Corwin Chair Event: Duo reflexion K (concert)

Event Date: 

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
The Corwin Chair presents Duo reflexion K (cellist Gerald Eckert and flutist Beatrix Wagner) in concert on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. The program will feature works by Jose Maria Sanchez-Verdu, Giacinto Scelsi, Bernfried Pröve, Gerald Eckert, Natalia Solomonoff, and Nicolas A. Huber. Admission is free.
Jose Maria Sanchez-Verdu's "Deploratio II" (2002) for flute and violoncello
Giacinto Scelsi's "Voyages" (1974) for violoncello solo
Bernfried Pröve's "Tellur II" (2007) for bass flute and tape
Gerald Eckert's "Nen VII" (2007) for flute, violoncello and tape
Natalia Solomonoff's "karg" (2016) for flute and violoncello
Nicolas A. Huber's "First Play Mozart" (1993) for flute
Gerald Eckert's "fuori" (2016) for bass flute and violoncello
About Gerald Eckert
Gerald Eckert was born in 1960 in Nuremberg. He studied Mathematics at the University of Erlangen, violoncello and conducting at the conservatory of Nuremberg, composition with Nicolaus A. Huber, and electroacoustic composition with Dirk Reith at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen. He also attended composition courses with Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey.
In 1996/97, he worked as a visiting scholar at the CCRMA at Stanford University. In 1998 he was guest professor at Darmstadt and at Akiyoshidai, Japan, and in 2000/01 he was lecturer at the TU Darmstadt. In 2006 he was composer in residence at the festival for contemporary music at Zurich, Switzerland. Gerald Eckert has realized different intermedia works, i.a. for dance, video installation, or projects with interactive light control. He received various prizes and awards, i.a. the Gulbenkian-Prize/ Portugal '93, the Kranichstein-Prize '96, a 1st prize of Bourges 2003, the 1st prize of Stuttgart 2005, and he also received scholarships for Venice 2006, Villa Aurora/Los Angeles USA 2010 and for Villa Serpentara/Rome (Olevano Romano) 2010. From 2012 to 2014 he was professor for composition at the Chung-Ang University Seoul/Anseong Korea.
Eckert has performed at festivals such as Ars Musica Brussels, Eclat Festival Stuttgart, Transit Festival Leuven, Ultraschall Berlin, Musica Strasbourg, international courses Darmstadt, Futura Festival Crest/France, Inventionen Berlin, Núcleo Música Nueva de Montevideo, Dresdner Tage für zeitgenössische Musik, Gaudeamus International Music week, Discoveries Aberdeen, days for contemporaray music Zurich, Festival Música Nova Sao Paulo, "Melos-Ethos" Festival Bratislava, Sonorities Belfast/Nordirland, "Bernaola" Festival/Spain, "Slowind" Festival/Slowenia, Musica Scienza Rom, SICMF Festival/Seoul, NYCEMF festival/New York, voix nouvelles Royaumont/ France, etc.
Eckert works with orchestras, ensembles, and musicians including the NDR-Philharmonie, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Aventure, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble SurPlus, Formalist Quartet/Los Angeles, Divertimento Ensemble (Italy), Musikfabrik NRW, ensemble reflexion K, Irvine Arditti, Garth Knox, Teodoro Anzellotti, etc. In 2013 a monograph with the title, "An den Rändern des Maßes - der Komponist Gerald Eckert," was released by the publisher Wolke. Since 1989, he has also worked on his own paintings and has organized a series of exhibitions and installations since 1994. Relevant catalogues were published in 1995, 2006, and 2014. CD’s have been released at different major labels, e.g: col legno 2000 and 2004, Edtion Zeitklang 2006, NEOS, 2008, and mode records 2016.
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About Beatrix Wagner
Beatrix Wagner studied flute with Professor Dr. Richard Müller-Dombois at the Hochschule for music Detmold from 1989 to 1996. She was later awarded scholarships by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Office Franco-Allemand which enabled her to spend the year 2000/01 in Paris and pursue her studies with Philippe Racine. This proved highly influential, as did her participation in master classes with Robert Aitken, Robert Dick, Carin Levine, and Istvan Matuz. As solo flautist with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra during her student days, Beatrix Wagner played under such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Dimitri Kitajenko, Gunther Schuller, and Krzysztof Penderecki, participating for example in the European premiere of Penderecki's 5th Symphony. She won many international prizes, for instance the Kuhlau Competition for Flautists in Uelzen and the Wind Competition in Kerkrade (Netherlands) in 1996. In 2001 she founded "ensemble reflexion K", Germany's northernmost contemporary music ensemble, which has performed its own concert series in the Baltic resort of Eckernförde since 2002. In 2006 and 2007 Beatrix Wagner took part in establishing the two Schleswig-Holstein festivals of new music "chiffren - kieler tage für neue musik" and "ProvinzLärm Eckernförde." From 2008 to 2010 she has taught and trained the young musicians in the newly formed LandesJugendEnsemble für Neue Musik Schleswig-Holstein.
Wagner is in demand as a soloist and a chamber musician in Germany and abroad. Concert tours have taken her around Europe, Asia, and North and South America. She has made radio and CD recordings for BR, SWR, WDR, MDR, NDR, RB, Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio, and for the ambitus, col legno, Coviello, NEOS, edition zeitklang, and mode records/New York labels. Both of her solo CDs "positions" (2003) and "Spiegelungen“ (2011) won critical praise for their bold exploration of extremes, both musical and programmatic. She collaborates closely with composers whose compositions she is performing and enjoys weaving her way between and crossing into other art forms. In 2014 and 2015 she made recordings for three CDs with the music of the German composers Nicolaus A. Huber, Peter Gahn, and Gerald Eckert with ensemble reflexion K and in collaboration with Deutschlandfunk. The last-mentioned - Gerald Eckert "on the edges“ - recently was nominated for the "Bestenliste des Preises der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik."
Duo reflexion K (cellist Gerald Eckert and flutist Beatrix Wagner).