Samstag, 23. November 2013, 11.00 Éliane Radigue Trilogie de la Mort / Kyema - Klangprojektion Danach: Brunch Trilogie de la Mort - Teil 1: Kyema - Klangprojektion This profound work of electronic music on three CDs is based on the composer's complete  immersion in Tibetan Buddhist teaching, and takes its title from Thomas Merton's Trilogy on  Death: "Going beyond death in this life, beyond the dichotomy of life and death, and so to  become a witness to life itself." The first "chapter" is "Kyema," composed during the years  1985-1988. It was inspired by texts of the Bardo-Thödol (a book of the dead) and "evokes the  six intermediate states which constitute the 'existential continuity' of being: Kyene (birth),  Milam (dream), Samtem (contemplation and meditation), Chikai (death), Chönye (clear light),  and Sippai (crossing and return)." The slowly changing timbres create quite physical resonances  and density modulations, suggesting encounters with traveling personalities, some comforting,  some evoking deep and strange spirits. "Kyema" is dedicated to the composer's son Yves Arman, who passed away in a car accident shortly before its completion. The second chapter,  "Kailasha" (1988-1991), is "an imaginary journey around the most sacred of the Himalayan  mountains, Mount Kailash," but since the mountain is considered a "natural mandala," the work  also attempts to recreate the illusion found in works of visual artists Albers and Escher, where  one perspective overlaps and flips over into another, involuntarily. The composer considers  "Kailasha" to be "the most chaotic part of the trilogy" and deeply unnerving. "Koumé," the third  chapter, emphasizes the transcendence of death. The title of "Koumé"'s fourth subsection  quotes the Bible in Corinthians XV ("O Death, where is thy victory?"): "Ashes of illusion  becoming light. Descent to the deepest, where the spark of life is. There, Death is born. Death  becomes birth. Actively re-beginning. Eternity -- a perpetual becoming."  ["Blue" Gene Tyranny, All Music Guide, USA] Eliane Radigue  Éliane Radigue was born in Paris, France. She studied electroacoustic music techniques at the  Studio d'essai at the RTF, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry (1957-58).  She was married to the artist, Arman, and devoted ten years to the education of three  children, deepening classical music studies and instrumental practice on the harp and piano at  the same time. In 1967-68 she worked again with Pierre Henry, as his assistant at the Studio  Apsome. Radigue worked for a year at the New York University School of the Arts in 1970-71.  Her music, its source an Arp synthesizer and medium recording tape, attracted considerable  attention for its sensitive, dappled purity. She was in residence at the electronic music studios  of the University of Iowa and California Institute of the Arts in 1973. Becoming a Tibetan  Buddhist in 1975, Radigue went into retreat, and stopped composing for a time. When she took  up her career again in 1979, she continued to work with the Arp synthesizer which has become  her signature. She composed Triptych for the Ballet Théâtre de Nancy (choreography by  Douglas Dunn), Adnos II & Adnos III, and began the large-scale cycle of works based on the life  of the Tibetan master, Milarepa. [...] recently, in response to the demands of musicians  worldwide, she has begun creating works for specific performers and instruments together  with electronics.  [Lovely Music, USA]
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