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By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 29 OCTOBER 2012 — Sicilian-born composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s soundscape Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni (Cutting the Circle of Sounds) (1997), a site-specific work for four flute soloists and one hundred migranti, or migrating flutists, will receive its U.S. premiere in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on Tuesday 20 November at 8 pm.

Drawing inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic spiraling architecture, Sciarrino  (b. 1947, Palermo)  has developed a specialized plan for the Guggenheim performance, which features the four soloists forming a circle around the seated audience and creating an accelerating swirl of sound, only to be interrupted by the one hundred migrating performers, who walk in procession through the space, introducing a forward flow of sound and movement while "cutting the circle of sounds. Sciarrino’s music often focuses on the aspect of perception: "Metaphysical buildings of thought,  subjective expression, great ideas about mankind — everything that has inspired and burdened music since the 19th century is secondary in it, and when it is heard, then in a totally non-pathetic, almost casual manner."

The four soloists are flutists Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and member of the International Contemporary Ensemble; Kelli Kathman, a regular performer with Alarm Will Sound, Signal, and Sospiro Winds; Eric Lamb, member of the International Contemporary Ensemble; and Jayn Rosenfeld, executive director of the New York New Music Ensemble.

The one hundred migrating performers range from seasoned professionals to students of all ages and represent the full scope of the New York flute community. Noted flutist and movement specialist Zara Lawler will stage and coordinate the performance.

Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni is a 70-minute performance without intermission.

Considered to be at the forefront of European contemporary music, composer Salvatore Sciarrino began as a visual artist. And with the exception of early piano lessions in his native Palermo, he never attended a conservatory for the formal study of music. For the most part, he taught himself the art of composition. As a result, Sciarrino is known for using isolated harmonics and unusual methods of tone production within his work, which is characterized by the frequent use of silence as a part of the compositional structure. Musicologist Laurent Feneyrou has characterized Sciarrino's music as evolving toward the borderland of sound, suggesting "vast uninhabited spaces, especially the ocean wastes, the confines of dream…."

Sciarrino has composed music for La Scala, the Venice Biennale, the Stuttgart Opera Theatre, and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Prince Pierre of Monaco Prize in Musical Composition (2003), the Feltrinelli International Award (2003), and the Salzburg Music Prize (2006).

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 423 35 00


Headline photo above: Salvatore Sciarrino

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