61. International Festival of Contemporary Music of the Venice Biennale

A long list of not-to-be-missed events for this edition of the festival dedicated to the Far East!

From 29 September 2017 to 08 October 2017

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The 2017 Venice Biennale Music festival will be staged from 29th September to 8th October! Venice is gearing up to welcome the best of contemporary music for the 61st edition of one of the highest acclaimed international festivals!

With the aim to showcase and add value to the many genres and trends of today’s music, the 61st Venice Contemporary Music Festival draws inspiration and at the same time looks out to the vast repertoire of themes that in recent editions have contributed to widening the concept of 'contemporaneity'. Innovation, quests, experimentation, and support - the staple of the Biennale Music of Venice, will be placed next to the now customarily featured encounters between renowned artists and emerging young performers who are making their first appearance in the music scene. Under this light, the Biennale College of Music plays an important role: as an 'innovation factory' it will allow emerging talents to follow a year-long course under the guidance of an international tutor. For the 2017 Biennale College of Music three teams have been selected and invited to present their work - Orpheus moments, La stessa barca and Apnea – during the last weekend of the Festival.

The leitmotif of the many concerts scheduled at the Venice music festival 2017 is the Orient and, in particular, the practices of a lively and creative tradition that continues to inspire many authors from China, Korea and Japan - artists who also perform in the Western world and are therefore ideally poised to kick-start interesting combinations.

One glaring example is given by Tan Dun, a multi-faceted and charismatic figure of today’s music, who has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The concert of the Rai Symphony Orchestra, scheduled for the prize-giving ceremony, will premiere three of the maestro’s works: Concerto for Orchestra (from Marco Polo), The Tears of Nature and Secrets of Wind and Birds, which will be directed by Tan Dun himself.

The Silver Lion for emerging talents will be given to the young Japanese composer Dai Fujikura who will perform at the 2017 Biennale Contemporary Music Festival the world premiere of Horn Concerto No. 2 during a charming evening that will also see the performance of the Padova and Veneto Orchestra directed by Yoichi Sugiyama and a programme with two Italian premieres, Malika Kishino's Concert for Koto and Guo Wenjing's Shèxì Violin Concerto.

The task of opening the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music in Venice is entrusted to the Padua and Veneto orchestra with Stockhausen’s Inori, a rarely-staged performance where a mime presents a ritual inspired by Japanese spirituality, following a precise ritual of gestures.

Speaking of premieres, both at an international and domestic level, the French ensemble Hanatsu Miroir will perform at the Music Festival of Venice,  Italy in two concerts: the Italian premiere of Vallèe des merveilles by Maurilio Cacciatore and a world premiere by Japan-hailed Kenji Sakai. This interesting ensemble is inspired by one of the cornerstones of Zen philosophy ('release the grip, ignore preconceptions') combining music and images in line with free and creative principles.

Monographic concerts dedicated to the Korean composer Unsuk Chin and Toshio Osokawa, and percussionist Thierry Miroglio's recital complete the long list of Italian and world premieres of the Contemporary Music Festival of Venice.

An entire day will be devoted to the cello: Michele Marco Rossi, Sévérine Ballon and Arne de Force will propose different interpretations, introducing the viewer into a world where the familiar sound of an instrument known to everyone follows new paths in highly original creative approaches.

After the success of the last editions, the Festival of Contemporary Music, 2017, Venice encompasses, as in the past, genres such as jazz, live-sets and ethnic-traditional music. The 23 Open section will be expanded to further enhance innovative aspects, expressions and new sounds, found in music leaning more towards the mass-market.

With this in mind, the Venice Music Biennale will also include JoyCut, an Italian electronics rock band that has already played around the world, and the duo Musica Nuda (vocalist Petra Magoni and bassist Ferruccio Spinetti), debuting at the Music festival in Venice with Case, Amori, Universi.

As for the 2017 live-set, the cult duo Demdike Stare (Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker) will play a prominent role: an unmissable event that will mix dystopian techno, dark-ambient, jungle and contemporary music mixes!

Finally a welcome jazz return with legendary Enrico Rava’s New 4et, who will present at Venice contemporary music festival in 2017 a concert inspired by a project which he carried out in Japan last fall.

Listings and Concerts of the Venice Biennale Music Festival 2017

Friday, 29th September 2017

  • TEATRO ALLE TESE 20.00 - PADOVA AND VENETO ORCHESTRA
    Inori: one of Stockhausen's most famous scores, between mysticism and performance.
  • TEATRO ALLE TESE 23.00 - 23 OPEN - DEMDIKE STARE
    The first live-set of the 23 OPEN section at the Venice Music Festival 2017.

Saturday 30th September 2017

  • TEATRO ALLE TESE 20.00 – GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: TAN DUN
    Awards ceremony and three compositions by Tan Dun with the Rai National Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday 1st October 2017

  • TEATRO PERLE TESE 20.00 - PARCO DELLA MUSICA CONTEMPORANEA ENSEMBLE
    Roots and developments of the relationship between East and West in the encounter between Unsuk Chin and Isang Yun.

Monday 2nd October 2017

  • TEATRO ALL TESE 20.00 - THIERRY MIROGLIO RECITAL PERCUSSIONS
    One of the leading figures of today's music brings to the Music Biennale Venice 2017 his creative and innovative experimentation.

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

  • CA 'GIUSTINIAN 12.00 - FOCUS ON THE CELLO - MICHELE MARCO ROSSI
    The first of the three events that the Music Biennale in Venice dedicates to the contemporary repertoire for cello.
  • CA 'GIUSTINIAN 16.30 - FOCUS ON THE CELLO - SÉVERINE BALLON
    The different declinations of the cello in the work of five composers.
  • SALE D’ARMI 20.00 - FOCUS ON THE CELLO - ARNE DEFORCE
    The last event presents cello interpretations in its experimentations with electronics.

Wednesday, 4th October 2017

  • TEATRO ALLE TESE 20.00 - HANATSU MIROIR / MAURILIO CACCIATORE
    The Venice Music Biennale brings on to the stage two interesting visual performers capable of combining instrumental and electronic music, videos, dance and live music.
  • CA 'GIUSTINIAN 23.00 - 23 OPEN – MUSICA NUDA
    Bassist Ferruccio Spinetti and vocalist Petra Magoni together in the Musica Nuda project.

Thursday 5th October 2017

  • SALE D’ARMI 20.00 - HANATSU MIROIR
    Second event with the visual performers of the French ensemble.
  • TEATRO ALLE TESE 23.00 - 23 OPEN - JOYCUT
    The acclaimed 'ecowave' band brings to the 61st edition of the Music Biennale of Venezia their syncretic rock.

Friday, 6th October 2017

  • TEATRO PICCOLO ARSENALE 20.00 - BIENNALE COLLEGE MUSICA / THREE ACTS
    Biennial College - Music 2017 presents three selected short works of chamber music theatre.

Saturday, 7th October, 2017

  • TEATRO PICCOLO ARSENALE 16.30 - TAKEFU ENSEMBLE - PORTRAIT OF TOSHIO HOSOKAWA
    A portrait dedicated to the great master spanning over a 20-year long creative period.
  • TEATRO ALLE TESE 20.00 - SILVER LION: DAI FUJIKURA
    Awarding ceremony; the Padua and Veneto Orchestra will perform pieces by Dai Fujikura and other Oriental authors.

Sunday 8th October 2017

  • TEATRO ALLE TESE 20.00 - ALEXANDER CHERNYSHKOV AND TEMPO REALE
    Two unconventional multi-instrumentalists bring to the Music Festival in Venice, Italy a score combining everyday instruments and devices.
  • CA 'GIUSTINIAN 23.00 - 23 OPEN - ENRICO RAVA’S NEW 4TET
    The closing of the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Venice is entrusted to Enrico Rava's jazz.

61st Venice Biennale Music Festival. Great music, beautiful locations and internationally renowned artists ... Do not miss the Venice Music Festival of 2017!

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By Insidecom Editorial Staff