Listen: Music for Magnets and Lamps at the 2015 MATA Festival
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The second evening of performances at the 2015 MATA Festival included eclectic new pieces by composers from Serbia, Norway, and Croatia as well as the US. The night opened with Orgy of References, a 2012 piece by Croatian composer Mirela Ivičević.
Next, artists Adam Basanta, Julian Stein and Max Stein performed their piece Music for 12 Lamps, an installation and performance work for 12 sound- and light-emitting lamps. Each lamp is outfitted with a surface transducer speaker which turns it into an emitter of both light and sound.
The second half of the evening commenced with Summon, a piece by composer Bjørn Erik Haugen. Haugen is a Norweigen composer who works mainly with sound, sculpture and video installation. A self-described “political” artist, his work often focuses on the effect of technology on modern life. Haugen's work was followed by sUn by the Serbian composer Jasna Veličković, which utilizes magnets as instruments. Chicago composer Megan Grace Beugger's piece Liaison, which connects a dancer to a prepared piano via a pulley system, rounded out the evening.
Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa in 1996, MATA is a not-for-profit organization that commissions, presents and supports the music of young composers. MATA presents a week-long festival of music by composers under age 40 each spring in New York City.
Mirela Ivičević - Orgy of References
Adam Basanta/Julian Stein/Max Stein - Music for Lamps
Bjørn Erik Haugen - Summon
Jasna Veličković - sUn
Megan Graace Beugger - Liaison
This concert was recorded, engineered and mixed by Noriko Okabe.