Elzbieta Sikora takes part in Akousma, an electronic music festival conference in Beijing, China.
When and what
Monday October 26, 2015 @ 8pm
Performance: Rouge d'été
Thursday October 29, 2015 @ 10:40am
Talk: "Hidden freedom of time in pre-recorded electronic music"
Friday October 30, 2015 @ 8pm
Performance: Reflets irisés
Mahoko Nakano Japan, Piano
Elzbieta Sikora sound projection
Central Conservatory of Music (CCoM)
43 Baojia Street
In 1970, L`incertitude d`étè (The Uncertainty of Summer), where the bell tolls around the jumbled notes of a Chopin Mazurka, the music reflects, in its analogous way, the very Polish summer of that troubled period. Thirty years later, in this new composition, it is the sequence of hot summers, so hot that the air trembles in its own reflection, that comes to the fore thanks to digital processing. Here the rhythm becomes the driving force, the constructive element of the music that plays on the color red, the red of dance, the red of joy, the red of war, the red of anguish and the red of a flamboyant sunset that so often presages a storm.
This piece was composed in 2005, commissioned by IMEB, Bourges, for William Latchoumia. The Scherzo from my piano concerto and the short piece Alla brève for solo piano became the sources of inspiration for me. Reflets irisés consist of ten fragments of about one minute each. My focus was to conjure up glittering and sparkling sounds, with considerable internal movement for both the solo and electro-acoustic parts. The work is initiated by the soloist who gets involved in a tense dialogue of acoustic chiaroscuro, or exchange of colors, between the piano and the recorded electronic part. And here I also try to create an illusion of mobility of the recorded electronics through the specific design of its harmonization with the instrumental score. Despite the “immobility” of the electro-acoustic part, the soloist enjoys a considerable freedom of expression. Nevertheless the time indications of the electronic part do often tie the performer to the pre-determined time periods. The electro-acoustic part was recorded in the Charybde IMEB Studio in Bourges in 2005.
Elzbieta Sikora studied electronic music with Pierre Schaeffer and Francois Bayle at the GRM in Paris and music composition with Tadeusz Baird and Zbigniew Rudzinski in Music Academy, Warszaw, Poland and with Betsy Jolas in Paris. She founded, with W.Michniewski and K.Knittel the Group of Composers KEW. Scholarships from the French Government at IRCAM, Paris, from the City of Mannheim, and from the Kosciuszko Foundation at CCRMA (Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics), Stanford, have enriched the composer's international outlook. Elzbieta Sikora is the Artistic Director of Musica Electronica Nova Festival in Wroclaw, Poland since 2011.
Her opera Madame Curie was premiered in Paris in 2011 and was performed in China, Tianjin in September 2014 by the ensemble of Opera BaBtycka, Gdansk.