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HYPERION ENSEMBLE
 
 

             HYPERION  was founded in 1976 by the composer Iancu Dumitrescu. As a starting point, Hyperion explored possible connections between the most archaic Romanian music - Byzantine music, folk music collected by Bartok, etc. - and today's avant-garde music. It is a tradition of performance, of interpreting each new score as a provocation of the spirit, and a quest for new domains of sound. Aesthetically, at the heart of this work is the notion of spectrality as it developed in the work of Dumitrescu, Avram and other Romanian composers - that is: a specifically transformational spectrality, as opposed to the structural spectrality of the French Itinéraire group.


Renewed today, Hyperion International counts among his members great soloists allover the world such as Claude Delangle, Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cutler, Gustavo Agullar, Felipe Canales, etc…
 
Hyperion has performed all over Europe –and recently in United States, and recorded numerous LPs and 24 compact discs.(  from Mode Records- New York)

"The extraordinary and uncategoriseable Dumitrescu / Avram team. (…)"
  Chris CUTLER ReRMegacorp – London



* "Iancu DUMITRESCU and Ana-Maria AVRAM. They have become leading figures in contemporary classical music, developing a musical language that sweeps boldly from very small scale insect-like sounds to vast noise laden soundscapes. In recent times they have attracted a lot of attention from musicians outside of the classical field, as the music is relevant to the post-ambient, post noise, post classical aesthetic which is the sound of the moment. FORCED  EXPOSURE – Boston


".. Dumitrescu's acousmatic compositions are restless, detailed forays into the aesthetic of noise, dramatically penetrating the very fabric of instruments and articulating entirely new sounds - by turns violent, reflective, impassioned and eerily disarming."  London. Royal Festival Hall, New Aura Series, LMC-BBC 3
 
* ". Dumitrescu's music has a visceral, untidy force rare in classical music - the textures of Xenakis pared of the later's Beethovenian ambition, made more focused and linear. Works also features three compositions by Ana-Maria Avram, born in Bucharest in 1961. Wonderful to hear music where textural innovations aren't employed to color pre-existing  structures, but evolve form in process.(...) Seems like these Romanians are engaged in a similar kind of sonic research to that which resulted on the masterpieces of Giacinto  Scelsi and Ennio Morricone: collective  endeavor, genuine "deep listening". The results are similarly overpowering, a million miles from the tooting inconsequence or most of what passes for New Music in the classical world.
" Ben  WATSON - "The WIRE", London


*  "Although two of the most compelling and exciting living composers” –
Josh Ronsen-Austin,Texas, USA
 


* "A thundering, urban edifice illuminated only by flying sparks and reverberating with the hollow boom of deflected metal. But even the most staggering constructions are put together brick by brick, or note by note, and Dumitrescu pays great attention to detail, releasing vast amounts of energy like a nuclear explosion from the tiniest components."
ALVINNE PRITCHARD, BBC Radio 3, London


* "The music of Iancu Dumitrescu explores the ultimate sense of sound guiding the listener through new spheres of sonic adventure, a kind of cryptical music..."    
 Robert ZANK - Edition RZ  -  Berlin
 
* "Iancu Dumitrescu, Romanian composer (Sibiu, 1944), the most famous and audacious of the young school in his country, one of the undeniable heads of the current "avant-garde". He represents the "avant-garde" without compromise, the power of invention, the experimental audacity, a taste for intellectual speculation, an irresistible creative impetus, rare at this level. He is the dominant personality of today's music in his country..."    
Alfred  HOFFMAN - Bucharest


 * "For a music that uncompromisingly addresses the future, opening us to an entirely new and unheard universe of sound, Iancu Dumitrescu's art is nonetheless grounded in tradition, and nourished on the fertile resources of the Romanian land. He exemplarily embodies a school, unique in the world, which has found in its own ancestral roots the means to go forwards in the spirit of the utmost adventure.."
Harry HALBREICH, (Editions Salabert) -  Paris

 
 * "...The music of Romania's leading composer Iancu Dumitrescu is spectral, electroacoustic, but above all it is a coherent totality grounded in a different conception. Of all living composers, Dumitrescu is the one who has most exploded sound. Dumitrescu's work is a negation, from the depths, of everything in contemporary music symptomatic of distraction, of banalisation, and of a radical loss of purpose. His music is not a new convolution in the knot of modern music, but an unraveling of the curse. (...)"                         
 Tim HODGKINSON -  RESONANCE – London

TALEA ENSEMBLE

The Talea Ensemble has brought innovative programs featuring numerous world and U.S. premieres to New York City by composers such as Stefano Gervasoni, Marco Stroppa, Anthony Cheung, Pierluigi Billone, Jean-Luc Hervé, and Alexandre Lunsqui.   By commissioning and programming these progressive works alongside the established literature of modern and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble creates a dialogue that challenges the boundaries of music and fosters a greater understanding of the works of today.


The Talea Ensemble has been invited as guest ensemble to the Nevada Encounters of New Music (NEON), La Ciudad de las Ideas (Mexico) and the International Contemporary Music Festival of Lima, Peru. The Talea Ensemble has served as ensemble in residence at Columbia University as well as at New York University.


Upcoming projects include a residency at Harvard University, a Stockhausen Tribute, Pierre Boulez's 85th Birthday Celebration with Boulez in attendance, and a European tour in collaboration with the Hyperion Ensemble.


Please visit www.taleaensemble.org for more information

 

The Bergersen Quartet is a dynamic string ensemble formed in 2007 by  Jonathan Truscott (violin) Craig Stratton (violin) Elisa Bergersen (viola) Rachel Firmager (cello)

Principally established to pioneer and perform new music, the quartet has already been approached by Terry Davies, Simon Redfern, Gregers Brinch , Peter Copley and Anna Maria Avram. They are currently working towards a recording of music by Davies and Redfern. The last year has seen them involved in projects with various bands from the pop and dance scene including Kiina and the Jellyheads and the world premiere of a work for String Quartet and four Trombones by Peter Copley. Collectively the members of the quartet have an extensive range of professional experience including performances with the Elgar Chamber Orchestra, London Festival Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Romanian Chamber Orchestra and in productions of Phantom of the opera, Les Miserables and Sunday in the Park with George. Worked with such luminaries as Witold Lutoslawski, Diego Masson, Paul Daniel CBE, Mariza and Stephen Warbeck. Recorded at Abbey Road, Air and Strongroom Studios and have recorded with artists such as Julian Cope, Tindersticks and Rachel Stamp. Performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Hall and the Barbican and have appeared on Classic FM and Lyric FM,Dublin.

All have given solo recitals in their own right including Prague, Ireland, Romania, France and Miami, Florida.

Appeared on numerous TV and film productions including Star Wars, Bridget Jones, Foyles War, Midsommer Murders, Holby City, Eastenders,Miss Marple and Later with Jools show. With a diverse and extensive library of music, the Quartet is available to play for functions and recitals. New works and commissions are an important part of their repertoire but the ‘standard repertoire’ is available on request. The quartet have just recorded String Quartet no.2 by Gregers Brinch, which will be out soon on Claudio Records and get world wide distribution. They are also keen to promote traditional Jewish and Hungarian music.