ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2017
Jennifer Walshe + Arditti Quartet
Highly relevant topics such as natural disasters, economic crises, Bitcoin, drones and plastic are key in Jennifer Walshe’s new piece for the Arditti Quartet.
Widely known for their energetic and technically refined interpretations of contemporary music, the Arditti Quartet has had hundreds of works written for them by pioneers such as John Cage, Elliott Carter, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. With a self-proclaimed mission of "attacking the future" they currently cooperate with radical composers.
One of them is Jennifer Walshe, Irish composer, singer and contemporary artist who constantly breaks new ground, from operas about Barbie dolls and women’s boxing, via interpretations of songs by Norwegian metal band Darkthrone (a collaboration with Soft Pink Truth) and score projects on Snapchat, to writing a fictional avant garde history.
Walshe's piece Everything Is Important (2016) was the biggest highlight at Darmstadt earlier this year. Through a cutting-edge artistic hybrid of music, vocal performance and film, the work conveys a modern mindset deeply influenced by our online lives, with climate change and economic inequality as a dark backdrop.
Written especially for the Arditti Quartet, her work is a declaration of love to life on earth, where everything is connected to everything. Walshe herself performs with vocals in the piece.
Norwegian premiere Thursday 18 May. More info to come.
The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Many of these works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. World premieres of quartets by composers such as Abrahamsen, Ades, Andriessen, Aperghis, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Dillon, Dufourt, Dusapin, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Guerrero, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Maderna, Manoury, Nancarrow, Reynolds, Rihm, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen and Xenakis and hundreds more show the wide range of music in the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire. The ensemble believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore attempts to work with every composer it plays.
The Arditti Quartet is: Irvine Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan (vlns), Ralf Ehlers (vla), Lucas Fels (vc)
“The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years” (The Irish Times) and “Wild girl of Darmstadt” (Frankfurter Rundschau), composer and performer Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world. She has been the recipient of fellowships and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York; the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, the Internationales Musikinstitut, Darmstadt and Akademie Schloss Solitude among others. Walshe has written a large number of operas and theatrical works, including XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!! an opera for Barbie dolls, available on DVD from Mere Records, and Die Taktik, for the Junge Oper Stuttgart.