered at the Australian research station Casey during which time wind gusts exceeded 100 knots. The Blizzard draws on a unique repository of recordings made in extremis to demonstrate the complexity and consequences of extreme climate and weather in places seldom seen or heard, yet integral to our daily existence.

Bernard Parmegiani, from “La Création du Monde” (1982-1984). The first movement “Lumière noire” was premiered on January 31, 1983 at the Acousmatic Cycle in Studio 104 of the French Maison de la Radio in Paris, the final version then on May 14, 1984 also at the Acousmatic Cycle in Studio 104 of the French Maison de la Radio in Paris.

“It was not Genesis according to the Bible, much too anecdotal, that inspired my itinerary, but rather scientific and para-scientific books by Hubert Reeves, Carl Sagan, Robert Clarke, Steven Weinberg, that gave me the main markers. The words that describe astrophysical phenomena are incentive enough to stimulate our musical imagination and feed this world’s reverie. Nothing is more exciting for it than a paradoxical acousmatic vision of the creation of the world.” – Bernard Parmegiani

Beatrice Ferreyra – L’autre rive (The other shore) – State Commission for IMEB (Bourges). Inspired by the Bardo Todol (The Tibetan book of death) this piece has been composed with percussion and some electroacoustic sounds. I thank the percussionist Richard Aratian for his inexhaustible patience, his imagination and his sense of humor during his recordings.

Río de los pájaros ( The bird’s river) -electroacoustic music – 1998 – duration : 12’07’’ – Prize Magistère, Institut de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges (IMEB)’s International Competition 2000. Composed at the author’s studio. Dedicated to Elsa Justel and Roger Cochini. This piece is the first movement of a triptych called Ríos del Sueño (The dream’s rivers). It is a pale and vague transposition of signs and tracs of a very intense musical sensation, that I barely had, one night long ago in a tropical latin-american dream.

REFLUX – Festival for Contemporary Electroacoustic Music

Philip Samartzis: »The Blizzard « (2022)
Bernard Parmegiani: »La création du monde« (1982-1984)
– First movement, “Lumière noire” 17’36
– Métamorphose du vide 23’03 Diffusion: Valerio Tricoli
Beatriz Ferreyra »L’autre rive« 17’20’’ (2007)
Beatriz Ferreyra »Río de los pájaros 12’07’’ (1998)

25.10.2022 | Doors 19:30 | Starts 20:00 CET
Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge | Herzbergstraße 79 (Haus 29) in 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg


REFLUX Festival is a production of zangimusic.wordpress.com with the financial support of Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Tickets are 15/10 Euro Festivalpass 90/60 Euro. Tickets are available at the door. Curated by Ignaz Schick and Werner Dafeldecker

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