RecomposingArt VIII: beautiful in the subversion of beauty

Irabagon, Wooley, Moran, MIVOS quartet
US-premiere concert

contemporary music by Bojan Vuletic
inspired by and dedicated to Cy Twombly
with Jon Irabagon, Nate Wooley, Matt Moran and MIVOS quartet 

US-premiere concert

Wednesday, November 28th 2018, 7:30 pm

Metropolis Ensemble Space, 1 Rivington Street, 2/Fl, New York, NY 10002

Tickets: $15 General / $10 Students

“[There is] abundant evidence of the paradox governing Twombly’s art—the interplay between the epic scope of his cultural materials and the enigmatic, deeply personal means of their representation… Of course, none of [Twombly’s] ideation, however elegant in its intricacy, would mean much if the images themselves weren’t beautiful—or, to be more accurate, beautiful in their subversion of ‘beauty’. Twombly’s art instructs, perplexes, and ultimately seduces.” – Albert Mobilio

‘beautiful in the subversion of beauty’ is dedicated to the American artist Cy Twombly, whose works often appear to be allegories of fleetingness. Streaks, scribbles, rough sketches and symbols similar to written codes are woven into a linkage between picture, myth and poetry.

The composition is part VIII of composer Bojan Vuletic’s ongoing composition cycle RecomposingArt (2011– ), which takes inspiration from artworks in the fields of poetry, art, photography, theatre, dance, cinematography and literature through recomposition. Vuletic takes these works out of their context in a completely subjective manner, transporting them into a new, purely musical and independent form. So far the following compositions have been premiered and performed in New York and Germany: paintings by Gerhard Richter and Pablo Picasso, a movie by Michael Haneke, novels by Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami and Jorge Luis Borges and poems by Paul Celan.

‘beautiful in the subversion of beauty’ for string quartet, saxophone, vibraphone and trumpet is performed by an ensemble of some of the most distinguished New York musicians of contemporary and improvised music.

Jon Irabagon –saxophone

The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Jon Irabagon has since topped both saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics’ Poll and been named one of Time Out New York’s 25 New York City Jazz Icons and 2012 Musician of the Year in The NYC Jazz Record. “He is a subverter of the jazz form,” declares Martin Longley, “[…] a revolutionary who’s secretly messing with the changes. […] There are few players who can so deftly stride from postbop to free improvisation, avant country to doom metal and then wander from chaotic collage-spraying to sleek-blowing fluency.”

Nate Wooley – trumpet

Nate Wooley is one of the rising stars of the American experimental scene, a trumpet virtuoso whose musical explorations have taken him through ecstatic jazz, free improvisation, drone composition, and noise into a place very much his own, characterised by intense dynamics, an acute awareness of space, and a complex and organic sense of structure. He has been named musicians of the year by El Intruso Jazz, twice by The NYC Jazz Record and was 2016 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

Matt Moran – vibraphone

Matt Moran “plays the vibraphone like a speed-chess master, always darting off into flurries of ingenious, unexpected activity” (Village Voice), performing with artists as diverse as Mat Maneri, Lionel Hampton and Saban Bajramovic. Moran’s sound is integral to an innovative group of New York musicians who blur the boundaries of composition, improvisation, and folk traditions.

Mivos Quartet – string quartet

The Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing works of contemporary composers and presenting new music to diverse audiences. The quartet has performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers representing multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition.

Bojan Vuletic – composition

After a diploma in astro-physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (München), Bojan Vuletic finished jazz-guitar at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem and composition at the Messiaen-Akademie, Netherlands. His compository works reach from chamber, symphonic orchestra and contemporary to world music for a larger variety of groups and projects, theatre productions, contemporary dance performances, art installations, movies and documentaries. In 2016/17 he was substitute professor in the Master’s program Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus-University Weimar.

Co-production with ASPHALT Festival Duesseldorf, funded and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Hosted by Metropolis Ensemble.


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