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A piece by Ricardo Eizirik for five performers (WP)

Fri 11 August 2023, 22.00


For adolescência there are around 150 people allowed in the hall at the same time and only with ear plugs. Entrance will be fluid.
⚠️ WARNING: Very high sound levels are reached at the concert. There is a risk of hearing damage.
We will provide earplugs and highly recommend that you wear them. If you do not feel comfortable, please leave the room immediately.

Ricardo Eizirik: adolescência for five performers (2022/23, WP)

Carola Schaal (Clarinet)
Roberto Maqueda (Electronics)
Jennifer Torrence (Modified Drum Set and Amplified Percussion)
Francesco Palmieri (Electric Guitar)
Håkon Stene (Modified Drum Set and Amplified Percussion)

Ricardo Eizirik (Electronics)

When the Brazilian composer Ricardo Eizirik, who now lives in Zurich and Berlin, plans a project on adolescence, one can really be curious – Eizirik has never avoided clear aesthetic positions despite a deliberately extremely heterogeneous artistic position. His music likes to make contact with pop cultural phenomena, and so he also describes his latest project adolescência as “celebration and (meta-)reflection on archetypes of aggression in youth culture and music (specially focusing on the period around the popularisation of the internet: 1990s-2010s).” Eizirik’s own youth experiences in Brazil, when he played in punk, hardcore, drone, metal, indie, and noise rock bands, are incorporated, as well as finds of youth aggression from hip-hop, electronic, or improvised music. But it is always about a kind of meta-level, about staged archetypes related to these musical performance practices; think, for example, of dark club rooms, booming basses or minimal lighting moods that amplify the movements of the musicians inside through shadows or small changes in color. For the premiere of adolescência in Darmstadt, Ricardo Eizirik has assembled a hand-picked ensemble (including our two percussion tutors Jennifer Torrence and Håkon Stene), which together with him musically traces the path of adolescence.