ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2015:
Cikada's piano trio
THURSDAY 4 JUNE
KL. 20:00 (exact start time)
Since its 1989 formation in Oslo, the Cikada Ensemble has developed a refined and highly acclaimed profile on the international contemporary music scene. Cikada are performing as a piano trio at the opening concert, and will be playing Francesco Filidei - Corde Vuote, Gérard Pesson - Ne pas oublier coq rouge dans jour craquelé (moments Proust) og Chiyoko Szlavnics - Constellations. The piano trio consists of Karin Hellqvist, Kenneth Karlsson and Torun Stavseng.
Gérard Pesson’s Ne pas oublier coq rouge dans jour craquelé (moments Proust) consists of a variety of musical moments inspired by Marcel Proust’s sketchbooks. The work is a tribute to Vinteuil, a fictional composer appearing in In Search of Lost Time, in addition to being a meditation of other Proust mysteries. The phrase that is the work's title is a memento Proust scribbled on the back page 45 of Volume No. 4 (1914-1917) and is related to both a painting by Bruegel and the glowing septet constituting Vinteuils last opus.
Francesco Filidei’s piece has the descriptive title Corde vuote that in Italian means open strings. Longer parts of the piece are played on open strings, and the listener is therefore invited to open her ears to the many different shades that lies in string instruments, colored by the piano with its gently rolling crescendo/diminuendo.
From the very beginning, Cikada has consisted of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, string quintet and conductor Christian Eggen. All ten are equal, permanent members, and the ensemble has become synonymous with the Oslo Sound of fresh, vibrant, warm and virtuosic interpretations of consciously selected, contemporary repertoire.
In concerts at major international festivals and on numerous albums, Cikada’s distinct ensemble profile manifests itself in strong programming. Integral to this work is a wish to develop long-term collaborations with composers and to build composer portraits with commissioned works over time.
The nine musicians also form various formations within the group: Cikada String Quartet and Cikada Trio (flute, clarinet, piano) work as independent Cikada units, adding to the ensemble’s international identity. Cikada was awarded the prestigious Nordisk Råds Musikkpris in 2005.