Luciano Berio – Differences for flute, clarinet, harp, viola, cello and tape (1959)
Ewa Trębacz – Ligeia for ensemble and surround sound (2015) – World premiere
Kaija Saariaho – Lichtbogen for nine instruments and live electronics (1986)
Seattle Modern Orchestra presents a full concert of electronic music, including three works from three different generations and three stages of technologic development. SMO has commissioned Seattle-based Polish composer and research scientist at University of Washington DxARTS Ewa Trębacz to write Ligeia (2016), a piece for ensemble and surround sound in its World Premiere. Trębacz utilizes the latest technologies in sound processing and spatialization in an immersive approach to music with a lyrical narrative. To place this new work in context, this concert will present Differences (1959) by celebrated Italian composer Luciano Berio for small ensemble and tape. The tape plays a filtered, transposed, expanded recording of the acoustic part, creating a polyphonic relationship with the live ensemble. Finally, we will feature Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Lichtbogen (stemming from Northern Lights) for ensemble and live electronics designed at the French institute IRCAM.
Pre-concert presentation at 7:30 PM.