Pleased be informed that this lecture will happen at the Steven Baxter Recital Studio as opposed to the Conservatory Foyer as earlier advertised.
Composer-in-residence for the 2018 Sounding Now Festival, Amnon Wolman talks about his music and musical interests. This presentation will also feature the world premiere of Wolman’s For J performed by pianist Jongah Yoon.
Wolman on his presentation
The act of composing music is at once a logical activity and an illogical and emotional one. It is based on many decisions that are taken either consciously or unconsciously, and to my mind a composer needs to question those decisions, and continuously resubmit them to scrutiny. The role of composers in society, their relations to an imaginary audience and a concrete group of performers are the ones that have been the focus of my recent work. But these imply additional specific questions such is how do I, the composer, hear music? what is beautiful or maybe pleasurable for me to write? and how do I think of an imaginary group of people who will interact with the music? Finally, I’ve been excavating the issues of power and distribution of power of time and space; this both in social terms such as the relation between the composer and the performers, and in terms of charged and energy-full parts of specific sounds. It is this process that allows me to see to what extent my compositional process is influenced by decisions that I was not aware that I was making at all. For example, it was a revelation when I discovered that the loudspeaker is an instrument of power that also represents power. It can talk to you, but you cannot talk back to it, nor turn its volume down, in order to do that you need a third party with whom the interaction would be a social interaction and not a musical one.
• Free admission.
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• Out of respect for other concert goers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.