MATA Festival redefines ‘avant garde’
April 7, 2015 - table lamp
The approach that Du Yun describes this year’s MATA festival, it roughly sounds like a low-pitched mecca, with melting pot tendencies in a capillary of a locale, New York.
“Art song is an elaborating matter, and so are a lot of cities,” she says. “That’s what MATA is, featuring all these composers from around a world.”
This year, Du Yun is a artistic executive behind a programming for a festival, that runs Apr 13 by 18 during The Kitchen. Created in 1996 by Philip Glass, Eleanor Sandrewsky and Lisa Bielawa, MATA celebrates song created by composers underneath a age of 40.
In a hands of Du Yun – who is also a composer and performer famous for her eclectic, decently crafted and emotive works – that encompasses song shabby by European exemplary and Iranian tradition, American lyricism, punk, glitch and lo-fi.
“I like a lot of opposite things equally, with no boundaries, and in a really critical way,” she says.
To curate a MATA programs, she chose composers whose particular voices spoke to her, out of 104 semifinalists comparison by a festival’s jury from roughly 1,000 submissions. Once she had artists in mind, she scoured their whole catalogues to find a best pieces that could fit into a lineup.
“There are sound installations and crazy flare pieces and afterwards fibre quartets,” she says.
Seventeen countries will be represented, with commissions from Ireland’s Ann Cleare, a United Kingdom’s Adam de la Cour and Chinese-American Wang Lu.
The Apr 14 unison patrician “Curiouser and Curiouser” offers a U.S. entrance of Sweden’s Curious Chamber Players in a module that ranges from a work featuring instruments finished from healthy materials by Bolivian composer Carlos Guttiérez Quiroga to Wang Lu’s sense of daily life in Xi’an, China.
The following day, in “Mad Filaments and Industrial Shoots” a festival focuses on collaborative, interdisciplinary performances in that opposite forms of art brew with sound.
A work by American composer Grace Beugger connects a dancer to a prepared piano, and in “Music for Lamps” Adam Basanta, Julian Stein and Max Stein outfit list lamps with transducers so that they evacuate not only light, though also music. Croation composer Mirela Ivicevic’s “Orgy of References” centers on a lady who has an orgasm while reading off a achievements on her résumé.
None of these could interpret to a small audio recording.
“It’s about how you’re regulating a space,” says Du Yun. “That’s what creates live music.”
Later programs pull on a approach we describe to games and to machines. In addition, listeners can travel by a sound installation, Doron Sadja’s “The Desert of a Real,” during Chasama 266, a Fashion District gallery.
Also among a some-more attention-grabbing offerings over a week of concerts are David Alan Broome’s “Ominousty,” that draws on a glitches of Billy Joel’s “Honesty;” a work by Cleare in that a sculpture becomes a vessel for sound; and de la Cour’s “Corporate Talent Factor’s Next Top Idol!” that adds a talent foe to a mix.
It is a tradition for a MATA artistic executive – a rotating position hold by composers – to write a piece, too. Du Yun has finished that, and she’ll sing.
The title, “The Man Who Swallowed a Snake” comes from a Rumi poem that tells of a pang male who finds an astonishing guide. The work will compound together a double drum solo, a video of a gloomy stage and a outspoken lament.
Ultimately, in her possess work and as a curator, Du Yun hopes to pierce a dial brazen on what it means to be cutting-edge.
“MATA is famous for championing a outcasts, a emergent composers,” she says. “When we are famous as this cutting-edge composer all a time … it’s no longer cutting-edge. The fashionable artists need to be challenged as well, and MATA is a matter to boost that kind of evolution.”
MATA Festival Opening Night Gala
Where: Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 W. 21st St., New York
When: Apr 13 during 7 p.m.
How much: $50, (800) 838-3006 or matafestival.org
Storefront Sound Installation: The Desert of a Real
Where: Chashama 266, 266 W. 37th St., New York
When: Apr 14 by 18.
How much: Free