Energy and creativity: Stresa Festival Young and the July concerts!

Stresa Festival Young: energy, creativity, collaboration and curiosity: all hallmarks of the Festival Young Association, that has become a lively feature.  In its first two years the Association started taking an active part in some concerts, but this year it is the pivot of some of this new edition’s events.  The events on July 26, 28 and 29 have been created and organised completely by the Young.  Don’t be surprised, then, if you see new faces in the ticket office, promoting events, or around town with the artistes!
If you don’t know anything about the Associazione Young read their story here !

Friends before musicians, is what they say as an introduction. This outstanding quintet is gathering fame in Italy and elsewhere with their extensive repertoire ranging from early and classical music to contemporary pieces, passing through jazz, sound tracks from famous films, and original compositions for a brass quintet.

This is th Billi Brass Quintet assembled in 2012 when five young professional musicians joined up.  Their programs take us through the history of music, from the 1600s up to our times.  Following in the footsteps of famous composers, they show off their technical and expressive talent in a broad program, ranging through many styles, from Monteverdi to Duke Ellington, with glimpses of the best-known Italian and international sound tracks (Morricone, Piovani).
Then comes lighter music (Modugno, Battisti), jazz and rock, Balkan folklore, and as far as South American dance music.
Stresa Festival Young and the Billi Brass Quintet look forward to seeing you on the Isola dei Pescatori for a unique enjoyable evening.
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Take a leap back to the Renaissance?  The Stresa Festival Young association suggests a voyage through time, under the heading Josquin Des Jeunes.

Research, purity, all interweaving with passion, are what strikes you about the polyphonic pieces sung by the Coro Desmos, accompanied by the instruments of the talented  Ensemble Simonetta from the Civica Scuola di Musica “Claudio Abbado” in Milan.
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Ellipses dans l’harmonie – Lumi al buio is the last record made by Teho Teardo. It is the answer to an invitation from Massimiliano Tarantino, Director of the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in Milan, to visit the Foundation’s archives.   This authentic wunderkammer holds the first editions of some of the major masterpieces of world literature. Teardo explains that he had been asked whether he’d be interested in writing music inspired by one text or another in the archive […].  He tells us how he meandered through the nearly ten kilometers of shelving, until – quite by chance – he found himself looking at a first edition of Diderot and d’Alembert’s

L’Encyclopédie, the pivotal text of illuminism. The Encyclopédie contains various scores, not representing exercises or compositions, but examples intended to teach how to write counterpoint, or a cadenza, or how to work with harmony.   In other words, it is a sort of three-century sampler that so far no-one has ever used.

“I was not interested in a purely filological exercise, so I recorded all the scores in the Encyclopédie, collected them in a sound archive, and use them later in to write music following those rules.”

Ellipses dans l’harmonie is not meant just to pay homage to the Encyclopédie, buti is intended to form a ‘political’ link with the spirit of illuminism, which guided the birth of opera, and has returned to focus the spotlight on new obscurantism.

The record has now been made, with the help of the CSS Teatro Stabile di Innovazione of Friuli-Venezia Giulia during two weeks’ residence in the splendid rooms of Villa Manin, a jewel of an 18th century villa in the countryside between Udine and Pordenone. The record contains ten traces named after the original scores.  In the middle of the 1700s, Teardo continues, when the Encyclopédie was published, it had to battle with the church and its censure, but its impact on society was enough to contribute to the French Revolution. His link with this text is not just artistic, he insists, as there was also a political aspect: three centuries later the Encyclopedia is still here!  “I wonder whether we ourselves will still be in 300 years’ time, because our era seems to be marked by new obscurantism and we sorely need fresh light.   I would like to be able to recuperate part of the illuminist spirit so as to tackle contemporary tendencies.   It would be a political deed, and revolutionary!”
Don’t miss this unique concert!

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