Sparks by Hans Tutschku performed by Mark Knoop

Programme note

Sparks is the next step in my 30 years of investigating the relationship between piano and live-electronics – immersive – fast – trying out the limits.

The score oscillates between exact indications in traditional notation and moments of interpretative freedom. The live electronics generate musical textures and responses to the piano part in real-time without relying on pre-produced phrases. The sounds and spatial configurations are driven by the way the pianist is interpreting the score. And in the more elastic time moments, the pianist is invited to make decisions based on what the electronics are producing at that moment. I’m hoping for a two-way interaction between both. 

About Hans Tutschku

Hans Tutschku is a composer of instrumental and electroacoustic music. In 1982 he joined the “Ensemble for intuitive music Weimar” and later studied theatre and composition in Berlin, Dresden, The Hague, Paris, and Birmingham. He collaborated in film, theatre and dance productions, and participated in concert cycles with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Since 2004 he directs the electroacoustic studios at Harvard University.

Improvisation with electronics has been a core activity over the past 35 years. He is the winner of several international competitions, among others: Hanns Eisler Preis, Bourges, CIMESP Sao Paulo, Prix Ars Electronica, Prix Noroit, Prix Musica Nova, ZKM Giga-Hertz, CIME ICEM and Klang!. In 2005 he received the culture prize of the city of Weimar.

Besides his regular courses at the university, he has taught international workshops for musicians and non-musicians on aspects of art appreciation, listening, creativity, composition, improvisation, live-electronics, and sound spatialization in more than 20 countries.

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