[July 16] NYEAF: “Solitarius in 5.1” by Dalia Raudonikytė With

Composer Dalia Raudonikytė With focuses on exploring nuances within the phenomenon of sound, approaching it from a variety of multi-disciplinary angles including the visual arts, literature, philosophy, computer programming, ethnography and electroacoustic music. This innovating and contemporary context enables composer to blur genre boundaries and create works combining philosophical ideas and maxims from great literature with traditional instrumental technique. She seeks to illuminate the idea of how the physicality of text in score expands the thoughts of performers and effects, encodes their perception, interpretation and reproduction of musical sound. This relationship between multidimensional aspects of sound-compositions, technical solutions of soundscapes, as well as perception of space and time bridges our identities, memories and legacy. The surround sound event will feature six pieces by Dalia R. With from her album “Solitarius” (NEW FOCUS RECORDINGS), which was released on July 7. Moto of the event is “Our heads are round, so our thoughts can change direction.” (Francis Picabia)

DATES AND TIMES

Sunday July 16 @ 5 pm

LOCATION

Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602 New York NY 10012 Phone: 212-431-1130 Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R to Prince, #6 to Bleecker

Composer Dalia Raudonikytė With focuses on exploring nuances within the phenomenon of sound, approaching it from a variety of multi-disciplinary angles including the visual arts, literature, philosophy, computer programming, ethnography and electroacoustic music. Her music often creates implicit links to passages from great literature by including literary quotes in her scores that encode the performer’s perception and interpretation with extra-musical reference points. In her solo clarinet work, “Solitarius”, we hear whispered fragments of text occasionally woven into the fabric of the performance itself, a window into the unspoken literary source that informs its interpretation. The work unfolds otherwise as a thoughtful soliloquy, a rhetorical dialogue with different sides of oneself. “Ventus” is timbrally more exploratory, as fluttering extended techniques in the saxophone merge with unstable sounds in the electronics. The chamber orchestra piece “Grues et nix” revels in dense sound masses and long, sustained lines, creating cresting waves of evocative and expressive harmony. “FCH”, an homage to Frederic Chopin, begins with an exploration of sparse lyricism before evoking its dedicatee through pianistic passagework. The solo guitar work “Primo cum lumine solis” also remains within a conventional harmonic frame for the most part, melding the free, rhetorical dialogue of “Solitarius” with modal treatment. The final section of the piece breaks away from the prevailing lyricism with some angular passagework before the final cadence brings back the expansive character of the opening section. The final work on the program, “Idem non semper idem”, returns to the fragility of the extended techniques of the solo saxophone, with unearthly multiphonics serving as architectural pillars for this strange and tactile sonic language. Dalia R. With’s expressive palette is driven by an internal muse. At her disposal is a strong command over experimental instrumental technique as well as a penchant for beautiful expressive melancholy. Connecting the diverse expressive worlds she inhabits is a solemn, lyrical quality that pierces through varied textures. “Solitarius” features two performers from the International Contemporary Ensemble, clarinetist Joshua Rubin and guitarist Daniel Lippel, as well as her longtime collaborator, Norwegian saxophonist Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Lithuanian pianist Šviesė Čepliauskaitė , and The Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra under conductor Donatus Katkus.

BIO

Dalia Raudonikytė With is a composer, pianist and educator. Born in Vilnius, she moved to Oslo in 1998 and now is based in New York. Dalia graduated from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy and was granted a qualification Master of Music in composition and piano education. After receiving a grant from The Research Council of Norway continued her studies for two years in composition and electroacoustic music at Norwegian Academy of Music. Her works include a wide range of performers: from solo instruments to symphony orchestra and from chamber ensembles to electroacoustic compositions. Her music has been premiered and performed in concerts across Europe, the United States, and Russia, including at international music festivals “Gaida”, “Is arti”, “Jauna muzika”, “Muzikos ruduo”, ”Druskomanija” in Lithuania, “Floralia muzyczne” in Poland, Oslo International Church music festival and Bergen International festival in Norway, MATA Festival (New York), and New York film festival Another Experiment by Women. Dalia R. With is a recipient of several grants and fellowships from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Norwegian Music Funds, Norwegian Society of Composers, and Arts Council Norway.

WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

www.daliawithmusic.com

http://www.newfocusrecordings.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolf-Erik_Nystrøm

http://www.kristoforas.lt

https://iceorg.org/about/artist/rubin

http://danlippel.com

http://sviese.com

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