Karlheinz Essl

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Sequitur VIII (2008)
for electric guitar and live-electronics

Mon, 17 Jan 2022, 20:00
Moscow, Moscow Conservatory Centre for Electroacoustic Music (RU)
Concert Alexey Potatpov
Alexey Potapov: e-guitar & live-electronics


tenet opera rotas (2020)
palindrome for organ solo
Fri, 18 Feb 2022, 19:00 - world premiere
Lutherische Stadtkirche, Vienna (A)
Laudes Organi: Konzert mit Pier Damiano Peretti
Pier Damiano Peretti: organ


Kalimba (2005)
for toy piano and playback

Fri, 4 Mar 2022, 13:00
London, Bishopsgate Institute (UK)
Lunchtime Concert: Késia Decoté
Késia Decoté: toy piano


Gold.Berg.Werk (2003-2020)
A radical re-interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
Version for piano and electronics

Sat, 19 Mar 2022, 1.30am
Newcastle, Sage Gateshead (UK)
After Dark Festival
Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Ed Bennett: sound projection


Gold.Berg.Werk

A Radical Re-Interpretation of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations

GBW-KHE+Xenia_2022

Xenia Pestova Bennett: piano
Karlheinz Essl: composition, live electronics


The Goldberg Variations form a cornerstone of keyboard repertoire, yet we rarely question the mode of presentation for this piece. Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl offers a refreshing glimpse of a new performance practice through his unusual take in Gold.Berg.Werk (2013-16). Originally envisioned as a performance environment for string trio, there is now a version for piano and live electronics.

Gorgeous time-stretched harmonies are manipulated in real time and played back through spatialized loudspeakers in between the piano variations, bringing together Baroque and contemporary sound worlds. This new reimagining of Bach’s vision juxtaposes the variations in a new strictly symmetrical structure which reflects the binary form of the original aria (a microcosm within a macrocosm with binary divisions commonly found in digital systems). No two performances are the same due to the live generation of the electronic interludes. Gold.Berg.Werk transcends itself and becomes a new piece in its own right, creating a sense of space and grandeur through electronic distribution of the interludes. This magical performance invites and entices the audience to join us on a journey of discovery, opening and blossoming into a whole new universe of sound.


Xenia Pestova Bennett about Karlheinz Essl's Gold.Berg.Werk


"Through these interventions, Essl creates two temporally separate soundscapes that are musically related and comment on each other... Essl then spins the Bachian idea of variation on another level and conveys the impression of spatial proximity and distance of these different sound spaces... Essl's live-electronic parts captivate through the richness of relationships... while at the same time going far beyond generating a new sonic-musical fabric." (Stefan Drees, klassik.com)


Concerts

Sat, 26 Mar 2022, 1pm
London, St John's Leytonstone (UK)
Piano Day – Gold.Berg.Werk with Xenia Pestova Bennett & Karlheinz Essl

Sun, 27 Mar 2022, 8pm
Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall (UK)
Gold.Berg.Werk: The Goldberg Variations Reimagined

Mon, 28 Mar 2022, 6pm
Birmingham, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK)
Xenia Pestova & Karlheinz Essl: Gold.Berg.Werk

Thu, 31 March 2022, 6pm
Wien, Künstlerhaus - FACTORY (A)
Release Concert Gold.Berg.Werk 2021

Karlheinz Essl performs Aria Electronica I
Xenia Pestova Bennett plays JS Bach's Goldberg Variations, Var. I
Künsterlhaus Vienna, 31 Mar 2022



Sequitur VII (2008)
for saxophone and live-electronics

Tue, 29 Mar 2022
Plasencia, Semana Cultural Conservatorio García Matos (E)
Lenguajes Siglo XX-XXI
Diego Carretero: saxophone & live-electronics


TAU - Zeichen des Umbruchs (2021)
14 movements for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, french horn, accordion and cello
composed by Karlheinz Essl, Tanja Elisa Glinsner, Jakob Gruchmann-Bernau, Till Alexander Körber
Inspired by the 14 paintings Piraner Kreuzweg von Valentin Oman

Sun, 3 Apr 2022, 15:00
Salzburg, Kollegienkirche (A)
Tanja Elisa Glinsner: mezzo soprano
Elisabeth Möst: flutes
Marco Sala: clarinets
Daniel Loipold: french horn
Eva Maria Mitter: accordion
Barbara Körber: cello
Jean-Bernard Matter: conducting

Karlheinz Essl: TAU XII - Jesus stirbt am Kreuz
Kollegienkirche Salzburg, 3 Apr 2022



7x7 - fo(u)r saxophones (2006)
musical mobile for 4 saxophones

Thu, 7 Apr 2022, 12:15
Zurich, Kunsthalle Zürich (CH)
7x7 fo(u)r saxophones
Festival Zurich Saxfest
Uday Singh, Josep Mas Mestre, Ranna Taniguchi, Simon Fluri: alto sax


TAU - Zeichen des Umbruchs (2021)
14 movements for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, french horn, accordion and cello
composed by Karlheinz Essl, Tanja Elisa Glinsner, Jakob Gruchmann-Bernau, Till Alexander Körber
Inspired by the 14 paintings Piraner Kreuzweg von Valentin Oman

Fri, 15 Apr 2022, 15:00
Linz, Ursulinenkirche (A)
Concert Spirituel am Karfreitag
Tanja Elisa Glinsner: mezzo soprano
Elisabeth Möst: flutes
Marco Sala: clarinets
Daniel Loipold: french horn
Eva Maria Mitter: accordion
Barbara Körber: cello
Jean-Bernard Matter: conducting


H.E.A.R. (Head Explores Auditory Realms) (2021-2022)
An Audiovisual Journey Through Nature

Fri, 22 April 2022 - world premier
Earth Day Art Model 2022 - Telematic Festival
Karlheinz Essl: composition, field recordings, lyrics
MONOCOLOR: video
Andrea Nagl: ASMR voice



Prends le Fa (2019)
for piano solo
Sat, 23 Apr 2022, 19:30 - Austrian premiere
Langenzersdorf Museum (A)
Max Brand Tage 2022: musik.strömung 22
Elisabeth Aigner-Monarth: piano



Deploração (2020)
lament for two guitars
Sun, 8 May 2022, 17:00
Sursee, Pfarrei St. Georg (CH)
Klangraum Sursee
Gitarren-Duo santorsa~pereyra
Adrian Pereyra: guitar
Ruben Mattia Santorsa: guitar


après l'avant (2021)
electronic soundtrack for a film by Kurt Brazda
Tue, 10 May 2022, 19:00 - premiere
Vienna, Produzentengalerie (A)
Vernissage Kurt Brazda: Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis



Pachinko (2013)
for toy piano and computer
Fri, 13 May 2022, 20:00
Brussels, Le Lac (A)
Festival Nuits du Beau Tas, #10th Edition
Thérèse Malengreau: toy piano & computer


Kalimba (2005)
for toy piano and playback
Sat, 21 May 2022, 15:00
Bremen, Park rund um das »Haus im Park« (D)
Wandelkonzerte im Freien
Soli für Solo-Selbständige
Daria-Karmina Iossifova: toy piano


Sequitur XI (2010)
for vibraphone, cymbal and live-electronics
Sun, 22 May 2022, 18:30
Aveiro, Teatro Aveirense (PT)
Aveiro_Síntese 2022: bienal de música electroacústica
Jonathan da Silva: vibraphone & cymbal
Nádia Carvalho: live-electronics


unbestimmt (2020)
for mechanical organ
Tue, 30 Jun 2022, 20:00
Linz, Alter Dom (A)
Linzer Orgelsommer 2022
Bernhard Prammer: Orgel


tenet opera rotas (2020)
for organ

Sat, 20 Aug 2022
Kassel, St. Martin (D)
BRANDNEU – Festival of Europe’s Newest Organ Music 2022 Kassel
Pier Damiano Peretti: organ


unbestimmt (2020)
for organ

Sat, 27 Aug 2022, 18:00
Lüneburg, St. Johannis-Kirche (D)
Lüneburger Orgelsommer
Pier Damiano Peretti: organ


Prendere il Fa (2021)
for organ

Sat, 3 Sep 2022 - world premiere
Kassel, St. Martin (D)
BRANDNEU – Festival of Europe’s Newest Organ Music 2022 Kassel
Wolfgang Kogert: organ


Puzzle of Purcell (2017-2020)
version for organ
Sun, 16 Oct 2022, 17:00
Zürich, Johanneskirche (CH)
Wolfgang Kogert: organ



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