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Aliona Yurtsevich
between two waves of the sea

VIAGGIO INTERIORE [Awakening of Alice] (2009) for soprano, percussion, harp, 2 recorders and electronic tape; Equanimity of Old (2008) for mechanical organ and two players; Different Equations of Hesitation (2008) for prepared piano, harpsichord, percussion, 2 harps, trumpet, oboe, 2 recorders and 8-channel electronic tape; The Garden of Earthly Delights (2011) for solo accordion; ...in the stillness between two waves of the sea... (2010) electronic tape composition

Composer Aliona Yurtsevich has firmly situated herself within the “interdisciplinary” field of music composition, in which music is an alchemical substance that perfectly melts and unifies all other art forms – of word, gesture, image, idea, technology – into a transcendent and satisfying whole, with music itself as a co-dependent member of a broader alliance. Hers is a world in which music continually engages other sense modalities, reaches beyond the purely aural domain and seduces us into multiple responses in body, mind and heart. Each new piece involves a rethinking of form, medium and material, the nature of the performing space, the status of the performer’s body and instrument, the extent of the bleed-through from music into visual or kinetic domains. As a composer Aliona Yurtsevich is developing her own unique style, exploring the traditional abilities of acoustic instruments with the emphasis on theatrical aspect of performance on stage, live electronics, sound spatialization and sound itself. Her work leans towards the experimental multidisciplinary sound-theater exploring musicality of the visual and the visuality of the musical performance. In her work she puts strong emphasis on researching the interrelation between different creative forms and languages in the musical context, where any additional media used are genetically embedded in the score from the start of the creation of the new work.

Different Equations Of Hesitation: This piece is dealing closely and intimately with the perception of space in musical context, which was the main inspiration for the concept and musical material of the piece. Space, generally, is referred as physical and musical element - not only by placing musicians at opposite physical locations in the performance space, but also by arranging musical material using contrast musical textures and instrumental timbres to create an illusion of physical space within musical medium. The acoustics of the space play the role of a living, self-balancing surface - that is constantly being penetrated by suddenly appearing musical motives and textures  – which “observes and defines” their relationships and provides the ground for these musical elements to resolve their “differences” and to blend within the musical context of the piece. Equanimity Of Old: The inspiration for the piece was the instrument itself - Bätz's mechanical organ and its unique sonority. By manually controlling air in the pipes it reveals its beautiful, rich in overtones and fragile micro-tonal language, which goes beyond classical organ music tradition, exposing 'hidden' overtones and harmonies that are not possible to notate by classical notation precisely. A special notation was specifically created to depict the slightest movements of the stops. Due to its fragile microtonal world this piece is not meant nor expected to sound the same every time it is being performed. It is an intimate dialog between the player and the instrument, where time as a fixed notion does not apply. VIAGGIO INTERIORE [Awakening Of Alice]: This work represents the invisible theater of a daring and puzzling journey into oneself, filled with a whimsical curiosity and abundant absurdity that one may go through in one's head. Juxtaposing harmony and chaos, order and disorder, it deals with an old philosophical question of what is dream and what is reality? Viaggio Interiore is a “silent drama”, a drama without “a drama”. It presents itself as the question and the answer at the same time: a question that one cannot ask, and an answer that one cannot have. The sonic tapestry of its virtual musical reality invites an audience “to experience” the struggle between word and meaning, visible and invisible, seen and unseen. The “experience” in itself, in the way, might be an answer and is very personal to each individual listener. The Garden of Earthly Delights is based on the masterpiece by Bosch “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, with the aim to reenact and to transcribe visual imagery, human scenarios and emotions depicted in the painting into musical material, based on which this piece for constructed. ...In the stillness between two waves of the sea...: The presence of nothing and everything at the same time. 'One' affects 'another' - oscillating, vibrating between clarity and vagueness, transparency and opaqueness, between tranquility and restlessness, between wholeness and falling to pieces. Sparse, calm, almost still, almost silent, gently elevating and grounding again, penetrating air, passing through and passing by – the sounds and physical movements as one entity are striving together for a balance, sharing one space. Music becomes a 'physical' entity present in space, creating space within the space seamlessly blending different modalities of our perception into one unifying form.

Cat.# :: Composer(s)
:: Yiorgis Sakellariou
:: Kasper T. Toeplitz
:: Tom Hamilton
:: David First
:: Tomomi Adachi / Jaap Blonk / Owen F. Smith / Duane Ingalls
:: Marta Sainz &
If, Bwana
21081 :: Aliona Yurtsevich
:: If, Bwana
:: Ulrich Krieger
:: Triple Point
:: Robin Hayward
:: Ron Nagorcka
:: Secluded Bronte
:: David Rosenboom
:: Peter Batchelor
21072 :: Alvin Lucier
21071 :: Lou Cohen
21070 :: Brian Chase
21069 :: Jerry Hunt
21068 :: If, Bwana
21067 :: Jorge Antunes
21066 :: Enzo Minarelli
21065 :: Tensions At The Vanguard
21064 :: Frances White
21063 :: Noah Creshevsky
21062 :: If,Bwana/Trio Scordatura
21061 :: Nate Wooley
21060 :: Leo Kupper
21059 :: Pauline Oliveros/ Francisco López/Doug Van Nort/Jonas Braasch
21058 :: Philip Corner
21057 :: Alvin Lucier
21056 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21055 :: Birds + Machines
21054 :: Kiva
21053 :: César Bolaños
21052 :: Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos
21051 :: Tom Hamilton/
Bruce Eisenbeil
21050 :: Source Records 1-6
21049 :: Noah Creshevsky/ If,Bwana
21048 :: Simon Wickham-Smith
21047 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21046 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21045 :: Annea Lockwood
21044 :: Felix Werder
21043 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21042 :: Nick Didkovsky
21041 :: Montreal Sound Matter
21040 :: Anla Courtis
21039 :: Crawling with Tarts
21038 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21037 :: Hans Otte
21036 :: DIY Canons
21035 :: Band/Myers
21034 :: Chris Brown
21033 :: Tom Johnson
21032 :: Roger Reynolds
21031 :: Trios - Collaboration
21030 :: Beth Anderson
21029 :: Hamilton, Silverton, Margolis
21028 :: Warren Burt
21027 :: Jorge Antunes
21026 :: David Dunn
21025 :: Roger Reynolds
21024 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21023 :: Pauline Oliveros
21022 :: David Rosenboom
21021 :: Ross Bolleter
21020 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21019 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21018 :: Leo Kupper
21017 :: Robert Rutman
21016 :: Matthew Ostrowski
21015 :: various
21014 :: Rune Linblad
21013 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21012 :: Pauline Oliveros
21011 :: Rune Linblad
21010 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21009 :: Leo Kupper
21008 :: various
21007 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21006 :: Trigger
21005 :: Big City Orchestra
IB :: If,Bwana
FPM :: Frog Peak Music
CUE :: C.U.E. Records
SOP :: Sound of Pig Cassettes
ANTS :: Ants (Italian Label)
ANIMUL :: Ned Rothenberg
HOMLER :: Anna Homler
OAKSMUS :: oaksmus (German Label)
GD STEREO :: Geoff Dugan
ANOMALOUS :: Anomalous Records
NONSEQUITUR :: Nonsequitur

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