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FAST DARKNESS
The Riot Ensemble plays music by Chaya Czernowin, Clara Iannotta and James Tenney
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Sun 08 August 2021, 22.00
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Chaya Czernowin: Fast Darkness I: I can see your turned eyes from inside your body (2020) for bass clarinet and ensemble – 32’

James Tenney: Having Never Written a Note for Percussion (1971) for percussion – 12’

Clara Iannotta: They left us grief-trees wailing at the wall (2020) – 17’

Ausias Garrigos Morant (Bass clarinet)
Riot Ensemble
Aaron Holloway-Nahum (Musical Direction)

Charged with energy and brimming with self-confidence, the London-based Riot Ensemble has firmly established their position on the international music scene, going from strength to strength with drive and determination. In 2020, the musicians were awarded one of the first prizes for ensembles by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. Since the group’s formation in 2012, the ensemble can now proudly look back on over 200 world premieres in major festivals and concert halls across Europe and the UK. Under the direction of Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Riot Ensemble are making their first guest appearance at the Darmstadt Summer Course – in unusual times, from an unusual venue some 900 kilometers away: The Hush House was built to test jet engines without disturbing the nearby population. In tribute to the building’s history of experimentation, extreme internal energy and constant forward movement, Riot is excited to present pieces by Chaya Czernowin (Fast Darkness I: I can see your turned eyes from inside your body) and Clara Iannota (They left us grief-trees wailing at the wall), both composed directly for the ensemble by composers whom they have worked closely with throughout our their formative years. Between these expansive works, blooming to fill the entirety of the cavernous space which doubles throughout this concert as a sort of unhinged reverb plugin, sits James Tenney’s panoptic Having Never Written a Note for Percussion.

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