Karlheinz Essl

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Calender 2022

Concerts / Performances / Lectures


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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)
soundtrack for an essay 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



Sequitur I (2008)
for flute and live-electronics
Tue, 7 Jun 2022, 17:00
Vilnius, Lithuanian Academy for Music and Theater (LT)
LMTA doktorantai: Kristupas Gikas
Kristupas Gikas: flute & live-electronics


Con una certa espressione parlante (1985/2015)
for extended piano and electronics

Tue, 14 Jun 2022, 18:45
Lugano, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (CH)
Recital per il conseguimento del Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy
Federica Vallone: piano
Danilo Gervasoni: live-electronics




Karlheinz Essl @ Künstlerhaus Wien

Werke und Performance im Rahmen der 1503. Mitgliederausstellung

Kuratiert von Georg Schöllhammer und Fanny Hauser

22.6. - 25.9.2022
Künstlerhaus Wien


KHE-Leitner_2021

Photo © 2021 by Martin Leitner


Ausstellungsbeteiligung

23.6. - 25.9.2022
Künstlerhaus Wien

ex machina (2002)
for 6 percussionists encircling the audience
Studio Percussion graz, Dir. Günter Meinhart


après l'avant (2021)
soundtrack for an essay film by Kurt Brazda


FABRIC (2017)
video/sound/performance
A3 print-out of one page of the score

FABRIC-GUI_2022


Eröffnungsmusik

22.6.2022, 18:30
Künstlerhaus Wien
Evgeny Ignashev: Klangprojektion

Sonnez la cloche! (2003)
sound performance with bells
FABRIC (2017)
sound performance on Schubert
Some Way Up (2017)
sound performance on a painting by Rubens



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


Il ritorno di Kreisler

sound interventions in open space

TEATRI DEL SUONO
Festival di musica e culture contemporanee

2. Luglio 2022, ore 20:30
Trieste-Contovello
Park Miru

Karlheinz Essl: live performance


KHE-Lukoszevieze_2008

Photo © 2008 by Anton Lukoszevieze


italian

200 anni dopo la sua scomparsa, E.T.A. Hoffmann – il grande scrittore, intellettuale e musicista tedesco, genio poliederico del fantastico e del meravigioso – torna sulla terra sotto le spoglie del suo alter ego, il Maestro di cappella Johannes Kreisler. Dopo un lungo viaggio nel tempo e nello spazio, approda a Contovello, un piccolo borgo vicino a Trieste. Accompagnato dal ricordo delle musiche di Bach, Mozart e Schubert, il suo spirito vaga tra i vicoli, le case, le alture e i boschi vicini. Con l’aiuto di computer e tecnologia, siamo riusciti a rendere udibili i suoni che Kreisler ha sognato e che il compositore viennese Karlheinz Essl metterà in scena per noi.
Saranno eseguite dal vivo le seguenti composizioni elettroniche: “Sonnez la cloche!”, “Mozart-Lamento”, “FABRIC” e un remix degli intermezzi elettronici di “Gold.Berg.Werk”, che sarà realizzato nella sua forma completa il 22 ottobre 2022 al Teatro Miela, nell’ambito delle giornate del festival a Trieste.

english

200 years after his death, E.T.A. Hoffmann – the great German author, intellectual and musician, a multifaceted genius of the fantastic and the wondrous – returns to earth in the guise of his alter ego, the Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler. After a long journey through time and space, he lands in Contovello, of all places, a small village near Trieste. Accompanied by memories of the music of Bach, Mozart and Schubert, his spirit wanders through the alleys, houses, heights and nearby woods. With the help of computers and technology, we were able to make audible the sounds that Kreisler dreamed up and that the Viennese composer Karlheinz Essl will stage for us.
You will hear live performances of the following compositions: “Sonnez la cloche!”, “Mozart-Lamento”, “FABRIC” and a remix of the electronic interludes from “Gold.Berg.Werk”, which will be performed in its complete form on 22 October 2022 at Teatro Miela, during the festival’s events in Trieste.

deutsch

200 Jahre nach seinem Ableben kehrt E.T.A. Hoffmann in Gestalt des Kapellmeisters Kreisler wieder auf die Erde zurück. Nach einer langen Reise durch Zeit und Raum landet er ausgerechnet in Contovello, einem kleinen Dorf nahe Triest. Begleitet von Erinnerungen an die Musik von Bach, Mozart und Schubert streift sein Geist durch die Gassen und Plätze, den Park und die angrenzenden Wälder. Dank avancierter Computertechnologie ist es uns geglückt, jene Klänge hörbar zu machen, die Kreisler sich da zusammengeträumt hat und die der Wiener Komponist Karlheinz Essl für uns in Szene setzen wird.
Zu hören sind Live-Performances folgender Kompositionen: “Sonnez la cloche!”, “Mozart-Lamento”, “FABRIC” sowie ein Remix der elektronischen Zwischenspiele aus “Gold.Berg.Werk”, das in seiner vollständigen Form am 22. Oktober 2022 in Triest, Teatro Miela, im Rahmen des Festivals in der Stadt, gespielt werden wird.


Statement Kapellmeister Kreisler vulgo Karlheinz Essl


Programma

Sonnez la cloche! (2003)
in ricordo di Joyce
FABRIC (2017)
in ricordo di Schubert
Mozart-Lamento (2015)
in ricordo di Mozart
Gold.Berg.Werk REMIX (2004-2020)
in ricordo di Bach




Sequitur XI (2010)
for vibraphone, cymbal and live-electronics
Thu, 7 Jul 2022
Murtosa, Oficina de Artes (PT)
Quintas das Artes
Jonathan da Silva: vibraphone & cymbal
Nádia Carvalho: live-electronics


tenet opera rotas (2020)
for organ

Sat, 20 Aug 2022, 19:00
Kassel, St. Martin (D)
BRANDNEU – Internationaler Orgelsommer 2022
Recital #9
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, 19:00 - world premiere
Kassel, St. Martin (D)
BRANDNEU – Internationaler Orgelsommer 2022
Recital #11
Wolfgang Kogert: organ


erat Verbum (2020-2022)
electronic sound performance

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 - world premiere
Vienna, Künstlerhaus (A)
punctum collective: Blinds II
Karlheinz Essl: computer & controllers


Kalimba (2005)
for toy piano and playback

Wed, 29 Sep 2022, 20:30
Deià, Mallorca (E)
Festival Internacional de Música de Deià
Neus Estarellas Calderón: toy piano


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


Portrait Karlheinz Essl @ ROTE WAND

"Where Sound Meets Nature and Nature Meets Sound"

Künstlerhaus Wien - FACTORY
1010 Wien, Bösendorferstr. 10

18. Oktober 2022, 18:00 Uhr

Moderation: Erwin Uhrmann


KHE-Lunz-2018

Photo © 2018 by Simon Essl


Programm

H.E.A.R. (Head Explores Auditory Realms) (2021-2022)
an audiovisual journey through nature
Karlheinz Essl: composition, field recordings, lyrics
MONOCOLOR: video
Andrea Nagl: ASMR voice


Some Way Up (2017)
sound/performance on a painting by Peter Paul Rubens
Karlheinz Essl: computer & controllers

rubens-gewitterlandschaft

Peter Paul Rubens: Gewitterlandschaft (ca. 1620)
© Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien


W.A.L.D. (2020-2022) - premiere
dance/sound/video/performance
Andrea Nagl: choreography, dance, objects, video
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics, objects

KHE+AN_GP




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

Sat, 22 Oct 2022
Trieste, Teatro Miela (UK)
Teatri del suono - Festival di musica e culture contemporanee
Claudio Cristani: piano
Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics



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