Alexandre Lunsqui

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Drawings for Iberê

Performed by the Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam

Drawings for Iberê was inspired by a series of paintings called Spools, by Brazilian painter Iberê Camargo (1914-1994). These works depict numerous images of spools, which occupy an important part of the painter’s childhood memories. The paintings range fromfigurativism to abstractionism, exploring a wide range of visual and psychological configurations. In Drawings for Iberê, the kinetic elements present in most of the abstract paintings of the series are especially considered. Various notions of movement – from amorphous outbursts of sounds to repetitive and crystalline rhythms - are at the core of the piece. The work is divided in six sections, exploring the multiple configurations of Iberê’s Spools series. The piece was premiered by the Nieuw Ensemble at the Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam, 2009.



Performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble

Areia was commissioned by the ensemble Piano Possibile for a project entitled Schoenberg Revisited. In this piece, I used rhythmic materials drawn from the Aka Pygmies and Brazilian music mixed with harmonies taken from Schoenberg’s unfinished piece Three Studies for Chamber Orchestra. The challenge of such a project is to be able to bring together these apparently disconnected environments, but that can coexist if we investigate, understand, and extrapolate what is inside both their acoustic parameters (such as rhythms, temporal and harmonic relationships, timbres), as well as their cultural and expressive content. From the very beginning, therefore, this diversity was approached as a celebration of cultures and ideas rather than a creative barrier.


More in:

Comments [21]

Felipe Lara

Lunsqui's music is extraordinarily intricate, sincere, powerful and highly original.

His artistic integrity and commitment to his craft is both inspiring and astounding. Each piece I heard left me curious and excited for the next.

His music is truly Brazilian, not in a nationalistic sense at all, but in that it captures the vivid intensity and complex networks of cultural influences there.

Feb. 17 2011 10:05 AM
Qiang Yang from NYC

very interesting!

Oct. 05 2010 03:20 PM
Enrico Bonatti from Roma, Italy

I heard a piece by Alexandre Lunsqui being performed at Lincoln Center a few months ago, and I was enchanted by its sheer beauty, its lightness and sense of humor and by the depth hidden beneath the light surface. I heard other recorded pieces by Lunsqui, and each time I am moved by his music. I feel he is one of the best composers of the young generation, and he makes me feel optimistic about the future of classical music!

Sep. 21 2010 06:04 PM
Sharon from New York

Excellent works; I especially liked "Drawings for Ibere." I hope to hear more of Lunsqui's music!

Sep. 16 2010 01:06 PM
Diana Fernandez de la Reguera from Barcelona

Alex Lunsqui is fantastic composer and a great talented artist. This piece is original, fresh and inspiring.

Sep. 15 2010 05:27 PM
Bob P from Alexandre Lunsqui

Once the fences of the musical staff come down, the terrain that opens can be terrifying in its trackless simplicity. Lunsqui's music needs no map to take the listener on a tour. It is a musical land worth visiting.

Sep. 12 2010 05:00 PM
Gregory Beyer

Alexandre Lunsqui's musical voice is perfectly emblematic of the concerns of our time. He is a polyglot: someone who has studied deeply the music of his own Brazilian culture as well as that of the most experimental European and American musics. His artistic landscape, infused with multiple influences, is shaped by the simultaneously celebratory and anxiety-ridden issues surrounding a shrinking world and a troubled planet. With incredible energy, imagination and clear vision, Lunsqui creates soundscapes intimately familiar yet shockingly new.

His music is genius...and an absolute pleasure to experience as a listener and as a performer.

Sep. 11 2010 11:16 PM
Giulio from New York

I found your music enlighten and interesting, I like how you wedge differend sounds to give the impression of a unique coral voice. You deserve my vote!!!

Sep. 10 2010 08:14 PM
Alenka from New York

Both pieces are fascinating. Congratulations! It would be wonderful to hear them live!

Sep. 10 2010 08:23 AM
Eleni Nikitopoulos from New York

Kudos to Alex for composing a piece that awakens both the mind and heart.

Sep. 10 2010 06:31 AM
Carl from Manhattan

Alex Lunsqui is a wonderful composer. His music combines a sophisticated harmonic language with fresh sounds and driving rhythm, resulting in a truly original voice. He'd be a great choice for one of the commissions!

Aug. 07 2010 05:50 AM
Missy Pinckert

Alex's music is captivating and original. I can see a future Academy Award for best sound track!

Jul. 14 2010 01:51 PM
Alex from New York from New York

Alex Lunsqui's music is some of the most creative and original amongst young composers today. Grooves, timbre, and harmony: Lunsqui has it all!

Jul. 03 2010 10:38 AM
Mia Leo from Valley Cottage, NY

Textures are terrific; this music is alive from the inside out. Really good!

Jul. 02 2010 04:06 PM
Hannes Brueckner

Very interesting sounds, fascinating rhythms and colors. I enjoyed it very much! More power to Alex!

Jun. 29 2010 07:33 PM
Keane from Boulder, CO

The variety and use of timbres in these pieces is really incredible, and I never get the impression that Alexandre is simply using lots of different colors just because he can, but they are employed in a way so that it is a integral part of the piece and the material is dependent upon them.

Jun. 26 2010 04:42 PM
Alice Teyssier from Freiburg, Germany

Alexandre Lunsqui's music is totally original and both wonderful to play and to listen to. A very strong vote for Lunsqui!

Jun. 22 2010 09:20 AM
edward from LA

great, wacked-out, and totally enticing. really enjoyed "Drawings from Ibere" especially. it would be very cool to have a traditional group like Orpheus play a 'less traditional' piece like this.

Jun. 22 2010 12:04 AM
Dan Lippel from NYC

this is great stuff, really strong, original music.

Jun. 21 2010 04:39 PM
Dr. Scott Giles from Sacramento, CA

"Drawings for Iberê" has fine orchestration and a sense of rhythm that is neither unsophisticated or used, as happens so often with weak composers, as a sort of artificial respiration.

This was a very good work and I'm glad I got to hear it.

Jun. 21 2010 01:21 AM

Alex Lunsqui is an extraordinary composer. I am familiar with a lot of him music and I love his creativity and his pure dedication to creating art. He has so much substance as a musician and as an artist of our time.

Jun. 19 2010 10:44 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Follow WQXR