Splendor International Connections – Duo Ovocutters
The inspiring combination of accordion and harpsichord
Thu, 7 April 2016 | 20:00 hour
Thu, 7 April 2016 | 20:00 hour
Door tickets: € 15.00
Presale: € 15.00
Students (upon presentation of college ID): € 5.00
CJP: € 12.50
Splendor members: € 12.50
Duo Ovocutters: Sonja Leipold, harpsichord, Christoph Hofer, accordion.
Duo for keyboard music of the past – and above all – now. In order to explore the development and varieties of current music the award winning “duo ovocutters” is working with young composers from all over Europe. Thus, in a process of mutual inspiration, new music comes into existence – experimental, idiosyncratic, humorous, pensive, mysterious, silent, new and curious, inaudible, unusual and extraordinary. The award winning ensemble Ovocutters (Sonja Leipold, harpsichord, Christoph Hofer, accordion – Austria) is the Austrians official cultural ambassadors for 2016/17
Ovocutters dedicate themselves to the unusual and inspiring combination of accordion and harpsichord with exciting, expressive music. The award winning duo draws from the vast wealth of charming, but rarely heard works for two keyboard instruments of yesteryear as well as works of today and tomorrow.
The often underestimated harpsichord, re-established in the old music is slowly but steadily gaining its place in the contemporary music world. While the accordion can be found everywhere from classical to contemporary music to jazz, it is more tolerated than celebrated. Ovocutters join these two instruments that could not be more different in their sound producing and aesthetics, but contrast and supplement each other absolutely wonderfully. The fusion of such contrasting sound qualities gives space to composer as well as artist to experiment and opens unfamiliar and fascinating soundscapes to the listener.
In order to explore the development and varieties of current music “duo ovocutters” is regularly commissioning and premiering works and working with young composers from all over Europe. Thus, in a process of mutual inspiration, new music comes into existence – experimental, idiosyncratic, humorous, pensive, mysterious, silent, new and curious, inaudible, unusual and extraordinary.
2007 Award&Scholarship for Music of Carinthian Cultural Department (Christoph Hofer)
2009 Austrian ministry of culture – award & scholarship for „Cembaloperspektiven“
2011 international harpsichord competition Bologna/Italy: „Procembalo“ – award for contemporary harpsichord music
2012 „Annelie de Man“ – honorary award for contemporary harpsichord music in den Bosch/the Netherlands (November Music Days)
2013 Award&Scholarship for Music of Carinthian Cultural Department (Sonja Leipold)
2015 duo ovocutters selected for „New Austrian Sound of Music“ 2016/17 (NASOM): every two years, the most interesting, promising, innovative young musicians and ensembles of five different categories (classical music, world music, jazz, pop and contemporary music) are selected to be Austrians official cultural ambassadors for the following two years. They represent Austrians cultural life (away from well-known traditions) and are supported to play concerts and give workshops all over the world. NASOM thus encourages cultural exchange and the contact to artists from all continents.
Šimon Voseček (*1978, Prague / Czech Republic) „Schlamm“ [mud] (2015)
Sylvie Lacroix (*1959, Lyon / France) „Les Poétesses“ (2013)
suite lyrique pour clavecin et accordéon – on the poem “Reklame” by Ingeborg Bachmann
Dana Probst (*1961, Bukarest / Romania) „Allegria“ (2016)
Manuela Kerer (*1980) „amöb” (2015)
Wolfgang Liebhart (*1958, Klagenfurt / Austria) „N.N.“ (2016)
Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1936, Paris / France) “Concert Champêtre” for harpsichord and piano (1927/28; arr. for accordion)
Matthias Kranebitter (*1980, Vienna / Austria) „nihilistic study 13 to 14“ (2015)
Bruno Strobl (*1949, Austria) „Er-Innern“ for harpsichord solo & devices (2012)
Fernando Riederer (*1976, Rio de Janeiro / Brazil) „Sho II“ (2013)
organisation & production: Tiziana Pintus – Stichting Camenae