MdL – Facundo Agudin
Rocamadour, composed by Pablo Ortiz (1956) opens up an aesthetical enigma for the listener: the letter from La Maga (Rayuela, 1963) inspires an orchestral fantasy, abstract and virtuosic, stylistically akin to minimal music but strongly anchored in a disquieting, dark rhythmic obstinacy, close to Uruguayan candombe. La noche boca arriba, by Julio Viera (1943) is technically a melodrama: an orchestral composition that includes a narrative, meticulously rendered in the score. In our production, the text materializes in the voice of Lisandro Abadie, and Marcelo Nisinman is in charge of the subtle bandoneon part. The piece includes almost the totality of the original story. Viera’s colorful palette projects itself on every scene: the motorcycle on the damp Paris pavement, the accident, the repeated losses of consciousness at the hospital, the violent moves in the rainforest. Every instant is subtly and vividly described in an almost film-like language. Tercera Generación, by Marcelo Nisinman (1970) was inspired by a brief and powerful text, published in Último Round (1969). The piece is marked by a powerful rhythmic force. Nisinman writes without prejudice: one can sense Mahler’s stare hiding behind a dense tango-smoke.
Julio Viera was born in Buenos Aires in 1943. Graduated from the Catholic University of Argentina, he was Music Director at Centro Cultural Recoleta, Professor of Composition at La Plata National University and Universidad Catølica Argentina. Viera was awarded the First Municipal Music Prize and the First National Music Prize. He was granted the Guggenheim Scholarship in Composition, the Konex Prize in Composition and is a member of the National Academy of Fine Arts of Argentina. Viera received commissions from the Fromm Foundation Harvard, Groupe de Recherche Musicale de Radio France, Koussevitzky Foundation, Giorgio Cini Foundation and Orchestre Musique des Lumières.
Pablo Ortiz holds degrees from Universidad Católica Argentina and Columbia University. Major commissioners include Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Koussevitzky at Foundation, Gerbode Foundation, Terezin Foundation. A Fellow at the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he received the Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Recent premieres include Suomalainen tango ; Gallos y huesos; Maizal del gregoriano ; Concerto for Bandoneón (Santa Rosa Orchestra) ; Mores Redux (Musique des Lumières) ; Jubilant ‘burbs (Camellia Symphony). Ortiz created sound environments for Promahones at Benaki Museum Athens. Ortiz’s output is influenced by his passions: Early Music, Lied, tango and opera. Ortiz is Professor of Composition at the University of California, Davis.
Marcelo Nisinman. The acclaimed composer and bandoneonista was born in Buenos Aires. He studied bandoneón with Julio Pane, Composition with Guillermo Graetzer in Buenos Aires and Detlev Müller-Siemens at the Musik-Akademie Basel. He has performed with Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Gary Burton, Fernando Suarez Paz, Assad Brothers, WDR Big Band, Belgrad Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Luzerner Sinfoniorchester. Composer in Residence at Oxford Music Festival and special guest at Kuhmo, Boswil, Obertöne, Zeitkunst, Sonoro festivals. Dark Blue Tango and Tercera Generación were premiered by Musique des Lumières. He collaborates with Daniel Rowland, Diana Ketler, Julia Schroeder, Anna Fedorova, Natacha Kudritskaya, Chen Halevi, Maja Bogdanovic, Gareth Lubbe, Philippe Graffin, Helena Winkelman, Zoran Markovic, Baltic Neopolis Orchestra.
Conductor Facundo Agudín was trained in Buenos Aires and in Basel. Based in Switzerland since 1996, Facundo is Music Director at Musique des Lumières and Basler Gesangverein. He sang with Schweizer Kammerchor under Abbado, Gergiev, Rattle. Agudín runs an international career and made his debuts at Mariinsky Theatre in 2014/15, Enescu Festival in 2017, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2019. He collaborates with Ramón Vargas, Sara Mingardo, Giuliano Carmignola, Kent Nagano. An artist of IBS Classical, he recorded for IBS, Oehms, NEOS, Doron, SRF Kultur2. His albums Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Bach Mirror were unanimously acclaimed. Nominated Best Argentine Conductor in 2015 and 2016 by the Argentine Critics Association alongside D. Barenboim, Agudín receives the Konex Foundation Prize “Argentine Conductor of the decade” (2019). He directs the programme Sinfónica Patagonia UNRN and was appointed Chairman of the jury at CIML Concours de Lausanne.
Swiss orchestra Musique des Lumières (MdL) and Agudín devote thouroughly to the transmission of contemporary music. MdL was invited by Fondazione Cini Venezia to inagurate Coates’ Maze in honour of J.L.Borges. In 2015, MdL launched the Dürrenmatt Project with the première of Romulus der Grosse by A. Pflüger. The 3-year programme included premières by Sontòn-Caflisch, Pérez Ramirez, Gesseney. MdL and Agudín have recorded for NEOS Music, Oehms Classics, Doron Music, SRF 2 Kultur. Agudín and MdL are associated artists of IBS Classical. The albums Bach Mirror (2017) and Der Kaiser von Atlantis (2018, in collaboration with Sacher Foundation) were acclaimed by international critics. In the series « Music & Words », each album gathers new works inspired by major authors of our time : Generación Cortázar (2020) ; Sounding Dürrenmatt (2021) ; The Brodsky Album (2022). Upcoming CD productions: Bach-Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (2022) with Sara Mingardo and Bénédicte Tauran, An English Garden (2023) with mezzo-soprano Marina Viotti (2022) and Das Lied von der Erde (2022) featuring special guest Ramón Vargas. MdL is supported by Office de la Culture du Jura and Loterie Romande. Its projects are supported by Pro Helvetia, Binding Stiftung, Göhner Stiftung, Fondation Nestlé, SRKS-Stiftung, Kerr-Dürrenmatt Stiftung.