Monday, August 26, 2013

Notations 12: Violette and Llach

Here is the twelfth installment of Notations! Inspired by Cage's 1969 bookNotations is a collection of graphic scores, hand drawn music calligraphy, computer code, compositional sketches, text scores, and other innovative forms of musical notation.

Every Monday we'll showcase notation by two different composers, primarily focusing on those local to Los Angeles. This week's composers are Andrew Violette and Federico Llach.

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From Amor Dammi Quel Fazzolettino by Andrew Violette

Andrew Violette, a composer and pianist, has assembled a large portfolio of works since the early 1970's, when he was a student of Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at the Juilliard School. Mr. Violette is a Romantic with Minimalist leanings, although his language does not easily fit into either category. His Romanticism, in other words, is evident in his penchant for monumental chord blocks and swirling filigree, but there is also a hefty measure of more contemporary dissonance and angularity. He has adopted the Minimalists' techniques of repetition and gradual expansion, but since his music is somewhat spikier and less consonant than typical Minimalism, one doesn't hear it as being of the Minimalist school.

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From Perishable Music by Federic Llach

Federico Llach is a composer and double bass player. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara - where he is studying composition with Clarence Barlow and others - he worked with some of the most remarkable performers and conductors of Buenos Aires' contemporary music and jazz scene, both as composer and performer. Earned a Degree in Compositon (IUNA, 2009) and graduated from Escuela de M├║sica Contempor├ínea (2003). In 2009 was awared with the Melos‐Gandini Scholarship. Received the Sadaic award in Composition for his work "Talampaya", for orchestra, premiered by Argentine National Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Artistic Director and double bass player of the Now Hear Ensemble.

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