RAMON HUMET AND PABLO CARRASCOSA
Commitment to new creation is at the very core of L’Auditori’s artistic project. This season, with Ramon Humet and Pablo Carrascosa Llopis, paragons of two of the most prolific generations of composers over recent years, we will continue to explore new ways of conceiving the concert experience through the commissioning and premiering of works of long duration, and will be able to enjoy their compositions during L’Auditori’s different seasons. Their names join those of Hèctor Parra, Manuel Rodríguez Valenzuela, Raquel García-Tomás, Octavi Rumbau and Luis Codera Puzo, who have been guests in previous seasons.
The OBC will perform Gagaku from the symphonic catalogue of Ramon Humet (Barcelona, 1968), under the direction of Cristian Măcelaru. Humet will get the Sampler Sèries and Escenes underway with Homenaje a Martha Graham (Homage to Martha Graham), a cycle of 80-minute songs for soprano, piano, shakuhachi, four percussionists and dance based on texts by the poet Mario Lucarda. The premier incorporates the commission of a choreography created by Virginie Mécène and performed by the brilliant PeiJu Chien-Pott, a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company. An impressive ensemble will perform the musical score: Sarah Maria Sun, Alberto Rosado, Kaoru Kakizakai and Neopercusión. The Llum (Light) choral cycle will be the other major project offered by the Catalan composer. The work, which will be presented by the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir, takes us on an internal journey to the spiritual dimension of man. In the Chamber Music season, Armida Quartett will premier Fràgil (Fragile), a work commissioned for string quartet and electronics in which Ramon Humet amplifies friction, strikes and resonances to the limits of sound.
As part of the OBC’s season, the composer Pablo Carrascosa Llopis (Valencia, 1979) will premiere a work that moves away from the traditional rhetoric of symphonic music, dividing the orchestra into several distinct groups and making use of the loop and music tapes as compositional tools. Carrascosa Llopis will also premiere White with Frames Percussion and the Barcelona Modern Ensemble. The composer presents this work in two radically different formats: as a live electronic music session performed by Carrascosa Llopis himself, and as a concert with solely acoustic instruments. The acoustic versatility of L’Auditori’s Sala 4 will permit the composer to define different configurations of the space for each part of the work.