From May 12-21, Ein Schemen by Yannis Kyriakides will be performed by Remy van Kesteren (electric harp) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Peter Dijkstra. This piece is a result of a commission of the Nederlands Kamerkoor & Remy van Kesteren. There will be 6 performances at many of the main concert halls in The Netherlands, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, and the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, among others.
Ein Schemen is a reworking of Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The seven movements, which flow seamlessly from one another, are each based on the corresponding movement from the original Brahms’ Requiem. The music focuses on a small number of elements from the original material and stretches it out into a landscape. Time is suspended and the listener can navigate in the space, moving through traces of Brahms. The music of the harp which frames the choir parts, is an encoding of the original texts from the Requiem. It creates a perspective on the static flow of the choir and electronic parts which changes gradually through the piece. The title of this recomposition is a quote from a line in part III: ‘ Sie gehen daher wie ein Schemen.’ ‘Ein Schemen’ is an old German word for shadow or apparition, probably derived from the Latin word ‘Schema’. The composer finds it an apt word to use in this context because it reflects the nature of this piece. It is both about the connection of the living to the dead, and at the same time, it says something about the relation of this piece to the original work of Brahms. It is composed in its shadow and it is permeated by his notes as ghostly presences.
Upcoming premieres and projects
June 1 – Breakneck: new video score for Ensemble MAZE – Bimhuis, Amsterdam
June 26 – The Musicians of Dourgouti: 6 instruments and media for Ensemble Artefact – Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
September 7 – for Trombone & Barges: piece for trombone and electronics on 3 canal boats for BCMG – Birmingham, England
September 21-24 – Ode to Man: for 4 female voice and electronics – Part of Homo Instrumentalis, musictheatre by Silbersee – Ruhr Triennale, Germany
August 27-September 4 – visiting professorship at the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City, Russia.
Recent CD releases
Yannis Kyriakides has just released a much-lauded double CD and book, SUBVOICE, on UNSOUNDS. SUBVOICE is a collection of nine recent works: Words and Song Without Words, Paramyth, Toponymy, Music for Viola, Circadian Surveillance, Der Komponist, Testudo, Politicus, and Oneiricon. These works represent an investigation into ideas of voice and language. The music is built on traces of voices and texts that seem to speak or sing in an intimate form of dialogue, either as text that is directly encoded into music, or in traces of voice that are embedded and dissolved into the musical fabric.