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shut up and listen! 2021


Transdisziplinäres Festival für Musik und Klangkunst







Freitag, 10. Dezember 2021, ~19:15

Volkmar Klien

Nahen - Weiten — für Klavier & Zuspielung

mit Kaori Nishii (Klavier) | Volkmar Klien (Klangregie)


[Kaori Nishii | Foto: Doris Kessler]

[Kaori Nishii]

Nahen - Weiten

True to form each seemingly infinite space emerges in utmost proximity to the moment. A sentence, spoken by the composer: “The truly genial aspects of this piece will be found not in transitional stringencies alone; they lie – first and foremost – in its own reflexivity.” Perhaps that sentence originally referred to intentions – to the work – but it’s semantic being was shaken loose of its sounding reality by radical actions of signal processing. What remains serves as the composition’s most prominent ridge in time. Late in the piece – this extended sounding territory – and similarly categorised as pitch-turned-object, a piano joins in. But the piano is not only a physically constructed, European history of music; it also serves as an extension to the human body and – without being interfaced to a mediated other – allows for direct expression in motion.

Published on the artist’s edition Nahen – Weiten (Aufstieg AV-Künstleredition / KE2015-12i-03)

Volkmar Klien

* 1971 in Wien. Volkmar Klien verbrachte seine Kindheit und Jugend in Wien und war fasziniert vom Musikleben dieser Stadt mit seinen gloriosen Traditionen und Ritualen. Ausgehend von diesem Hintergrund versucht er heute, die Möglichkeiten von Komponieren, Musizieren und Hören weit über klassische Konzertsituationen hinaus zu erweitern. Er ist Professor für Komposition an der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz.



Kaori Nishii

Kaori Nishii was born in Tokio and received her first piano lessons at the age of three. She studied piano, chamber musik, and vocal accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität with H.Medjimorec, F. Zettl, J. Kropfitsch and D. Lutz. Master courses with O. Meisenberg, L.Berman, P. Gililow. She has won numerous prizes and scholarships including the Erika Chary Förderpreis ( 2000, 2002), the Bösendorfer-Stipendium (2001), the Alban Berg Award (2001), the second prizes in the 1. Dr. J. Dichler pianocompetition and in the 7. international competition J.Brahms in Austria. Since 2004 she has been teaching at the University of Musik and Performing Arts Vienna. She regularly gives concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician in several countries of Europe and Japan. She has performed at many Festivals such as „Moscow autumn“ , „Yamaha centenial concert“ , „Meister Konzerte in St. Pölten“, “Feldkirchfestival“, „Wien Modern“, „Carinthischer Sommer“ „ Lange Nacht der Europäischen Musik“. In her extensive repertoire she puts special emphasis on first- and second Wiener Schule and contemporary music. She has collaporated with many contemporary composers of „ÖGZM“, „ IGNM“, „ÖKB“, „Ambitus für neue Musik“ „tonWerke“ and „Circle“ and has premiered over 100 works. Numerous radio- and CD recordings.